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Community access

Restart the Arts with Government House


To support local artists and associated creative industries affected by COVID-19, the Governor and Ms Annus have launched a new initiative, ‘Restart the Arts with Government House’, to increase the use of the Ballroom for the community.

The Ballroom will be made available for local artists and arts organisations who have lost rehearsal space or income due to COVID-19 as a venue to perform, record, rehearse and stream – in line with physical distancing protocols.

This is part of the Governor’s commitment to continue to increase the use of Government House for social and economic recovery efforts in a post-COVID-19 era.

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Ballroom chairs setup for physical distancing

Above: The ballroom perfectly set up to observe physical distancing.

Register your interest: Complete and submit our online registration form

Please note: Even with 3.2 hectares to share, we thank you for practicing social distancing protocols and good personal hygiene while in the Grounds to protect our community.

Lunchtimes in the Grounds

The Grounds of Government House are open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 12 noon and 2pm.

Please note: The Grounds are closed on Tuesday 26 January (Australia Day) but will be open again between 12pm and 2pm from Wednesday 27 January. 

Visitors are invited to take a stroll around the beautiful heritage gardens, or sit back and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Occasionally we may be unable to open the Grounds. If you are making a special trip, please contact the Office to check that they will be open.


Please note: House Tours have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. We apologise for any inconvenience and will provide an update as soon as practicable.

The Office of the Governor is delighted to offer tours of the public rooms of Government House and the Ballroom to schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

Guests will learn about the Governor’s role and his personal priorities and, importantly, how the House is being used as a busy working House for community engagement and a place for networking to advance the State’s interests.

Key facts:
  • Tours are offered on the first Thursday of every month at 9.30am, 9.50am, 10.10am and 10.30am.
  • Tours last for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Guests will be invited to enjoy light refreshments at the conclusion of the tour.
  • Tours are free but advance bookings are essential.
  • Minimum group size: 15
  • Maximum group size: 30
Expressions of interest

Please email your preferred date/s to [email protected].

Please include:

  • your group or organisation’s name
  • brief overview or background about your group or organisation
  • preferred tour date and time
  • estimated number of people
  • main contact details.

Open Days

Each year, Government House hosts Open Day events attracting thousands of people from our community to explore Government House and its grounds.

Open Days are a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to visit Government House and tour the beautiful Grounds.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Day events in 2021.

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