Open Days at Government House

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Government House Open Day 2018

Bring along a picnic and enjoy the grounds and surrounds of Victoria's historic Government House as part of an Open Day on Australia Day, Friday, 26 January 2018.

You can visit the State Apartments, including the famous Ballroom, and enjoy a range of activities, displays and performances throughout the grounds.

Entry is free. Gates open at 9.30 am.

Open Day Program 

Government House


  • Self-guided tours operate between 10am – 3.30pm (The queue will close at 3.00 pm)


  • Bricks4Kidz - Take part in Lego play, technical Lego and robotics activities
  • The Johnston Collection – View an historic Louis XVI style suite


Around the Gardens 

Western Lawn

  • Picnic Area – Enjoy your picnic with views of the city skyline and the House.
  • Live broadcast by 3MBS Fine Music – Listen to the special broadcast on Australian musicians and composers
  • Ceremonial Trees – Discover which trees were planted by royalty, and former Governors and their spouses
  • Roulettes flyover at 12.30 pm – Enjoy the best vantage point to see the Roulettes flyover
  • Enjoy roving performances and music throughout the day

Kitchen Garden

  • The Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden – Say hello to the friendly scarecrows made by Victorian students from special development schools
  • Enjoy roving performances and music throughout the day


Activities and Displays

  • Bowls Victoria – Try your arm at bowls
  • Premier’s Active April – Sign up to 30 minutes of daily activity
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Display Vehicle – Get an inside view of the aeroplane
  • Skin and Cancer Clinic – Stay sun smart with complimentary sunscreen
  • St John Mobile CPR Lab – Learn CPR in 10 minutes
  • Tennis Victoria Hot Shots and Cardio – Test your tennis skills


Historic Buildings and Children’s Zone

  • Collingwood Children’s Farm – Pet some farm animals
  • CFA Education Bus and Display Vehicle – Learn about the CFA and how to be fire safe
  • Historic vehicles - View the Historic State Coach on loan from Museum Victoria for the day and also former State Governor’s cars.
  • Living Legends – Pat former champion race horses in the historic Hopetoun Stables
  • Roving children’s entertainment – Enjoy monster bubbles, face painting and balloon artistry


Food and Beverages

  • Scones and tea by the Country Women’s Association
  • Ice Cream and Coffee carts
  • Food Court
  • Water Fountains available throughout the grounds


Public Transport

You are encouraged to take public transport:

  • Flinders Street Station is a 15-20 minute walk to Government House
  • Take the St Kilda Rd/Coventry St tram and get off at the Grant Street-Police Memorial stop



Parking will not be available at the House. If you drive, there will be limited metered parking on Linlithgow and Birdwood Avenues


Open House Melbourne

Government House will once again be open to the public as part of Open House Melbourne on Saturday, 28 July 2018.

Self-guided tours of the State Apartments will be available from 10 am to 4 pm.

For more information go to the Open House Melbourne website.