Government House opens its doors each year to the public as part of the Open House Melbourne event. The Open House is usually held mid-year.

Open House Melbourne 2018

Government House will be open as part of Open House Melbourne on Saturday 28 July 2018. Opening times will be added to this page when they are available.

What you can expect

The State Apartments – the Ballroom, State Dining Room, State Drawing Room, State Hall and Billiard Room – will be open for viewing.  


Entry is free. You will need to pass through a security checkpoint and bag inspection before beginning the tour.

visitors in the billiard room during an open house
Visitors in the Billiard Room at Government House during an Open Day

Where we are

Getting there

Metro Tunnel disruptions

Check the Metro Tunnel website for transport disruptions as part of the tunnel works.

Public transport

You are encouraged to take public transport:

  • La Trobe’s Cottage is about a 30-minute walk from Flinders Street Station  
  • Take the St Kilda Road/Coventry Street tram - routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72 - and get off at the Domain Interchange/St Kilda Road. Then walk 600m along Dallas Brooks Drive to La Trobe’s Cottage.


There is metered parking on Linlithgow and Birdwood Avenues, but there may be limited availability.

More information

To find other open houses across Melbourne, go to the Open House Melbourne website.