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“Very Well Done Tour”
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“Very Well Done Tour”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is the formal seat of government for New South Wales. Most official affairs take place here.

There is an excellent paid guided tour that takes about an hour and goes through a lot of the history of NSW and the government house(s) that preceded this one.

No photography is permitted until the last two rooms - I think this is mostly to keep the tours on schedule and discourage stragglers. The gardens outside are beautiful and worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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“history lovers will love it”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

I love history, and this place is full of it. No cost, just join a tour that runs regularly, then sit back and take it all in. Imagine all the world leaders who have been there, imagine those lucky enough to live there, try imagine this is your office! But imagine the shock of realising some architect in England designed it so that it would face AWAY from that view - that is the sort of anecdote you will hear on the tour. And then next time you see the Governor General handing out awards there, it will mean so much more.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Lovely gardens and a beautiful building. We missed the guided tour but enjoyed walking around. Lots of people enjoying the relaxed vibe.

Visited March 2013
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Pulau Ubin, Singapore
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“Experience the grandeur of the Government House”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

I decided to visit the Government House, which is one of the historic houses in Sydney, when I was in Sydney in May 2012.

According to some readings, the Government House was said to be the "most sophiscated Gothic Revival building in the colony." It was built between 183 and 1845 for the Governor of New South Wales. This house was designed to present an impressive front. Imagine how grand this Government House would have looked when sailing vessels sail into the Sydney Harbour in the days when the Government House was ready.

Access into the Government House is strictly by guided tour. The guided tour is free-of-charge. The tickets to each of the guided tours to the Government House will be distributed at the gatehouse of the Government House at least half-an-hour before each tour.

Please check its website for information on the opening hours of the Government House before your visit..

Please take note that photography is not allowed inside the Government House. Thankfully, it was possible to take photographs of the exterior of the Government House.

The Government House is a lovely place for anyone who likes to visit historical buildings. It was very peaceful walking about the garden within the compounds of the Government House. I was charmed by the beauty of the Government House.

Visited May 2012
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“Stunning building!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

I attended this venue twice for official functions and was amazed both times by the history that surrounds this building. he inside in wonderful, a bit like a past era but it all added to the character of the place and the events I attended.

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