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Government House sits on Lake Burley Griffin. It is a heritage listed building and various historic parts of the property have to be maintained for future generations. This is where the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia lives and carries out ceremonial, constitutional and community duties, along with receiving official visitors.
Thousands of schoolchildren come from all over Australia to walk through the beautiful gardens, see the Government House mob of kangaroos and walk through the house. Tours of the house and gardens are conducted by Government House staff. Information presented contributes to a further understanding of what it means to be an Australian citizen, how governments work, and the special role of the Governor-General.
Government House is open weekdays, with session times from 9 am to 4 pm. Bookings are required. Please note changes to tours may be made at short notice due to changes in the Governor-General’s program.