Australia Day Activities Melbourne
Government House open to the public
Victoria’s Government House - one of the State’s major cultural and historic assets - was open to the public as part of the 2017 Australia Day celebrations.
The Honourable Linda Dessau, AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard QC, invited community members to visit the house and its extensive gardens from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.
Built in 1876, the scale, design and craftsmanship of Government House reflects the confidence and wealth of the gold rushes, and is regarded as one of the finest examples of 19th century residential architecture in the nation.
The mews, including historic stables, and the surrounding 11 hectares of gardens are also of national cultural significance.
Other attractions as part of the Government House Open Day included:
- The State Landau (State Coach), on loan from Melbourne Museum, will return to Government House for the day. The coach was used by the Governor-General and the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary) at the opening of the first Australian Parliament, in Melbourne, in 1901, and subsequently by the Governors-General and Governors, and other Royal visitors.
- Retired champion racehorses from Living Legends in the historic 19th century Hopetoun Stables
- Live music on the West Lawn and a variety of children’s activities
Situated between the Kings Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens, Government House is 1.5 kilometres and a 20-minute walk from Flinders Street Station.
Visitors were invited to bring a picnic or refreshments can be purchased from food vendors including tea and scones from the Country Women’s Association.