Botanical Pick and Press Children’s Activity

Join us for some springtime floral fun in the grounds of Old Government House.

Old Government House is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am – 4pm, this activity is open between Tuesday 28 September and Sunday 3 October.

Follow the favoured pastime of early naturalists and botanists and fill a flower press with specimens you collect from around the grounds. Can you find the same plants as George Caley, the first Colonial Botanist? He collected specimens from the land surrounding Old Government House in the early 1800s and dried them in Old Government House before sending them to England.

Volunteers will be on hand to help you identify the various plants in the grounds and to help you select suitable specimens for your flower press. Children can take home their flower press and samples as a memento of their visit.

After completing this activity explore the Enquiring Minds exhibition to find out more about George Caley and the work he did collecting plant specimens.

This event is perfect for families, parents and grandparents in search of a day’s outing with a historical twist. Children may take home their flower press as a memento.

  • Please note this is an outdoor activity and weather dependent.
  • We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and bringing along a hat if it is sunny.
  • We recommend this activity for children 5 years and over.
  • Please allow 30 minutes for the activity.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Enquiries: Please contact the property directly on 02 9635 8149 or via email at

Tickets: Standard entry fee applies. Book in advance via Eventbrite.

Old Government House

Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW


Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am – 4pm.


Mondays and public holidays.

(02) 9635 8149
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
*Concession/child - $10
Family - $35
Children under 5 years – FREE
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)
Please note: To ensure we can manage timed entry and safe physical distancing, we are asking visitors to pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.

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