Old Government House is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am – 4pm with timed entry tickets.
The History of Old Government House
Situated on the traditional lands of the Burramatta Darug, World Heritage listed Old Government House is the oldest surviving public building in Australia.
Built by convicts, it became the decision-making centre of the colony and served as the ‘country residence’ for the first ten Governors of Australia.
AUSTRALIAN CONVICT SITES
There are 11 places that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage series. They all tell a story of exile from one side of the world to the other and how a new nation was formed from hardship, inequality and adversity. Old Government House is one of those 11 sites – find out more about the others at Australian Convict Sites.
Old Government House sits within Parramatta Park. The Park was established in 1858 on the site of the former Parramatta Government Domain. The current parklands are 85 hectares in size, straddling the Parramatta River on the western edge of the Parramatta central business district.
What you will see when you visit
Today, this elegant Georgian house stands in 200 acres of parkland, overlooking the Parramatta River. It is home to the National Trust’s premier colonial furniture collection, early textiles and significant homewares from the time of the Governors.
How to book your tickets
You must purchase a ticket in advance and timed entry applies, unless you are redeeming a Service NSW $25 Discover NSW voucher.
You are welcome to use the Discover NSW voucher at this National Trust Property however we cannot process the voucher with your online ticket purchase at this time. Please present your voucher (printed or digitally on a device of your choice) when you arrive and we will discount your ticket on entry.
Throughout the year events are held in the Park which will mean some, or all, of the Park is car-free. Please see Parramatta Park What’s On for more information.
Keeping our community safe
As required by NSW Government regulations, all visitors must use the Service NSW QR code to check in at properties. You can download the app to your smartphone before you visit us.
Please read Terms & Conditions of Entry for more information.
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