This convict-built Georgian house and its surrounds is a World Heritage site. It was the country residence for the first ten governors of NSW. Today it houses the nation’s premier colonial furniture collection amongst parkland and other heritage sites.
Standing in 200 acres of parkland overlooking historic Parramatta, the convict-built Old Government House and garrison buildings were built in 1799-1816, the oldest surviving public buildings in Australia. For seven decades, it was the ‘country’ residence of ten early governors of the Colony, including Gov. Lachlan and Mrs Macquarie who, from 1810 to 1821 preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta to the unsanitary and crime ridden streets of Sydney Town. Explore the nation’s premier early colonial furniture collection and reflect on the social history surrounding the other occupants and uses of the house. World Heritage listed Old Government House is set above the Parramatta River where you can visit our restaurant, gift shop, cafe, picnic areas and other heritage sites. PLEASE NOTE: OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE IS CURRENTLY HOSTING THE “GOVERNANCE” EXHIBITION FROM 10 MARCH TO 16 APRIL. HOUSE TOURS STILL AVAILABLE