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FREE Guided Tours of Government House - March 2021

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Update March 29th 2021
Please note the events on 31 March and 1 April have been cancelled.

A rare glimpse into an historical landmark
FREE Guided Tours of Government House, March 2021, Fernberg, state-owned residence, Queensland landmark, premier heritage home, historical landmark, special event, Wednesdays, Thursdays, dining room, drawing room, investiture room, small sitting room, art collection, Gavel, vice-regal dog, ninety minute tours, pre-print entry tickets, photo ID, limited photography, no backpacks, no large handbags, Covid-19 restrictions in place
Visit Government House in March 2021


Fernberg, also known as Government House, has been the historic home of Queensland Governors since 1910 and is the working residence of the Governor of Queensland. As a heritage-listed, State-owned residence, surrounded by hectares of remnant original bushland and formal gardens and grounds, including a small vegetable patch, Government House is an important Queensland landmark, steeped in historical, cultural and environmental significance. The grounds have accommodated the functions of Government House for more than one hundred years and feature many trees and plants of historical and botanical significance.

The name Fernberg is derived from the German words meaning 'distant mountain' with the original villa being built and named by German-born merchant, Johann Heussler in the mid-1800's. Today, Fernberg is a premier heritage home, with a story that is entangled within the history and people of Queensland.

FREE Guided Tours of Government House, March 2021, Fernberg, state-owned residence, Queensland landmark, premier heritage home, historical landmark, special event, Wednesdays, Thursdays, dining room, drawing room, investiture room, small sitting room, art collection, Gavel, vice-regal dog, ninety minute tours, pre-print entry tickets, photo ID, limited photography, no backpacks, no large handbags, Covid-19 restrictions in place
The Dining Room is the setting for formal hospitality hosted by the Governor


This historical landmark is not usually open to the public so the FREE Guided Tours of Government House are very special events, giving members of the public the unique opportunity to snatch a rare glimpse behind the doors of the Governor's official working residence and to explore this vast estate's majestic, heritage-listed gardens.

After a brief break in 2020, public tours of the Queensland Governor's official residence will recommence from Wednesday 3 March 2021. To celebrate, Government House is putting on extra public tours during the month of March, with FREE guided tours taking place every Wednesday and Thursday at 10.30am and again at 2.00pm.

FREE Guided Tours of Government House, March 2021, Fernberg, state-owned residence, Queensland landmark, premier heritage home, historical landmark, special event, Wednesdays, Thursdays, dining room, drawing room, investiture room, small sitting room, art collection, Gavel, vice-regal dog, ninety minute tours, pre-print entry tickets, photo ID, limited photography, no backpacks, no large handbags, Covid-19 restrictions in place
Visitors' Sitting Room, displaying photographic portraits of Queensland's Governors


Visitors to Fernberg will enjoy a guided tour of the House, including the stately Dining Room, Drawing Room, Investiture Room and Small Sitting Room, whilst being able to appreciate the vast art collection on display, including art works on loan from the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the Royal Collection Trust.

Gavel, the Vice-Regal dog, will be on duty, putting his best 'paw' forward, so our pooches will need to stay at home, unless they are assistance dogs. Did you know that Gavel has his very own book, called 'Gavel Finds His Place', where the reader can follow Gavel on his adventures around Queensland. With beautiful illustrations, you can read all about Gavel's exciting travels online here.

FREE Guided Tours of Government House, March 2021, Fernberg, state-owned residence, Queensland landmark, premier heritage home, historical landmark, special event, Wednesdays, Thursdays, dining room, drawing room, investiture room, small sitting room, art collection, Gavel, vice-regal dog, ninety minute tours, pre-print entry tickets, photo ID, limited photography, no backpacks, no large handbags, Covid-19 restrictions in place
Gavel, proudly showing off his book


Important 'stuff' to remember -

The Government House tours will take approximately ninety minutes and guests should arrange to arrive fifteen minutes prior to the commencement of their tour, via 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington (Gate B). Limited parking is available on-site and all adult attendees are required to produce photo identification.
Please follow the instructions to pre-purchase your tickets to the FREE guided tours online here, via the Eventbrite website. Please remember to print or download the tickets, prior to your arrival at Government House.
The tour includes approximately fifty stairs. If you have mobility issues, please call (07) 3858-5750 before booking.
Guests will be permitted limited photography - staff at Government House will advise accordingly.
Please note no backpacks or large handbags will be permitted to be taken into Government House.

FREE Guided Tours of Government House, March 2021, Fernberg, state-owned residence, Queensland landmark, premier heritage home, historical landmark, special event, Wednesdays, Thursdays, dining room, drawing room, investiture room, small sitting room, art collection, Gavel, vice-regal dog, ninety minute tours, pre-print entry tickets, photo ID, limited photography, no backpacks, no large handbags, Covid-19 restrictions in place
The magnificent working residence of the Governor of Queensland


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions,entry to Government House is subject to all visitors following the protocols outlined in theHealth Safety Protocols at Government House. Guests who are unwilling to comply with these protocols will be unable to enter the Government House Estate.

All images courtesy of Governor of Queensland FB
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Why? For a rare glimpse into an historical landmark
When: Every Wednesday and Thursday during the month of March 2021 | 10.30am to 12.00pm and again at 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Phone: Please call (07) 3858-5750 regarding mobility issues before booking
Where: Government House, 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington (Gate B), QLD 4064
Cost: FREE Entry | Please pre-print or download your FREE tickets before arrival at Government House
Your Comment
Thanks Elaine. I have wanted to visit Govt House for some time.
by May Cross (score: 3|7972) 155 days ago
Thanks for sharing Elaine. Its on my to-do list.
by Barry (score: 3|2291) 154 days ago
I would love to do this tour
My father used to guard the grounds
Finally I can see what he talked about 🥰
by dawnb (score: 0|5) 154 days ago
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