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.
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.
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.
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.