Do you have 9 friends? Fancy doing something different whilst learning of Melbourne's rich history? Or maybe get a group of work colleagues together for a totally different kind of meeting on one of these combined Government House and La Trobe's Cottage tours.
Discover Melbourne's rich heritage with a walk around the grand rooms of Government House including the state apartments, the grand ballroom, state dining room and the billiard room. The tours have been expanded to include the significant outbuildings such as the 19th-century kitchen and the Hopetoun stables. You'll also visit the simple yet elegant La Trobe's Cottage, the original home of Victoria's first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe.
Don't have 9 friends? Don't worry, you can still visit both of these places.
You can explore the grounds of Government House during a monthly garden tour. However, this tour doesn't include access to the interior. Tours run on the third Thursday of every month at 11am and are free.
Government House gardens feature magnificent lawns, sparingly planted with specimen trees and surrounded by large beds of trees and shrubs, as well as a formal garden for the private use of the Governor and guests.
For further information and to register your attendance, click here.
Government House is located between the King's Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The Gardens at Government House
La Trobe's Cottage
This cottage is Melbourne's oldest surviving building and the restored cottage replicates the original structure and contains items belonging to La Trobe and other artefacts from the earliest time of Victoria's settlement.
La Trobe Cottage
For further information on La Trobe's Cottage and other tour details (open between October and April on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm), click here.
La Trobe Cottage is located on the corner of Birdwood Avenue and Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain, Melbourne 3004.