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Enjoy a picnic in the picturesque heritage-listed gardens

On Saturday 3rd June 2017, you and your family are invited to explore Brisbane's premier heritage site which has been the official residence of the Queensland Governor since 1910.

The popular annual Government House Open Day will be held from 12pm to 4pm and will proceed regardless of the weather. This will be a rare opportunity to tour parts of the Governor's official residence and 14-hectare estate and also enjoy a delightful picnic in the picturesque heritage-listed gardens.

Government House, also known as Fernberg, which means 'distant mountain' in German, was constructed by German-born merchant Johann Heussler.

Since then, Fernberg has undergone a number of significant renovations. In the 1880s the iconic front facade and tower were installed by then owner John Stevenson, and in the 1930s the Queensland Government built the Eastern wing, including formal and ceremonial function rooms.

The gates will open at midday and event-goers can join free tours of Government House and the gardens throughout the day. This family-friendly event is free to attend and all event-goers are encouraged to bring along a picnic.

Entry is via the Service Gate at 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington (pedestrian access only, there is no onsite parking). Access is also available for people with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs. Staff will assist with drop-offs for people with a disability.

No onsite parking. Parking is available on the streets surrounding the Estate (off Fernberg Road, Paddington).

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When: 3 June 2017, from 12pm to 4pm
Where: Government House, Brisbane
Cost: Free Entry
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