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Government House Victoria Australia Day Open Day

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Come check out Govt House and all the activities on there
Government House will be having an open day so you can wander around, see parts of the house as well as the gardens. This will take place on Saturday 26th January 2019, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. This will be a befitting and wonderful opportunity to see this house and garden on Australia Day and it is actually part of the Australia Day celebrations!

It will be a self-guided tour, which I personally prefer, as you can wander at your own pace and if something interests you, you can stop and spend as much time there are you wish.

Front entrance - Image:

The tours start at the Fountain Court entrance and run between 10.00 am and 3.30 pm, and the queue will close at 3.00 pm.

Start of tour - Image:

The Ballroom
The ballroom will be one of the places you can visit and this is not a part of the actual house tour. This can be entered by the ballroom steps.

Special Documentary Screening
There will be a special documentary of 5-minute segments which will explain the role of the Governor, the actual history of Government House and the role that it plays today.

Scienceworks Display
Here you will be able to experiment with the latest science and technology gadgets

CSIRO 3D Printing Demonstrations
3-D printing is becoming more and more popular and this is an activity for children to use their imagination and design their own flag for Australia Day.

This will be LEGO play, including technical LEGO and robotics activities.

Around The Gardens
In the gardens, there will be live performances and roving entertainment right through the day.

The Western Lawn
Main Stage This stage will have music and dance performances by:
The Greater Dandenong Band
The BAM Allstars
SHIAMAK Bollywood Dance Group
The Caulfield Drum Corps

Picnic Area Here you can obviously have a picnic with your family and/or friends. There are nice views of the city and Government House from this area.

Ceremonial Trees You will learn about the trees that were planted by members of the royal family and former governors and their spouses.

Roulettes Flyover - This will happen at 12.30 pm and is a great spot to see this flyover.

Activities and Displays - the following are some of the display and activities you will be able to do on the day:

Skin and Cancer Clinic Stay sun smart with complimentary sunscreen
St John Mobile CPR Lab Learn CPR in 10 minutes
Avalon Air Show
Croquet Victoria where you can have a friendly game with the whole family
Tennis Victoria Hot Shots a fun way to learn about tennis
VicHealth Soccer Mums learn all about playing team sports

Kitchen Garden and Children's Zone
The Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden Here there will be some awesome scarecrows made by Victorian students from special development schools
Learn about the Government House beehive and the importance of sustainable living
Roving entertainment
Free face painting
Collingwood Children's Farm where you can get up close and personal with friendly farm animals
CFA display vehicle and demonstrations
Living Legends have you ever patted an ex-champion racehorse? Now is your chance to do this in the historic Hopetoun Stables
Historic vehicle display
The 21 gun salute will take place at noon at the Shrine of Remembrance

The Country Women's Association will be making their delicious scones with a cup of tea, or you can buy ice cream or coffee from the vendors in the food court.

If you are at a loose end on Australia Day, why not go down and do this tour - you can find out more information at their website.
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Why? For a tour of Government House and Gardens on Australia Day
When: 26th January 2019
Where: Government House Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3004
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