Queensland Government House Open Day

Queensland Government House Open Day


Posted 2024-05-23 by Gillian Chingfollow

Sat 01 Jun 2024

One of Queensland's most regal homes and estates, Government House, will open to the public on 1 June 2024 where you inspect the House and gardens.

(Photo: Gillian Ching)

The gates to Government House swing open from 11:00 am in a rare opportunity for members of the public to step inside the grand beauty of "Fernberg". Visitors will be welcome to wander through the house (with valuable facts and information provided by knowledgeable guides) and wander through the magnificent rose gardens and its outdoor surrounds.

The event coincides with Queensland Day which is recognised on 6 June 2024, when it will be 165 years since Queen Victoria signed the Letters Patent, allowing Queensland to separate from New South Wales and claim independence as a colony.

Government House is the working home of the Governor of Queensland of the day during their term in the role as the King's representative. The current Governor is Dr Jeannette Young, the former Chief Health Officer whose face became very familiar to Queenslanders as she provided a regular face on our television screens giving updates and advice during the Coronavirus pandemic.

(Photo: Gillian Ching)

The House and Gardens
Fernberg was built by merchant Johann Heussler (founder of the Queensland Club) in 1865 and from 1910 went on to become the home and workplace of Queensland Governors.

(Photo: Gillian Ching)

The house is built of brick and stone over four stories. There are below kitchen and servants' room; on the ground floor spacious drawing, dining, and breakfast rooms; on the first floor three large bedrooms, and one large room on the second floor. The roof is covered with slates, and the verandahs and balconies have stunning views overlooking the city skyline.

Key parts of the House include the State Room (where official functions are held), the Drawing Room and the Investiture Room where Honour and Awards are presented and the Government is sworn in.

What Else
As you visit Government House, refreshments are available where you can purchase a sweet treat from the King of Cakes, a hot drink from the Tim Adams Specialty Coffee van and a British-style lunch from London Spuds. There will also be live music from the Brisbane Jazz Club, Manly State School and Wynnum State High School.

Government House is located at 168-170 Fernberg Road, Paddington just 3 kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District. Street parking is available - be aware that surrounding streets are quite hilly so sensible shoes are suggested for the best comfort.

Event link: https://www.govhouse.qld.gov.au/government-house/visit-government-house/queensland-day-open-house-at-government-house

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