Old Government House
Standing in 260 acres of parkland overlooking historic Parramatta, Old Government House is Australia’s oldest surviving public building. For seven decades, it was the ‘country’ residence of 10 early governors of the colony, including Governor and Mrs Macquarie who, from 1810 to 1821 preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta to the unsanitary and crime ridden streets of Sydney Town.
[Source: National Trust of Australia, NSW | Read more...]
The existing building is located on the site of the original small house built in 1790 for Governor Phillip. A large and elegant residence constructed in 1799 by Governor Hunter replaced this small house. This structure was enlarged and improved in 1815 and 1816 by Governor Macquarie to its present form. It was used as a Vice-Regal residence until 1855.
[Source: Parramatta Park Trust | Read more...]
- Tuesday to Friday – 10:00am to 4:30pm (last tour at 4pm)
- Weekends and Public Holidays – 10.30am to 4pm
- Mondays – booked groups only.
National Trust members free, adults $9, concession $6, families$24, groups $6pp.
A joint ticket for both Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage can be purchased which includes a 10% discount on National Trust shop merchandise and dining at Lachlan’s Restaurant at Old Government House – adults $13, concession $9, family $35.
Wheelchair users and people with limited mobility – access is to the ground level only, via a portable ramp through the back (main) entrance of the House. Ground floor rooms are accessible with some limits. The first floor is accessible by stairs only.
A guided tour will highlight the history and items in the collection in rooms which are not accessed easily.
[Source: Old Government House website | more...]
- Lachlan’s Restaurant & Café - http://lachlans.com.au/
- National Trust Gift Shop
For a virtual tour of Governor Macquarie’s Parramatta Residence, click here.