Official Residences

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General administers the two heritage listed vice-regal properties – Government House Canberra and Admiralty House Sydney – on behalf of the Commonwealth Government as the official residences of the Governor-General.

Schools are encouraged to contact Government House to arrange a guided tour.

Government House

Government House Canberra is located in the suburb of Yarralumla with a boundary to Lake Burley Griffin. This is the principal residence of the Governor-General and the main administrative centre for the Office. A large number of events and activities are conducted at Government House including receptions; investiture and credential ceremonies; state dinners for visiting Royalty and heads of state; and functions for community and special needs groups. The property is made available on request to charitable organisations as a venue to raise funds for those groups. The 54 hectare property is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage list and comprises both heritage buildings and landscape elements. Government House, Canberra, in its origins and architecture, is quite unlike Government Houses of the State capitals. Most State Government Houses were built more>

Admiralty House

Admiralty House is the Sydney residence of the Governor-General located in the suburb of Kirribilli where many events and activities are also held each year. The story of Admiralty House and of its site at Kirribilli begins in the 18th century with Thomas Muir, the Scottish constitutional reformer more>

Property Management

Heritage Register (PDF Format)

Heritage Strategy 2006 (PDF Format)