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The grounds of Government House

The traditional owners of the land are the Ngunnawal people and we acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Government House sits on 54 hectares (133 acres). 

There are:

  • 12 hectares of cultivated garden areas
  • 8 hectares of irrigated turf areas
  • 30 hectares of drylands
  • 4 hectares of buildings, roads, terraces and paths.

Government House is the official residence of the Governor-General. The building and grounds have transformed since a farmhouse was built in the 1830s. Today, in addition to being a residence tens of thousands of visitors come to Government House each year.

Watch the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley talk about Government House and their favourite parts of the grounds.