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Government House, Melbourne

Government House, Melbourne

Government House is one of Melbourne’s most stunning buildings and is the official residence of Victoria’s Governor. It was also home to Australia’s Governor-General, following federation, from 1901 to 1930. The house is located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens on land that was set aside by Charles La Trobe in 1841 and in 1870 the decision was made to finally construct a purpose built Victorian Government House there. It is the largest government house anywhere in the former British Empire. The flamboyant style of the building reflects the immense wealth of the state at that time as a direct result of the gold rush.

Generally Government House is generally closed to the public as it is in use for state events and as the Governor’s private residence. However, tours may be available on Mondays and Wednesdays if you make an advance booking. The ballroom is said to be the largest in the southern hemisphere and within the British Empire. Every Australia Day it is opened up to visitors including many private apartments. Paying a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens and wandering up to Government House to see its lovely Italianate exterior at close range is highly recommended.

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Sight Name: Government House
Sight Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Melbourne, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Melbourne

Create Your Own Walk in Melbourne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Melbourne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Children's Walking Tour in Melbourne

Children's Walking Tour in Melbourne

Melbourne offers some unique attractions for children. Your children can learn and see many new things, like rare southern fish and Antarctica penguins, toys dating back to 1880. This self-guided tour will lead you to the fun places in Melbourne to amuse your children:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Cultural Walking Tour of Melbourne

Cultural Walking Tour of Melbourne

Besides being a commercial and sports center, Melbourne is also the prime cultural center of Australia. There are many art galleries, museums and theaters that reflect Australian and western cultures. Melbourne has created its own local culture and expressed it through art -- performing, culinary, and visual. This self-guided tour will reveal to you the international culture of Melbourne:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Melbourne Museums Walking Tour

Melbourne Museums Walking Tour

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, in Australia. It is the biggest city on this continent, after Sydney, and dates back to 1835. Melbourne being a center of culture, commerce, education and sport, has many very interesting museums. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular museums of Melbourne.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
Landmarks of Melbourne Walking Tour

Landmarks of Melbourne Walking Tour

Melbourne is an amazing city with its beautiful parks and gardens, Victorian and modern architecture. This self-guided tour will lead you to some of the most remarkable landmarks in Melbourne.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
St. Kilda District Walking Tour

St. Kilda District Walking Tour

St. Kilda district of Melbourne is situated along a fantastic beach of the Pacific Ocean. It is a cosmopolitan suburb near Port Phillip Bay. Its most popular attractions are situated not far from the beach. One of them is the huge and historical Luna Park. This self-guided tour will lead you through St. Kilda's main attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Nightlife Walking Tour of Melbourne

Nightlife Walking Tour of Melbourne

The nightlife in Melbourne always impresses its visitors by its uniqueness and variety. There are all types of clubs and bars to go with your mood. Some of the biggest entertainment centers in the southern hemisphere are in Melbourne. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular night clubs in Melbourne:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles

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Chocolate Indulgence Tour of Melbourne

Chocolate Indulgence Tour of Melbourne

Melbourne has a reputation for cafés and fine restaurants, and lately a chocolate fever has taken over the city. This tour takes you through the alleyways and arcades of the city center whilst stopping at selected chocolate indulgence points. Take your senses on a unique experience through six of...