School and community groups are invited to take part in tours at Government House, Victoria.

The tours are led by the Governor’s husband, Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, a former County Court Judge, or a senior Government House staff. They offer a unique insight into the constitutional, ceremonial, international and community engagement duties of the Governor.

Visitors will be guided through the State Apartments to learn about the history of the House and its contemporary role.

Mr Howard showing billiard room to students
Mr Howard showing the Billiard Room to students during a tour.

About the Government House Tour  

  • Tours are offered on Monday afternoons at 2.30 - 3.45pm, or Tuesday mornings at 10am - 11.15am
  • The tour consists of a 60-minute tour of the State Apartments followed by a 15-minute Q&A session and refreshments
  • Government House tours are free
  • For school groups, the tours are best suited to secondary students in Year 9 and above
  • Students must be accompanied by, and under the direct supervision, of their teacher/s
  • Visitors need to pass through a security checkpoint and bag inspection before entering
  • Minimum group size: 15
  • Maximum group size: 30
  • Advance bookings are essential
  • For security purposes, bags are not permitted inside the House.  Bags and backpacks will be stored in a safe location within the grounds.

Book a tour 

The school and community group tours are booked out for the remainder of 2019. To book a tour in 2020, email Simone Rodriguez, Community Engagement Programs Coordinator.

In your email, please include:

  • Name of school or community group
  • Year level and number of students (for school groups)
  • Preferred tour dates (please provide a range of dates)
Governor and Mr Howard in front of Government House with participants of the Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program
The Governor and Mr Howard with participants of the Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program following a tour

Where we are

Getting there

Check the Metro Tunnel website for transport disruptions as part of the tunnel works.


Public transport

You are encouraged to take public transport:

  • La Trobe’s Cottage is about a 30-minute walk from Flinders Street Station  
  • Take the St Kilda Road/Coventry Street tram - routes 3/3a, 5, 6,16, 64, 67 and 72 - and get off at the Domain Interchange/St Kilda Road. Then walk 600m along Dallas Brooks Drive to La Trobe’s Cottage.


There is metered parking on Linlithgow and Birdwood Avenues, but there may be limited availability.

More information

Contact Erin Hollis