However we will be open for all the other public holidays over the Christmas/New Year period from 1 pm to 4 pm.
The garden has held up remarkably well considering the extreme heat. Our gardening group has been there almost every day to keep up the watering.
After a successful Tour and Tea open day on 27th October, it’s back to business as usual. We are open to the public on the first and third Sunday of every month, plus public holidays. Entry fee is by donation (minimum $2.00 per adult). Children under the age of 12 are free of charge.
So, the next Open Day is Sunday 3rd November, followed by Sunday 17th November. Times 1 pm to 4 pm. Last tour at 3.30 pm.
Week day private tours are available by appointment: $5 per person tour only; $10.00 a head including morning tea.
The plans for our latest “Tour and Tea” event for 27th October are coming along very well. Free entry into Belair National Park if you are attending this event.
We have decided to show one of the most fragile and significantly historical items in our collection. It is the Louisa Catt (nee Jury) quilt. This quilt hasn’t been on display for quite a while because it badly needs restoration. BUT, you will be able to see it, on display in the Main Bedroom of Old Government House for 1 day only, Sunday 27th October.
In addition, the newly renovated cellar will be open, and we have a pop-up display commemorating the epic flight from London to Darwin by Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith.
We have two very significant Smith items in the Servants’ Quarters. The first is the crib that the boys slept in when they were little, and we also have their mother’s piano; which she no doubt played when trying to get the boys to sleep.