House and Gardens



The Queen's Bedroom

The Queen's Bedroom is the main suite for distinguished guests at Government House and is named in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who stayed in this room on 5 October 1982. The bedroom was referred to as the Royal Suite for this occasion.

View The Queen's Bedroom album in the photo gallery



The Drawing Room 

The Drawing Room is the venue for small receptions, presentations and investitures. It is the central stone hall of the original Residence and is the oldest known European structure in Darwin.

View The Drawing Room album in the photo gallery

​The Prince of Wales Room 

The Prince of Wales Room was refurbished in 1998 and is now used as the main reception and sitting room for receiving courtesy calls, visitors and dignitaries.

View The Prince of Wales Room album in the photo gallery

​The Dining Room 

This room is used for formal luncheons and dinners. The Queensland red cedar sideboards, table and chairs were purchased by Mrs Hilda Abbott after World War II and, when fully extended, the table can seat up to twenty guests.

View The Dining Room album in the photo gallery



​The Verandahs 

The verandahs were originally open, but later enclosed with bamboo slatting and shutters. The current louvres were installed prior to
World War II.

View The Verandahs album in the photo gallery



​The Gardens 

The grounds cover an area of 1.4 hectares. John George Knight was responsible for establishing a fine tropical grove with terraced walks in the grounds of the Residence in 1878-79. Knight's garden was re-established during the 1930s by Mrs Hilda Abbott.

View The Gardens album in the photo gallery

Government House is a heritage building and areas of the buildings and grounds contain asbestos containing materials (ACM). In accordance with the Northern Territory Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act and Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations, Government House has an Asbestos Management Plan in place and all ACM are sealed and well-maintained.