Old Government House
Old Government House
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Old Government House, the home of Queensland's governors between 1862 and 1910, is Queensland's most important heritage building. After undergoing a major restoration, the house has re-opened as an historic house museum and gallery housing the works of renowned Australian artist William Robinson. An extensive education program, including guided tours, podcasts and interpretive displays, offers fascinating insights into the house and its role in the early history of Brisbane and Queensland.
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  • AJ Pato
    Kempsey, Australia668 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical building at its best.
    Such a beautiful house in a magnificent location being near the Botanical gardens. Free entry. The walk through must be seen to be appreciated. The art gallery upstairs is worth a look but the main attraction is the house itself. The chandelier is absolutely one in a million.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Local
    180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elegant heritage building
    Once the temple of Brisbane high society, where grand balls were made and nobles and royalty stayed. Beautiful architecture where classes were defined (servants at the rear) and where male and female occupied different parts of the house too (Governor’s wife with children upstairs while Governor and men in other rooms downstairs). Did you know that a French Chef has invented the Lamington in this house? Built in 1862, this magnificent mansion is now a museum and is free. It is located next to the City Botanical gardens and it tells you a lot about the History of Brisbane.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Luke's N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Cafe Ever!!
    Words cannot describe how much I recommend The Kitchen at Old Government House. The food is absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced for the quality of the food and the service. David (the barista) and Michelle (the chef) are always happy to chat and are eager to serve with a smile. The coffee is lovely with lingering cereal and fruity notes and I can highly recommend the Arancini with salad. The arancini is light but certainly flavoursome and leaves you wanting more with the salad always being fresh with a variety of flavour and texture. The flavour dances on your tongue with each bite. I am looking forward to seeing them succeed as of all the cafes on the QUT campus and indeed in the area, this one is a level above the rest.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,383 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit; no admission cost
    We really enjoyed visiting this location. The staff are very friendly. It is interesting to see the old furnishings, some of which have been attractively updated. There is a unique elevator that you should try. Several hundred pieces of the work by artist william Robinson are displayed and they are great. See the photos. Please give me a like if this is a helpful review. You can check out my reviews of other sites in Brisbane.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed visiting this location. The staff are very friendly. It is interesting to see the old furnishings, some of which have been attractively updated. There is a unique elevator that you should try. Several hundred pieces of the work by artist william Robinson are displayed and they are great. See the photos. Please give me a like if this is a helpful review. You can check out my reviews of other sites in Brisbane.
Written 26 January 2024
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Luke's N
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Words cannot describe how much I recommend The Kitchen at Old Government House. The food is absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced for the quality of the food and the service. David (the barista) and Michelle (the chef) are always happy to chat and are eager to serve with a smile. The coffee is lovely with lingering cereal and fruity notes and I can highly recommend the Arancini with salad. The arancini is light but certainly flavoursome and leaves you wanting more with the salad always being fresh with a variety of flavour and texture. The flavour dances on your tongue with each bite. I am looking forward to seeing them succeed as of all the cafes on the QUT campus and indeed in the area, this one is a level above the rest.
Written 11 October 2023
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Local
180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Once the temple of Brisbane high society, where grand balls were made and nobles and royalty stayed.
Beautiful architecture where classes were defined (servants at the rear) and where male and female occupied different parts of the house too (Governor’s wife with children upstairs while Governor and men in other rooms downstairs).
Did you know that a French Chef has invented the Lamington in this house?
Built in 1862, this magnificent mansion is now a museum and is free.
It is located next to the City Botanical gardens and it tells you a lot about the History of Brisbane.
Written 19 September 2023
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AJ Pato
Kempsey, Australia668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful house in a magnificent location being near the Botanical gardens. Free entry. The walk through must be seen to be appreciated. The art gallery upstairs is worth a look but the main attraction is the house itself. The chandelier is absolutely one in a million.
Written 20 August 2023
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obizerokenobi
Los Angeles, CA182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
You’d think The Kitchen at OGH is just an average café on a university campus, so what could possibly be so special about this place? Turns out that this café is actually the kitchen in the old governor’s mansion over 150 years ago, and is the birthplace of the lamington, which is a local dessert that is sadly not common outside of Australia. Apparently, so the story goes, the governor’s chef was blindsided by a request to prepare food for an unexpected number of guests at the mansion, and using only the available leftover ingredients, cobbled together the dessert that now bears the governor’s name, and everyone there was so impressed that it became a thing. Also, the lamingtons they serve there today – and the melting moments and mochas – are quite good.
Written 12 August 2023
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B T
London, UK1,216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
You can go inside for free and it is interesting to go inside, but most of the rooms are bare and almost empty. Upstairs is now an art gallery. It could be much better if it was stocked with more period furniture, historical things etc.
Written 13 October 2022
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
QLD was established as an independent colony in 1859 and one of the new colony's priorities was to build a viceregal residence so that the first Governor, Sir George Bowen, could live in a grand state. It was inhabited by a succession of governors from 1862 until 1910 when it was transferred to be the nucleus of University of Queensland, and later in the mid 20th century transferred to the National Trust and was the first building in the State to be heritage listed in 1969.
The building is described as Classical revival style and very interesting to view old photographs of changes through the years to what it is now. There is a very good information pamphlet that shows the layout of the ground and first floors and reflects the social structures of the day. Interestingly, the Larder and Vegetable rooms now serve as male & female toilets respectively. The building is very sparse of furniture but there are interesting interpretative displays throughout. The first floor houses an exhibition of the works of William Robinson.
Written 13 November 2021
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia1,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Worth it given the proximity to other attractions such as the Botanic gardens and near the bridge to the south bank. It is free to look through and the building itself is quaint and historic. There is a Robinson art exhibition upstairs currently
Written 4 January 2021
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Curiosity251328
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Old Government House is a grand historical residence with an interesting history made fascinating and amusing by the highly articulate tour guide. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and she knew all the answers. Book for the tour and allow a couple of relaxed hours. You can check in bags etc. at reception. There is a cafe there too, although we did not try it.
Written 6 February 2020
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margaretclincoln
Lincoln, UK915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We popped in to the Old Government House on our way to the Botanical Gardens. How lucky are the students at University there as both are within their campus grounds. The volunteers on the door were friendly and helped us understand a bit about the history. There are not too many things to actually see whilst you walk around but the rooms are quite magnificent, as you would expect. Well worth a quick look around, especially as it was free.
Written 6 February 2020
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