08 June 2016

On Sunday 12 June the NSW Governor His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) and his wife Mrs Hurley will host an Open House and Family Picnic at NSW’s historic Government House.

The event will be held to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.

"This year marks an important milestone for Her Majesty and I hope the people of NSW will join us in commemorating the extraordinary achievements of our longest serving monarch," said Governor Hurley.

"The Open House and Family Picnic day is a wonderful opportunity to explore Government House and its gardens and learn more about the history of one of Sydney’s most impressive buildings."

The House will be open for self-guided tours and visitors will be able to explore all the State Rooms, including the drawing room, formal dining room and the grand ballroom.

Visitors will also be able to wander through the harbourside gardens, and enjoy lunch on the eastern terrace and lawn.

"Mrs Hurley and I encourage the public to bring a picnic and rug, and to soak up some winter sun on the lawns. Government House guides will be on hand to answer questions visitors may have."

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the NSW Corrective Services Band and the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Services will be running a sausage sizzle to raise money for their organisations.

A number of Vice Regal Patronage organisations will also be represented at the event and donations will be welcomed at the entrance. The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Royal Life Saving Society NSW are among the charitable organisations who'll share donations.

The Open House and Picnic Day will be held from 10am to 4pm. Visitors will be invited to make a donation on entry.