Government House – a Regal Destination

Children’s University is delighted to announce that Government House is opening its doors to CU students for the very first time during their Open Day on Sunday 30th October, 2022.

“Government House has been the home and workplace of South Australian Governors for more than 180 years,” Her Excellency said.

“On your visit, you will have a chance to see rooms such as the Queen Elizabeth II Room, the Ballroom and the State Dining Room to learn about the history of the house and its relevance in today’s society.”

“Rod and I are looking forward to welcoming you and your families on Sunday!”

Government House is the oldest public building in South Australia and is the oldest Government House in Australia! However, the present Government House is the second building to be bestowed with that name, with the first Vice Regal residence, “Government Hut” constructed of timber slabs, wattle and daub, and a calico ceiling.

Today, Government House is a very different place and welcomes visitors who’d like to learn about its past and current history.


Pick up a Quiz sheet at the entrance and answer the questions as you take a tour around Government House. Friendly guides are available to answer questions as you go.

Don’t forget to show staff the completed quiz sheet to receive a stamp in your Passport to Learning for 60 minutes.

While you’re on the grounds of Government House, take the opportunity to walk through the beautiful gardens.

On the eastern lawns of Government House, you’ll find an Armillary Sphere sundial which was installed in 1991. You will also see a wonderful array of flowers which are often used in decorative displays throughout Government House.

You might even catch a glimpse of Her Excellency, the Honourable Frances Adamson AC and her cavoodle, Alfie.

Did you know: The Governor sends congratulatory messages to South Australians who have achieved significant milestones in their lives such as 100th birthdays!

With the support of Government House, CU is able to fulfil its goal of supporting and promoting social inclusion at all levels.

By enabling young people in regional South Australia to access the CU program, including school holiday programs and graduation ceremonies, we promote equity of opportunity and establish new pathways for higher education for all children, particularly those affected by disadvantage.

We thank Government House and the Governor for their part in supporting South Australian communities and families by enhancing the lives of their children.

For details on events and upcoming Open days at Government House, please check their website here.