Lunch on the Lawns at Government House | Adelaide

Lunch on the Lawns at Government House in Adelaide

Her Excellency the Governor is opening the family friendly grounds of Government House for the public to enjoy their lunch picnic-style on the lawns.

Her Excellency and Mr Bunten invite the public to go along to the Government House gardens, take a picnic lunch, spread out a rug or unfold a camping chair and enjoy the surroundings, while listening to a community band or orchestra.

The free events will be held on the first Friday of the month from 12 noon to 2pm starting on Friday 1 September 2023.

Just go through the main gates on North Terrace and choose your picnic spot. Children can enjoy the music while running around the extensive lawns, and exploring the gardens.

Garden Tours:

On the same dates, free garden tours of the Government House grounds, hosted by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide will run from 10.45am to 11.45am.

As part of the tours, adults will enjoy learning about how the Government House garden has developed over time. Adults and children alike can get up close to the garden’s oldest trees, as well as statues and sculptures. They can touch plants in the sensory garden, visit the Governor’s Rose Garden, which has a dedicated rose for each Governor in the history of the state, and investigate what’s currently in season in the vegetable gardens.

Registrations are required for these guided tours by phoning 8203 9800.


Lunch on the Lawns is from 12pm – 2pm on the first Friday of each month. 

  • Friday 1 September 2023
  • Friday 6 October 2023
  • Friday 3 November 2023
  • Friday 1 December 2023
  • Friday 5 January 2024
  • Friday 2 February 2024
  • Friday 1 March 2024
  • Friday 3 May 2024

Lunch on the Lawns is part of Her Excellency’s and Mr Bunten’s aim to make Government House a place where more South Australians feel welcome and are able to visit. Lunch on the Lawns is appropriate for all ages. Strollers are welcome on the garden tours.

Entry is free and no bookings are required for the lunch on the lawns. BYO food, beverages, chairs and blankets. 

Garden Tour Bookings:

Garden tours will be held from 10:45am – 11:45am.

Entry is free, but bookings are required by phoning (08) 8203 9800.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Governor’s website.

What:   Lunch on the Lawns at Government House

When:    First Friday of each month at 12pm – 2pm (see dates above)

Where:   Government House | Corner of North Terrace and King William Road, Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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