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AH, THAT HOUSE. You know the one. That dreamy, gable roof building, perched neatly on the edge of town overlooking Darwin Harbour. Built in around 1870, the white, louvered façade of Government House is softened by blue skies, nestled gently amongst a carefully tended tropical garden that beckons passers-by to sneak a peek.

By Tierney Seccull

Well, lovers of history, gardens and architecture rejoice, as Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran, Administrator of the Northern Territory and her friendly team throw open the gates in 2022 with a range of family-friendly, community-spirited events.

Kicking things off early next month is Music on the Terrace: A Jubilee Event to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Marking 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign, a number of iconic buildings across Australia will be illuminated to celebrate the occasion, including Government House.

Although plans to hold Music on the Terrace last year were impacted by a snap lockdown, Her Honour expects this year’s event to be just as popular as the inaugural event held in 2020.

“It just had a really good feel about it. People can come to Government House, and be on the Terrace, and relax. It’s a unique event for Government House – it is for the pleasure of Territorians to enjoy the house and grounds,” she says.

“There is bit of ownership, as well, which is something that is very important to us. When people come to Government House, they realise that it is their Government House, of the people. They are invited to come along and have a really nice evening, celebrating – it will be relaxing, vibrant and good fun.”

As the sun dips into the ocean, enjoy the sounds of the Australian Army Band, Band of the 1st Brigade whilst feasting upon tasty morsels, washed down by chilled cocktails or bubbly from local vendors.

You might learn a little thing or two during your visit, the friendly and welcoming team on hand to answer your burning questions.

“My husband Craig and I come out and go around talking to people. We really enjoy some down-to-earth conversations about how they are going, what their plans are for the Dry season – it’s really to touch base and check in.”

So if you’d like to sneak a glimpse into the royal grounds of this beautiful, iconic Northern Territory treasure, a little tip – tickets are limited and available late May, and if the inaugural event is anything to go by, they’ll be snapped up in a jiffy!

Note: this event name has been changed to Music on the Lawn: A Jubilee Event.

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Photos: George F Photography

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