Opening of the Coach House at Old Government House

02 Nov 2020 press release

The Adelaide City Deal is continuing to boost the region’s cultural and tourism economy with the completion of upgrades to the Coach House and Gardens at Old Government House at Belair National Park.

What was once the summer residence of South Australia’s early governors, Old Government House is now home to magnificent gardens which have been extensively renovated and replanted over the years.

Set within the gardens and adjacent to Old Government House is the Coach House, now a home for the Friends of Old Government House – a dedicated volunteer group that support the many visitors to Belair; Australia’s second oldest national park.

South Australian Minister for the Environment and Water David Speirs said projects like this help build on the city's global reputation in the arts and culture.

“We’re not even two years into the implementation of the City Deal and already we can see the benefits it’s providing,” Minister Speirs said.

“Renovating sites like the Coach House and gardens at Old Government House ensure we keep visitors and tourists coming to the community to see these beautiful attractions.”

Federal Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint attended the re-opening and said the upgrades highlight the stunning Victorian architecture at the grounds.

“The Australian Government is proud to be supporting this fabulous part of South Australia’s history, located in the heart of Australia’s second oldest national park, Belair National Park,” Ms Flint said.

“It is a standout example of our state’s early built heritage, and I encourage locals and tourists to visit the House and grounds, both of which are so carefully cared for by our amazing Friends of Old Government House volunteers.”

The property is located 11 kilometres south of Adelaide, at the heart of Belair National Park.

The Australian Government has contributed nearly $200,000 to the restoration works as part of its $2 million investment under the Adelaide City Deal.

The Adelaide City Deal is a 10-year, $649 million agreement between the Australian and South Australian Governments and the City of Adelaide.

More information, including the first annual progress report, is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/adelaide.