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Sunday visit to Kirribilli House [Sep. 16th, 2007|10:27 pm]
Bob Bain
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I visited Kirribilli House (Prime Minister's Residence in Sydney and where he actually lives) and Admiralty House (Governor General of Australia's residence in Sydney) as it was open day. The queues were rather daunting and it was tiring - but it was a day out and it the first opportunity I recall of the "general public" being able to view inside a building most have only seen on TV or caught glimpses of from the Sydney Ferries that pass Kirribilli. They are both on the same grounds. Kirribilli House is quite small. It's most certainly not palatial. It is historic and of great national significance as it is where the Prime Minister of Australia has chosen to live (his alternative is "The Lodge" in Canberra) I believe there is a cabinet office near the Intercontinental Hotel which is where George W Bush stayed on his recent APEC visit to Sydney. I recall attending a few conferences at the Intercontinental Hotel in the days when I did that sort of thing as part of my occupation. From memory parts of it used to be used by the government in previous decades/centuries.

I noted the large dining table at Admiralty House which I assume is where the world leaders dined for the recent APEC conference. I noted 13 seats on each side of the table. There's nothing particularly "palatial" about Admiralty House either - although both houses are set in a very scenic part of the Harbour (on a hill facing the Opera House).

I noted that a guest house/hotel nearby had what I regard as cheap accommodation at $65 a night. It's just 100 cm from the Pm's residence and within easy reach of the central CBD where accommodation is expensive.

Here's a link to the Hotel....

GlenFerrie Lodge Sydney (Kirribilli)....



Glenferrie Lodge is a historic Australian National Trust Building built in 1898 and located on Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Kirribilli, which is on the north sydney side of the Harbour. Kirribilli is a very historical area of Sydney, it has beautiful tree lined streets, some old majestic homes and quaint shady public parks that enjoy spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour. Just 30 metres away at the end of our street is the beautiful grounds of Kirribilli House which is the Australian Prime Ministers residence in Sydney and also admiralty house the Governor General's residence.

Sydneys best affordable accommodation close to everything!

Glenferrie Lodge is a historic Australian National Trust Building built in 1898 and located on Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Kirribilli, which is on the north sydney side of the Harbour. Kirribilli is a very historical area of Sydney, it has beautiful tree lined streets, some old majestic homes and quaint shady public parks that enjoy spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour. Just 30 metres away at the end of our street is the beautiful grounds of Kirribilli House which is the Australian Prime Ministers residence in Sydney and also admiralty house the Governor General's residence.




It's not that close to downtown Werrington (sigh).
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