The heritage-listed gardens and grounds of Fernberg, the official residence of Queensland Governors since 1910, are steeped in historical, cultural and environmental significance. Fernberg is surrounded by a combination of 10 hectares of remnant original bushland and formal gardens and grounds, including a small vegetable patch. The grounds have accommodated the functions of Government House for more than 100 years and feature many trees and plants of historical or botanical significance.
Today the gardens and grounds are maintained by the dedicated horticultural staff of the Office of the Governor as a place for all Queenslanders to enjoy.
The Office uses three key plans to guide this important work:
- Conservation Plan
- Bushland Management Plan
- Irrigation Water Efficiency Management Plan
This careful and considered management ensures the Estate continues to provide a sustainable habitat for native animals and flora, while weeds, pests, erosion and revegetation are closely controlled. The result is a stunning backdrop for the Open Days, investiture and award ceremonies and other events that attract thousands of visitors to Government House each year.
A lasting legacy
The grounds and gardens also reflect the careful custodianship provided by the Office of the Governor. The 16 Governors and their spouses who have resided at Fernberg have also made significant contributions to the historic fabric of the Estate.