Visit Parliament

Parliament House 

Parliament House remains safe and open. All regular services are operating as normal. Feel free to come along and enjoy the below events and activities.

What's on at Parliament House

Spring glory courtyard tour 12 September – 11 October 2014

Take a behind the scenes tour of the private courtyards with one of our friendly guides.

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Meet the gardener tour

Every Sunday from 14 September to 5 October 2014

Pick up tips from one of our experienced gardeners on this tour of the private gardens, and finish with tea in the Queen's Terrace Cafe.

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Spring tea  — Saturday 4 October 2014

Celebrate spring with a special tea in the picturesque garden courtyards.

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Another Bunch of Flowers Exhibition 19 August – 19 October 2014 

You can spend your whole lifetime cleaning the house. I like watching the patina grow. If the house looks dirty, buy another bunch of flowers, is my advice – Margaret Olley

Be charmed by stunning floral-themed artworks from some of Australia's best-loved artists — including pieces rarely on public display.

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National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Showcase — Tuesday 30 September 2014

An exciting interactive display of what some of Australia’s best research infrastructure does to support research in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, microscopy, geology, astronomy and ocean observation.

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Visit Parliament

The home of Australia’s Parliament and the meeting place of a nation, Parliament House is located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The building is open to the public every day of the year except for Christmas day.

A visit to Parliament House offers you the chance to be a part of democracy in action. Parliament House offers a variety of ways to experience the Parliament. These include access to the Chambers, Question Time and the ability to view historic documents like the Magna Carta.

Although it is primarily a working building, the unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one of Australia’s most significant and popular cultural attractions.

Parliament House is open to visitors every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Please contact Visitor Services on 02 6277 5399 for more information.

Get the most out of your visit

    Planning a visit

    Tony Abbott during question time in the House of Representatives Chamber

    Visitors are welcome when Parliament House is open (9.00am – 5.00pm on non-sitting days 9:00am on Monday and Tuesday and from 8:30am on Wednesday and Thursday to House rise on sitting days). There is a free guide service which assists visitors. On sitting days, Question Time in both chambers is held at 2pm. Tickets for the House of Representatives can be booked during office hours by telephoning the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on 6277 4889 up until 12.30 on the day required. Bookings are not required for Question Time in the Senate.

    Exhibitions on display

    Magna Carta

    Visit the Magna Carta and other displays on parliamentary representatives and the work of the Parliament.

    When you get here

    When you get here

    Parliament House offers a variety of ways to experience the Democratic process, including Question Time, Chamber access or a guided tour of the building.

    Chamber Public Galleries

    House of Representatives chamber

    Visitors to Parliament House may view the proceedings of both the House of Representatives and the Senate from the Public Galleries in the Chambers whenever the Houses are in session. At other times when Parliament House is open visitors may visit the Public Galleries

    Visitor Events

    Visit Events

    Each year numerous events are held at Parliament House.

Experience Parliament House online

    History of Parliament House

    Chambers

    The Australian Parliament which met for the first time in May 1901 was the most democratic in the world.

    Online exhibitions

    Making Laws Exhibition Logo

    Visit the current and former exhibitions on the first federal parliament and the law-making functions of the Parliament.

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