Photograph by Auspic, Department of Parliamentary Services
What's on at Parliament House
Flag raising ceremony for Australian National Flag Day — 9.30am, Wednesday 3 September
A flag raising ceremony will take place on the Forecourt of Parliament House to mark the occasion of Australian National Flag Day.
Visitors are welcome to view the flag raising ceremony from designated areas on the Forecourt.
The Melbourne Cup comes to Parliament House — Wednesday 3 September 2014
The 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will be visiting Parliament House. A first in the 12 year history of the Cup Tour, visitors can avail themselves of the opportunity to get up close with the most famous sporting trophy in Australia.
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.
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.
Spring tea — Saturday 13 September & 4 October 2014
Celebrate spring with a special tea in the picturesque garden courtyards.
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.
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
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
Visit the Magna Carta and other displays on parliamentary representatives and the work of the Parliament.
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.
Experience Parliament House online