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Behind the Scenes — Living Heritage Tours

Go behind the scenes at Parliament House

Discover the stories behind Parliament House on a special tour during this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

6-21 April 2014
Bookings essential, call 02 6277 5043 or email
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Visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 24 April 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George. Photograph by Jason Bell/Camera Press

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Parliament House for a Parliamentary Reception on 24 April 2014.

Visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of Their Royal Highnesses during their arrival at Parliament House at 1:00pm and departure at 2:15pm.

Viewing areas will be set up in the Marble Foyer and on the Forecourt.

Parliament House will be open to the public at 9:00am. Public entry to the building will not be possible between 12.30 and 2.30pm. However visitors wishing to leave the building during that time will be able to do so.

Parking at Parliament House will be limited. Visitors are encouraged to use public transport or park nearby within the Parliamentary Triangle.

Photograph by Jason Bell/Camera Press

Former Governor-General honoured in portrait

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO (2014) Ralph HEIMANS (1970−)

The new portrait of Australia’s first female Governor-General, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, is now on public display in Members’ Hall.

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO (2014) Ralph HEIMANS (1970−). Historic Memorials Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra ACT. Photo credit: Brenton McGeachie.

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


    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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