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Visit Australian Parliament House this spring

Australian Parliament House 2017 Spring Program during September to November

Australian Parliament House welcomes you to our spring program. In celebration of this stunning season, we’re offering special events to align with two of Canberra’s most anticipated festivals.

Introducing our Democracy in flower program, coinciding with Floriade and our new Democracy in design program, complementing the DESIGN Canberra Festival. We look forward to seeing you at Parliament House.

Democracy in flower: 15 September to 15 October

Visitors walking through the gardens at Parliament House on a guided tour

Spring glory courtyard tour

Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to see these glorious gardens in spring time, lovingly tended to by the Parliament House landscape team and led by one of our friendly guides. Beautifully calm and simple, these private gardens and courtyards will delight and amaze visitors.

Dates: Friday 15 September–Sunday 15 October (daily)
Times: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 3.00pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Adults $25, Concession $20, Family $60

Book now

Online: Canberra Ticketing
Call: 02 6275 2700

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A gardener at Parliament House leading visitors through a courtyard

Meet the gardener tour

One of our gardeners will lead this exclusive in-depth tour through the gardens and courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how the team manages the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Take the opportunity to ask gardening questions and gain a few tips from the best. You will finish with morning/afternoon tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café.

Dates: Sunday 17 September and Sunday 8 October
Times: 10.30am, 1.30pm
Duration: two hours
Cost: Adults $60, Concession $50

Book now

Online: Canberra Ticketing
Call: 02 6275 2700

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Visitors seated in the Parliament House gardens enjoying spring tea

Spring tea in the garden

This exclusive outdoor dining event allows visitors to celebrate the season with a spring tea in one of the charming private gardens of Parliament House.

Dates: Saturday 7 October and Saturday 14 October
Times: 11.30am
Duration: two hours
Cost: $65

Book now

Online: Canberra Ticketing
Call: 02 6275 2700

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Artwork from the Meeting Place exhibition

Exhibition: Meeting Place - Michael Nelson Jagamara & Imants Tillers

Major artists in their own right, Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers have worked together since 2001, sending canvas boards between their studios in Papunya NT and Cooma NSW to create large scale collaborative works that reference Indigenous and European art traditions. This exhibition features the Parliament’s recent major acquisition of their collaborative work The Messenger, alongside significant works by both artists.

Dates: Thursday 17 August–Sunday 12 November
Location: Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area (level 1)
Cost: free

Democracy in design: 7 to 26 November

The Members Hall at Parliament House

Design for democracy tour

Architecture, landscape design, art collections and more, explore a behind the scenes design tour led by one of our friendly guides. Find out why Parliament House has won so many architectural awards.

Dates: Friday 10 November–Sunday 12 November,
Friday 17 November–Sunday 19 November,
Friday 24 November–Sunday 26 November
Times: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 3.00pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Adults $25, Concession $20, Family $60

Book now

Online: Canberra Ticketing
Call: 02 6275 2700

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A gardener at Parliament House leading visitors through a courtyard

Exhibition: Speaking volumes

Parliament House, in association with DESIGN Canberra, presents Speaking Volumes, featuring works by Chelsea Lemon, Estelle Briedis and Elizabeth Paterson.

Excess leather bound volumes of parliamentary proceedings have provided an opportunity for the Parliament House Art Collection to engage with local designers in order to create new works that reinterpret, reuse and recycle these incredibly evocative objects that span almost 120 years of parliamentary reporting.

Dates: Friday 3 November–Sunday 4 February 2018
Location: Marble Foyer, ground floor
Cost: free

Shop and eat this spring

Coffee from the Queen's Terrace Cafe

Queen’s Terrace Café

This family-friendly café offers exceptional coffee, scrumptious meals and delicate sweets, and is a greatplace to unwind during your visit to Parliament House.

Visit the Queen’s Terrace Café during the spring program for a trio of treats and hot beverage for just $7.50.

Chocolate for sale at The Parliament Shop

The Parliament Shop

At The Parliament Shop you will find the perfect keepsake of your visit to Parliament House. Located on the ground floor, you can snap up a memento of your tour. You can also marvel at the beautiful, bespoke glassworks and ceramics we have for sale or purchase one of our delicious chocolate treats to share with your family and friends.

Book into one of our paid spring program tours or the spring tea and receive a 10% discount on any purchase from the shop on the day.

Important information

For security purposes, participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation for the tours and the spring tea. Please note that where a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in. Wet weather alternatives are in place for all tours and the spring tea. Garden tours are approximately 3km long, so please wear comfortable shoes.

As Parliament House is a working building, filming and photography in the private areas of Parliament House is subject to approval and may not be permitted. Your guide will inform you of any restrictions at the beginning of each tour.

Public parking is available in the underground carpark at the front of Parliament House. Parking is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays.

Bookings

Pre-booking is essential: canberraticketing.com.au or 02 6275 2700

A transaction fee of $4.95 applies (per booking).

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