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Spring at Parliament House

Welcome to the Parliament House 2019 spring program.

Explore the spring gardens and take in an exhibition, tour or screening, or enjoy a spring tea in the courtyards. Come and visit us at the home of Australian democracy, we look forward to seeing you.

ICONS: Australian faces from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia

They are the faces that frame Australia. An exhibition of bold and dynamic portraits of prominent Australians shot by leading contemporary photographers from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.  The faces starring in ICONS may be familiar, but the stories behind them couldn’t be more diverse.

Dates: Friday 23 August to Monday 23 September 2019
Venue: Exhibition area, level 1
Cost: Free




National Portrait Gallery logo

Image credit: Cathy Freeman (detail), 2000, by David Caird, National Portrait Gallery

Visitors participating in People, Power, Politics: Parliament After Dark

People, Power, Politics: Parliament After Dark

How much do you really know about our Parliament? Join us for an evening of myth busting, discovery and fun as we explore the parliamentary process and find out more about where the action happens. Later, relax with a beverage as you work with a team to navigate a bill through Parliament. Will your idea get passed or is it back to the drawing board? 

Dates: Thursday 12 and Thursday 19 September 2019
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Venue: Parliamentary Education Office (meet at information desk)
Cost: General Admission $30, Students $25 (student identification required for validation)

This is an over 18s event only as alcohol will be served. 

Important information

This event has now SOLD OUT

Image credit: Auspic (detail)

School holiday screenings

These school holidays enjoy free screenings of Australia's favourite animated characters, Bluey and Blinky Bill, on the big screen!

Venue: Theatre, level 1
Cost: Free


Bluey (G)

Join Australia’s new favourite dog, Bluey, as she takes her family, friends—and her fans on some extraordinary adventures.

Bluey will be the star of our free school holiday screenings—come and enjoy episodes on the big screen for the first time.

There will be games, stories and a Bluey or Bingo mask for you to take home!

This event is supported by ABC KIDS. You can watch Bluey on ABC KIDS and ABC KIDS iview.

Date: Tuesday 1 October
Time: 10.00am and 11.30am

This event has now SOLD OUT.

BLUEY TM and BLUEY character logos TM & © Ludo Studio Pty Ltd 2018

Blinky Bill

The Adventures of Blinky Bill (G)

Based on the 1930s books by Dorothy Wall, this animated Australian film features the popular and mischievous koala Blinky Bill.

Date: Tuesday 8 October
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm

This event has now SOLD OUT.

Image credit: Yoram Gross Films (detail)

A gardener speaks with visitors in the courtyards of Australian Parliament House.

Meet the gardener tour

See why Parliament House gardeners reckon they have one of the best jobs in the world. Join a member of the landscape services team on a tour of the Parliament House gardens – and even to some of the private courtyards where visitors are not usually allowed.

Finish the tour with morning or afternoon tea at Queen’s Terrace Café.

Dates: Sunday 29 September and Sunday 13 October (during Floriade)
Times: 10.00am–12.30pm and 1.00pm–3.30pm
Venue: Public areas and private courtyards
Cost: Adult $65, Concession/Child $55 (includes morning/afternoon tea)

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Image credit: Auspic (detail)

Detail of an artwork from the 30x30 exhibition

Spring courtyards tour

Take a winding guided tour of the Parliament House private gardens in springtime. Listen to the bubbling water features, see glorious blossoms, and take a break from the hustle and bustle. The tour will showcase the spectacular changing foliage and explain some of the choice of flora made to enhance these spaces. You can also complement your tour with Spring Tea in one of the picturesque courtyards. The Courtyard Tour and Spring Tea package is available on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019.

Dates: Saturday 5, Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm (Tours 50 minutes)
Venue: Public areas and private courtyards 
Cost: General admission $20

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Image credit: Auspic (detail)

A visitor selects a treat from a three teired tray service.

Spring tea in the courtyards

Experience the taste of spring in our blossoming courtyard gardens during Floriade. Enjoy a glass of sparkling while you savour vibrant, flavourful spring sensations crafted by our in-house pastry team using the best regional produce of the season! Treat someone special - and yourself - to spring in the most exclusive gardens in Canberra. In addition to our Spring Tea, we are offering a combined Courtyard Tour and Spring Tea.

Dates: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October
Time: 11.30am–1.30pm (10.00am start for tour and spring tea package)
Venue: Internal courtyard (meet at information desk)
General admission $81, Courtyard tour with Spring Tea $101

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Image by Auspic (detail)

Alfred Deakin: Creating a Nation Exhibition 

This exhibition celebrates the life and achievements of Alfred Deakin, the first Attorney General and the second Prime Minister of Australia, and one of the founding fathers of Australian nationhood. It features significant documents and objects that explore Deakin’s life and his pivotal role in establishing the Commonwealth of Australia and in the drafting of a national constitution.

Monday 7 October 2019 to Sunday 2 February 2020 
Venue: Exhibition Area, level 1
Cost: Free



Image credit: Frederick McCubbin, The Hon Alfred Deakin (detail), 1914, Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection

Snowy Hydro workers in a cylinder

Snowy Hydro: 70 Years On

Seventy years ago this October, workers broke ground on the largest infrastructure project in Australia’s history, the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme–one of the greatest engineering wonders of the modern world. To celebrate the occasion, Parliament House will host a screening of the short film ‘Power From the Snow’ (1955) followed by a panel discussion led by journalist Louise Maher about Snowy Hydro, the people who worked on it, their memories and its impact 70 years later.

Friday 18 October 2019
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
Venue: Theatre
Cost: Free

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Image credit: Sievers, Wolfgang (detail), 1913-2007, National Library of Australia

Australian Federal Police Officers with dogs

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Australian Federal Police

Come and find out things about the Australian Federal Police you never knew. The AFP will be on site with a display which includes current and heritage police vehicles, a heritage display and a few surprises. This will be a child friendly display.

Date: Saturday 19 October 2019
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm
Venue: Forecourt
Cost: Free, no booking required

Image credit: Australian Federal Police (detail)

The House of Representatives chamber made from LEGO

LEGO Parliament House

While you are visiting Parliament House make sure to also visit LEGO Parliament House. Constructed from 152,690 bricks by The Brickman, LEGO Parliament House took 740 hours to build. If you look carefully you can spot all sorts of interesting things – all made from LEGO!

Reopening soon. 




Image credit: Auspic (detail)

Important information

For security purposes, participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation for paid events and paid tours. In the event a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate. Wet weather alternatives are in place for all tours and the spring tea. Please wear comfortable shoes for all tours. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and registration.

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.

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