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Visit Australian Parliament House this Winter

Welcome to our 2018 winter program. Join us for a rich program of special events, exhibitions, films and tours that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as we celebrate National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.


Crafting the house on the hill

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Australian Parliament House, this exhibition reveals the stories behind some of the building’s major art, craft and design commissions. It explores how these works connect one of Australia’s most intriguing public buildings with its first people, landscape, creative spirit and the principles of democracy.

In their winning design for Australian Parliament House, Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp Architects envisaged a structure of national significance that was sensitively located within a regional landscape. The guiding themes of land, place and identity are carefully mapped into the building’s architecture, surrounding landscaping and works of art commissioned from some of Australia’s finest practitioners in ceramics, glass, painting, sculpture, textiles and wood.

Canberra Museum and Gallery is excited to partner with Parliament House and the National Archives of Australia to present this very special exhibition in association with the 30th anniversary of Australian Parliament House.

For more information visit:

Dates: Sat 7 Jul – Sun 4 Nov
Location: Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (CMAG) 176 London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: free


Artist painting on a canvas

The Parliament Shop

The Parliament Shop offers a selection of authentic Indigenous artworks as well as a wide range of products featuring Indigenous designs including scarves, ties, tea towels, bags, t-shirts, greeting cards, notebooks and ceramics. When you buy an Indigenous artwork or product from The Parliament Shop you can be sure that you are purchasing an authentic product and the artist will receive a direct benefit from the sale.

The Parliament Shop stocks artwork and licensed products from a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres including Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Girringun Art Centre, Badu Art Centre and Munupi Arts.

Indigenous Art Code logoThe Parliament Shop is a dealer member of the Indigenous Art Code, which promotes the fair and ethical trade of artwork and licensed products by Indigenous artists.


A trio of treats from the Queen's Terrace Cafe

Winter High Tea

Queen’s Terrace Café is a family friendly café that offers exceptional coffee, scrumptious meals and delectable sweets, with striking views to the War Memorial. It is a great place to unwind during your visit to Parliament House. A visitor favourite is our specially crafted winter high tea available Friday to Sunday.  Enjoy both savoury and sweet, along with scones, jam and cream!

Dates: Fri – Sun, during winter months
Times: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: Queen’s Terrace Café

Bookings essential: email or call 02 6277 5239. We require 48 hours notice for special dietary requirements. Bookings via email are not locked in until you receive a confirmation email.



Oxtail, pea mousse, pea crisp (lg)
Truss tomato, labneh (lg, v)
Fish and chips, tartare (df)
Quail egg benedict, pickled mushroom (v)


Peanut butter opera (cn, lg)
Mini apple strudel
Macarons (cn, lg)
Raspberry eton mess (lg)

Scones, mixed berry jam, cream

cn – contains nut, df – dairy free, lg – low gluten, v – vegetarian


$35.00 per person, includes tea (t2) or coffee (lonsdale)

$45.00 per person, includes a glass of Gallagher Sparkling Duet

$25.00 refill plate (8 pieces), sweet/savoury/chef’s selection

Image credits 

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani (Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara peoples), Antara (detail), 2016, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Basil Hall, Target 88 (I) (detail), 1986, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT

Image courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation