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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.


Indigenous connections and collections

Take our Indigenous Connections and Collections tour to learn more about the connections between Australian Parliament House and the first peoples of Australia. See inspiring works of art by and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and discover their unique stories.

Dates: Sun 27 May – Sun 3 Jun and Sun 8 Jul – Sun 15 Jul
Times: 11.30am, 2.00pm
Duration: one hour
Cost: free

Book now: email or call 02 6277 5513


The Barunga Statement

In 1988, Aboriginal leaders Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and Wenten Rubuntja AM presented the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, with a painted statement, the Barunga Statement. The statement is a historic declaration of self-determination and the celebration of Aboriginal culture, which continues to be of relevance today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this exhibition and film contains images of persons who are deceased.

Dates: Tue 29 May – Sun 29 Jul
Location: Exhibition area, level 1
Cost: free

Because of her, we can

This exhibition highlights some of the stunning works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female artists in the Parliament House Art Collection.

Dates: Tue 29 May – Sun 29 Jul
Location: Exhibition area, level 1
Cost: free

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


The Australian Girls Choir performing on stage

The Australian Girls Choir

Join us for a free lunchtime concert by the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) as part of its 20th National Tour as it performs classic songs and modern favourites in the spectacular Marble Foyer. Founded in 1984 with 150 girls, the AGC has blossomed to over 5,500 girls currently in training across Australia. The girls perform with a vibrancy and energy that has been embraced by millions worldwide.

Date: Wed 27 Jun
Time: 11.30am – 12.00pm
Location: Marble Foyer
Cost: free


The Senate Chamber

Senate Occasional Lecture series

The Hon. Ken Wyatt MP Minister for Aged Care and Indigneous Health, the Hon. Linda Burney MP and Senator Patrick Dodson discuss parliamentary governance in this special Senate Occasional Lecture during NAIDOC Week.

Date: Postponed, new date TBC
Time: 12.15pm – 1.15pm
Location: Main Committee Room, level 1
Cost: free


See two classic Australian films for free this school holidays at Parliament House, courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Location: Theatre, level 1
Cost: free

Still from the film Storm Boy

Storm Boy (PG)

Tue 10 Jul, 10.00am
Tue 17 Jul, 2.00pm

Still from the film Bran Nue Dae

Bran Nue Dae (PG)

Tue 10 Jul, 2.00pm
Tue 17 Jul, 10.00am


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 5329. 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

Wesley Walters, Neville Bonner AO (detail), 1979, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Galarrwuy Yunupingu (Gumatj peoples), Bakulangay Marawili, Djambawa Marawili, Marrirra Marawili (Madarrpa peoples), Djewiny Ngurruwuthun (Munyuku peoples), Wenten Rubuntja (Arrernte/Aranda peoples), Lindsay Jampijinpa, D. Williams Japanangka (Warlpiri peoples), Barunga Statement (detail), 1988, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

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

Image courtesy of The Australian Girls Choir

Image courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation