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Experience Enlighten at Australian Parliament House

Experience Enlighten from a unique point of view this year at Parliament House.

See striking new architectural projections on the façade of Parliament House. Fine dine at our exclusive degustation event. Enjoy a spectacular view of Skyfire with family and friends on the lawns of Parliament House and take a behind-the-scenes art tour with our Art Director. With free parking, Parliament House is the best place to start your 2019 Enlighten experience.

Artwork by Michael Nelson Jagamara, Luritja/Warlpiri people & Imants Tillers, The Messenger, 2014, Parliament House Art Collection. Reproduced with permission of the artists through Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.

Diners enjoying a meal in the Members and Guests Dining Room at Australian Parliament House.

Parliament House Chef's Degustation

For one night only, experience fine dining in the most spectacular and exclusive venue in Canberra—the Members and Guests Dining Room at Parliament House. Enjoy a six-course degustation presented by Executive chef David Learmonth, a hatted and Michelin star chef. The menu highlights exceptional Australian produce with optional local, award-winning wine pairing. From the most amazing vantage point in Canberra, this is a once-a-year event. Numbers are strictly limited, so don’t miss out.

Please bring photo identification for entry into the private areas of Parliament House.

Saturday 9 March


Members and Guests Dining Room (indoor event)

Dinner $123.45
Dinner with wine pairings $169.30
Transaction fees apply

Menu (subject to change):

  • Beetroot, radish, rhubarb, macadamia custard (contains nuts, low gluten, vegetarian)
  • Murray cod, finger lime, Parliamentary Librarian's gin, apple (low gluten)
  • Wagyu beef shin lasagne—kutjera curry, wattleseed buttermilk, Gooda Creek mushrooms (low gluten)
  • Prickly pear, kombucha (low gluten, vegan)
  • Lemon verbena parfait, meringue, chocolate, coconut (low gluten)
  • Petit fours—APH honeycomb Baileys truffle (low gluten), Pistachio crumble choux (contains nuts), Milo chocolate crackle

Dietary requirements can be accommodated, please notify your needs via email to

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Fireworks light up the sky over Lake Burley Griffin near Australian Parliament House.

Skyfire @ Parliament House

Bypass the hustle and bustle at the lake and watch the night sky light up for Skyfire 2019 from the lawns of Parliament House. The talented Brass Knuckle Brass Band will entertain visitors in the lead-up to the main event and our fabulous catering team will ensure no-one goes home hungry, with pizza, sweet treats, ice-cream and beverages for purchase. Put in your pre-orders so you can bypass the queue and enjoy express pickup service on the evening.

Saturday 16 March

6.00pm to 9.00pm

Parliament House lawn, Senate side ramp (outdoor event)

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The Art Director on a tour of the art store at Australian Parliament House.

The art of Parliament House tour

How do you build an art collection to reflect the aspirations of a nation? What happens when another country offers you a gift? Who chooses the artists to paint our highest officeholders?

Join Art Collection Director, Justine van Mourik, for a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the hidden gems and highlights of the remarkable Parliament House Art Collection—including the underground art store. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some well-known faces—and discover why everything in the building, from the furniture to the fittings, are also works of art.

Tour participants must bring photo identification and we recommend comfortable walking shoes. This tour is unsuitable for children under five.

Why not pair this exclusive tour with a fabulous High Tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café? The High Tea offers a delicious mix of savoury and sweet delights served with T2 tea or Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee. Highlights include the mountain pepper beef soldiers with kakadu plum and the raspberry and buttercream friand.

Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March

Tour time:
2.00pm to 4.30pm

Tour cost: 
$77.55 tour (including beverage)
Transaction fees apply

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High Tea and tour time:
12.30pm to 4.30pm

$113.25 High Tea and tour (including beverage)
$123.45 High Tea with glass of champagne and tour (including beverage)
Transaction fees apply

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Image courtesy of the ABC

Artwork lights up the front facade of Australian Parliament House.

Architectural projections

See striking new architectural projections on the façade of Parliament House, featuring works from the Parliament House Art Collection.

Friday 1 to Monday 11 March

8.00pm to 10.00pm (to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)

Forecourt, Parliament House (outdoor event)


Artwork by Samson Poantimului, Tiwi people, Tokwampini, 2011, Parliament House Art Collection. Reproduced with permission of Munupi Arts.

Important information

Photo identification required

For security purposes, participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation for all ticketed events and tours. In the event a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your event or tour for screening and check-in.


Parking in the underground car park is free on weekends and for the first two hours on weekdays. Paid parking machines are prominently located at the end of the carpark closest to the main entrance.

Images by Auspic unless otherwise stated