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Visit Australian Parliament House this spring

Welcome to the Australian Parliament House 2018 spring program. Join us for a day of family fun at Open Day, enjoy spring tea in the courtyards, see special 30th birthday exhibitions, or take one of our popular garden tours.

In the gardens

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

Spring tea in the courtyards

Join us for an exclusive spring tea in the blossoming courtyard gardens. Enjoy a glass of bubbly while you experience sweet and savoury delicacies created by our Executive Chef. Pre-booking is essential.

Special dietaries can be catered for upon request submitted with ticket booking.

Dates: Saturday 22 September and Sunday 23 September
Times: 11.30am–1.30pm
Cost: $75 (transaction fees apply)

Book now

Online: Canberra Ticketing
Call: 02 6275 2700

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Menu

Savoury

Salmon avruga nigiri (low gluten)
Olive-cucumber savoury macaron (vegetarian)
Quail egg benedict, black truffle
Asparagus, tahini, seeds, miso (low gluten, vegan)
Rabbit terrine, prune gel (contains nuts, dairy free, low gluten)

Scones

Pecan crumble scones, APH jam, cream (contains nuts)

Sweet

Pistachio matcha choux (contains nuts)
Lemon coconut indulgence (low gluten)
Taste of lamington
Peanut butter Kingston (contains nuts, low gluten)
Berry delicious tart

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

Spring courtyard tours

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. Pre-booking is essential.

Dates: Wednesday–Sunday, 26 September–14 October (excluding 6 October)
Times: 10.00am–11.00am and 2.00pm–3.00pm
Cost: Adult $25, Concession/Child $20 (transaction fees apply)

Book now

Online: Canberra Ticketing
Call: 02 6275 2700
Tickets available in The Parliament Shop on the day only, if not sold out prior.

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

Meet the gardener tour

For two days only, experience the private courtyards and gardens with those who know them best: the Parliament House gardeners! Learn how the landscaping team keep the gardens looking beautiful and get some tips from the professionals. You will finish with morning/afternoon tea at Queen’s Terrace Café. Pre-booking is essential.

Dates: Sunday 23 September and Sunday 14 October
Times: 10.00am–12.30pm and 1.00pm–3.30pm
Cost: Adult $60, Concession/Child $50 (transaction fees apply)

Book now

Online: Canberra Ticketing
Call: 02 6275 2700

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Events

Visitors taking a selfie in the House of Representatives Chamber

Parliament House Open Day

Join us for our 30th birthday Open Day. Tour parts of Parliament House not normally accessible to the public. See the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers from ground level, peek into the Cabinet Room and the Prime Minister’s office. Be among the first to see the brand-new LEGO Parliament House!

Meet parliamentary staff and learn about the activities that keep the house running. Be entertained, enjoy musical performances and attend the Speaker’s Lecture by journalist Paul Kelly. There will be activities for young and old alike during this family fun day out.

Dates: Saturday 6 October
Times: 9.00am–5.00pm
Cost: Free (no booking required)

More information

Senator Patrick Dodson, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and The Hon. Ken Wyatt.

Senate Occasional Lecture series

The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and Senator Patrick Dodson discuss parliamentary process and share their reflections on their work as federal parliamentarians.

Date: Friday 21 September
Time: 12.15pm – 1.15pm
Location: Main Committee Room
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Exhibitions

A detail from the painting Parliament House Canberra 4 by Simon Fieldhouse.

Façade

Few public buildings in Australia are as instantly recognisable as Parliament House. Its distinctive façade, defined by the white marble clad Great Verandah and towering stainless steel flag mast has become synonymous with democracy, government and the city of Canberra. The works in this exhibition celebrate the unique architecture of this iconic institution.

Dates: Friday 17 August–Sunday 21 October
Location: Exhibition area, level 1
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Detail of an artwork from the 30x30 exhibition

30 x 30

See Parliament House in a new light with 30 images from the Parliament House Art Collection by 30 of Australia’s best artists and photographers including David Moore, Max Dupain, Richard Woldendorp, Fiona Hall, John Gollings and Anne Zahalka.

Dates: Friday 14 September–Fri 26 October
Location: Great Hall, outer walls
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Inspecting the seal of the Magna Carta

Celebrating Magna Carta

Magna Carta is a foundational document of modern democracy, and Parliament House holds one of only two copies that exist outside of the UK. Join the Art Director and special guests for this rare and intimate viewing, and hear stories of recent restoration work. Pre-booking is essential.

Date: Wednesday 17 October
Time: 6.00pm–7.00pm
Location: Main Committee Room
Cost: Free

Book now

Email: RSVP@aph.gov.au
Call: 02 6277 5513

Detail from Possum and Wallaby Dreaming by Michael Neslon Jagamara

Crafting the House on the Hill

This collaborative exhibition reveals the stories behind some of the Parliament House’s major art, craft and design commissions and explores the connection with Australia’s first people, landscape, creative spirit, and the principles of democracy.

For more information visit the Canberra Museum and Gallery website.

Dates: Saturday 7 July–Sunday 4 November
Location: Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (CMAG) 176 London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Films

These school holidays celebrate the building of the People’s House with everyone’s favourite building blocks—LEGO! Bring the kids to Parliament House and enjoy LEGO movies free on the big screen!

Location: Theatre, level 1
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Still from the film The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie (PG), run time 1:41

Tue 2 Oct, 10.00am
Tue 9 Oct, 2.00pm

Still from the film The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman Movie (PG), run time 1:29

Tue 2 Oct, 2.00pm
Tue 9 Oct, 10.00am

Shopping

Nanoblocks for sale at The Parliament Shop

The Parliament Shop

At The Parliament Shop you will find the perfect keepsake of your visit. Located on the ground floor, The Parliament Shop features a range of exclusive merchandise. Test your skill with one of our challenging jigsaw puzzles, or take home a fantastic piece of Indigenous art. Build your own Parliament House from Nanoblocks! A great idea for the young and young at heart.

Receive a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop when you attend a paid event or paid tour.

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.

Plan your visit to Parliament House

Image credits 

Simon Fieldhouse (born 1956) Parliament House—Canberra 4 (detail), 2015, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Brent Neylon (1955-2012) Untitled (detail), 1984-1986, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Michael Nelson Jagamara (born 1945) Luritja/Warlpiri peoples, Possum and Wallaby Dreaming, 1985, synthetic polymer paint on canvas,  Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT. © The artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists’ Agency Ltd.  

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