Learn all about the seat of power in Australia as you tour Parliament House, visiting both chambers of Parliament (on non sitting days), the Marble Foyer, Members Hall, Great Hall, and highlights from one of the country’s most significant art collections. This includes Arthur Boyd’s monumental Great Hall Tapestry, the Apology to Australian’s Indigenous Peoples, portraits of the Prime Ministers and a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta. Free daily tours explain the mechanisms of Parliament and how your vote actually works. It’s also possible to attend the fireworks of Question Time, as seating is available to the public on sitting days.
Length of Trip : The free tour lasts 40 minutes, the paid tours last 55 minutes.
Welcome to Parliament House is a free tour run daily. There's also more in-depth tours. Discover Parliament House (on Sitting days) and Behind the Scenes (on non Sitting days). Click here for the latest tour prices.
Best time to go : The free tour runs at 9.30am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3.30pm daily except Christmas Day
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
The on-site Queen's Terrace Café is a family-friendly option to grab lunch or a snack.
Official Site :
Where to Stay :
We recommend the fantastic East Hotel when staying in Canberra.
Getting There :
By car: from the City Centre, take Commonwealth Avenue to Parliament Drive. If you are travelling from the south, take Adelaide Avenue to State Circle and turn right at Federation Mall. Parking is available most days in the Forecourt Basement car park—parking here is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays. You can catch an ACTION bus to Parliament from Civic Centre and other bus stations around Canberra. The closest bus stops are located on Federation Mall, about 200 metres from the public entrance at the front of Parliament House.
Note from Robin :
You should arrive 20 minutes before the tour is scheduled, as places are limited to 40 participants.