Visit Parliament

Visit Parliament House, Canberra, and experience Australia’s robust democracy in action.

Opening Hours
Parliament House is open:

  • on sitting days (see below) – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm;
  • all other days from 9.00am to 5.00pm except Christmas Day when Parliament House is closed.

Click here for the Sitting Calendar

Opening times are extended for evening sessions of Parliament.

There is a large underground car park beneath the forecourt of the building— three-hour time limit —is available for the use of visitors.

There is also a surface car park areas for visitors located between Parliament House and the rear of Old Parliament House. Parking spaces for bicycles are also available in these areas.

Parking is free of charge.

Public gallery Bookings
Visitors to Parliament House may view the proceedings of both the House of Representatives and the Senate from the Public Galleries in the Chambers whenever the Houses are in session. At other times when Parliament House is open visitors may visit the Public Galleries.

It is possible to book tickets for Question Time in the House of Representatives which is generally held at 2.00pm each sitting day. Tickets can be obtained for individuals and groups. There is no charge for this service and tickets can be booked by telephoning 6277 4889 before 12.45pm on the day required. Tickets can then be collected between 1.15pm and 1.45pm from the Cloak Room on the first floor near the House of Representatives Chamber. Visitors who do not book tickets are generally able to view Question Time by arriving before 2.00pm. There may be a delay because of security screening before entering the galleries.

It is not necessary to book to view Question Time in the Senate

Further Information
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