Parliament Opening Hours
Parliament House is open:
- on sitting days (see below)- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 8.30am till 5.00pm;
- all other days – from 9.00am to 5.00pm every day 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, with a three hour time limit. This is available for the use of visitors.
There is also on street car parking available 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 prior to 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
Operations and Facilities
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone (02) 6277 5399
Facsimile (02) 6277 5068
Recorded Information (02) 6277 2727
Visiting Parliament: http://aph.gov.au/visitors/visiting.htm
Visiting Canberra: http://www.visitcanberra.com.au
Information for school groups: http://aph.gov.au/education/school_bookings.htm