Australian Parliament House Tours

Cultural and Theme Tours

Australian Parliament House has daily guided tours, offering the chance to explore its unique architecture, art collections and go behind-the-scenes for a once-in-lifetime experience.

Explore the symbolism and craftsmanship of the building architecture, visit the parliamentary chambers, and see the exhibitions and art collection as part of a tour or at your own pace. Foodies can indulge in sweet and savoury creations as part of a high tea or join an exclusive fine dining event. Remember your visit with Australian-designed and made crafts and keepsakes from the Parliament Shop.

Looking for the ultimate experience? Signature tours take you behind the scenes for the opportunity to engage with the building like never before. These limited opportunities shouldn’t be missed, from the towering flag mast to the tranquil pool in the Members’ Hall and the flowering private courtyard.

Your visit to Parliament House offers a rich layering of architecture and design, culture and political history – an experience you’ll remember forever.

Services

Join a free Heart of the House guided tour for a short introduction to the architecture, one of the chambers, and political events highlights at Parliament House.

Bookings are essential.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $330 to $440

Discover exclusive behind-the-scenes access to rarely-seen private, official and ceremonial spaces in Parliament House, along with a traditional high tea with a contemporary twist.

Visit behind-the-scenes functions that support parliament every day, including private courtyards, the corridors of power and the Press Gallery. This exclusive guided tour will unveil the unique vision for the award-winning building by architect Romaldo Giurgola of Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorpe Architects.

The experience includes:
– talks and tours hosted by knowledgeable guides
– exclusive access to the art and furniture collections
– exclusive access to private areas, including the Press Gallery and courtyards
– high tea service with your choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic refreshments.

Bookings are essential.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $21 to $28

Come view the design of Parliament House with an in-depth tour that explores the symbolic aspects and vision of the building’s architect.

As you explore the design of the Marble Foyer, Great Hall, Members Hall and the chambers of Parliament, you will experience how each space resonates with certain aspects that upholds the collective symbolic design of Australian Parliament House.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

Hear the stories of Indigenous parliamentarians, explore the site history of Parliament House, gain insights into how Australia’s First Peoples are participating in the nation’s democratic processes, and enjoy significant artworks from the Parliament House Art Collection by celebrated Indigenous artists.

The tour will look at the Great Hall Tapestry, The Great Hall Embroidery, The Barunga Statement, The Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, The Yirrkala Bark Petitions, recent portraiture commissions, and significant pieces from Indigenous artists from the Parliament House Art Collection.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $21 to $28

Discover the must-see highlights within Parliament House from the towering flagpole to the Great Hall Tapestry, the architecture, the chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives, art and craft, history and events, and some hidden surprises.

These are the highlights and experiences our visitors say should not be missed on a visit to this iconic building.

Bookings are essential.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $21 to $28

Come face to face with the history of Australia’s Prime Ministers on a guided tour of highlights from the Historic Memorials Collection, the nation’s longest running commissioning art program.

Discover insights into Australia’s political leaders and artists, and explore changes in the history of portraiture in Australia. You will see well-known portraits including William Dargie’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, Ivor Hele’s portrait of Robert Menzies and Clifton Pugh’s portrait of Gough Whitlam.

Bookings are essential.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

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