Parliament of NSW

 

The Parliament of New South Wales - being Australia's first and oldest Parliament - is also a site of great heritage significance. Its complex of buildings include the oldest building surviving in the Sydney CBD.

The façade that links the chambers (known as the Rum Hospital) is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the Sydney CBD and an example of early colonial architecture.

A range of programs and events are scheduled throughout the year for the public to engage with the workings of the parliament. These events are designed for families and adults, and can offer the opportunity to view the chambers in session, meet with Members, and on non-sitting days​ to sit in the chambers.

Public Tours

Join us every Monday and Friday at 1:30pm for a free guided tour and step back in time into one of Sydney's oldest buildings. While walk-ins are always welcome, we recommend that you book in advance to obtain your preferred date and time slot.
Visit both chambers where laws are made and some of Sydney's oldest rooms in Australia's first Parliament.

Over one hour, our friendly guides will take you around the parliamentary precinct and through the historic legislative chambers. You will experience first-hand the beautiful colonial architecture while learning more about the role, history and work of the Parliament.

During school holidays, tours take place at 11.30am each weekday (except Friday) and 1.30pm each weekday. On the last Friday of the October school holidays, the Parliament celebrates its annual Family Fun Day by staging fun and educational activities for the public from 10am-3pm.

For any enquiries about the Public Tours or for groups of 10 or more people, please call 9230 3444 to make a separate booking time or email us.

The tour is conducted in English and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Access to historic rooms and the chambers is subject to availability on the day of your tour.

Public Talks

Parliament Unpacked: A series of programs exploring how the Parliament works by providing visitors with an over view of the legislature, an opportunity to view the Chambers in session and then a chance to hear about the work of Members and Parliamentary Officers.

House Talks: A series of theme based talks with a focus on historical events, important anniversaries and engaging topics where we invite expert speakers to inform and entertain us.

Family Fun Day

On a weekday in the October school holidays, the Parliament holds its annual open day, Family Fun Day with children’s craft, mystery object guessing competition, children’s trail, interactive theatrical event, the opportunity to visit the Chambers and more.

Sydney Open

As a significant heritage building, the Parliament joins many other cultural and historic sites in Sydney, in opening its doors to the public on a weekend in early November to participate in Sydney Open.

A variety of other public tours and programs take place during the year to commemorate anniversaries and to participate in well-established events such as History Week and Law Week.

 

Location: 6 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: 02 9230 2111

 

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