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Planning a visit

Planning a visit

​​​A visit to the Parliament of NSW provides a rare opportunity to explore a significant 19th century historic site while also observing the workings of democracy in a modern parliament. For school visits see school tours & programs.

The Parliament of NSW is housed in one of the buildings formerly known as the Rum Hospital and is also Australia’s first parliament established in 1829.

When the Parliament is sitting, public access to the Chambers is restricted to the Visitors' Galleries. It is advisable to book in advance for Question Time in the Legislative Assembly, held at 2:15 pm daily on sitting days​. On non-sitting days when the Chambers are not in use, you may also visit inside both historic chambers. For public visits see public tours & programs.

The Fountain Court provides the central lobby for the Parliament by connecting the old Rum Hospital rooms and historic chambers with the 20th century building containing offices, parliamentary library and a public café. The celebratory fountain designed by Robert Woodward stands in the centre with changing exhibitions displayed around the walls. 

The Parliament is open to the public weekdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm throughout the year, with the exception of most public holidays and over the two week closure for the Christmas and New Year break. The Parliament is open on Australia Day.

The Parliament of NSW building is located in Macquarie Street, closer to Hyde Park than Circular Quay, close to Martin Place Railway station and Elizabeth Street buses.  

Street address:
Parliament of New South Wales
6 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

  • Enquiries: (02) 9230 2111 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday except public holidays)
  • ​Tour and Group Bookings: (02) 9230 3444