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.
Explore the Parliament with a free guided tour, kicking off at 1:30pm every Monday and Friday. Over one hour, our friendly guides will take you through the Legislative Chambers and the historic Parkes, Wentworth and Jubilee rooms. You will experience first-hand the beautiful colonial architecture while learning more about the role, history and work of the Parliament.
The tour is conducted in English and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Tours take place every day during the school holidays.
Every year the Parliament opens on Australia Day, 26 January from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Visitors have the unique opportunity to enter the legislative chambers and view other heritage rooms of Australia’s oldest Parliament.
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.
This program explores 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 meet a panel of Members.
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 like History Week, NAIDOC Week and Law Week.