NSW Parliament House is currently closed.
In anticipation of reopening, Strangers’ Restaurant is now accepting pre-booking from Monday 2 November 2020 on-wards.
Please note pre-bookings are accepted under the proviso that the current situation surrounding Covid 19 may impact the reservation, including social distancing rules or closure with short notice.
During this challenging time, please support us in remaining vigilant to ensure the health and safety for everyone.
The Parliament of New South Wales is committed to monitoring the current situation relating to COVID-19, and taking real-time actions to ensure the health and safety of all Members, staff and guests. Read more
Discover the flavours of New South Wales
Immerse yourself in a creative journey to discover the wonderful flavours and unique regions of New South Wales. The very talented and passionate culinary team at Parliament House relishes the opportunity to present exceptional dishes that showcase a wide variety of local delicacies. NSW Parliament House proudly supports local farmers who practice ethical and sustainable farming methods.
Strangers’ Restaurant provides a rare opportunity for the public to experience fine dining at Parliament House. Open Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 3 pm on days when the Parliament is not sitting. To view the Parliament sitting days, please visit the NSW Parliament Sitting Day Calendar.
Traditional High Tea is served every Friday in the Strangers’ Restaurant from 12 pm to 2 pm. To make a reservation in the Restaurant, please click here.
The Public Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm including sitting days of Parliament.
Functions & Events
There are seven unique event spaces within Parliament House that are available to hire, including a stunning auditorium, a large dining room with garden views and a majestic library which dates back to 1905. To learn more about holding functions and events at Parliament House, please click here.
Explore Australia’s oldest Parliament
Located within the historic precinct of Sydney, this heritage listed building is rich in history and full of hidden surprises.
The colonnaded façade facing Macquarie Street is the last remaining feature of the original Rum Hospital, built 1816. Through careful modifications and restorative work over the years, this remarkable building has evolved to accommodate the two democratically elected Houses of NSW Parliament, the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.
The Gift Shop is located within the Public Cafe and is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm including sitting days of Parliament. The Gift Shop stocks a range of items sourced from local NSW farmers, designers and artist. Items include a selection of handcrafted organic soy candles, 100% raw honey, organic skincare products, Parliamentary history books, stationery items, rural printed greeting cards and books, indigenous designed scarves, coffee mugs and pillows and a selection of NSW made and owned wine, gin, whisky, beer and rum.
To visit the Online Gift Shop, please click here.
Free tours depart every Monday and Friday at 1:30 pm. The tours are subject to availability and size limitations. For more information, please contact 02 9230 3444 or click here.
Visitors have the rare opportunity to experience key moments in the history of Australian politics whilst exploring the magnificent collection of historic artefacts, priceless art and precious antiques. Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. For more information on exhibitions, please click here.
The Parliament House Post Office is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
For information on accessibility access at Parliament House, please click here.
Visiting Parliament House
The entrance to Parliament House is via the security gates at 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney CBD.
The nearest train stations are Martin Place and St James.
The closest car parking stations are:
The People’s House
Behind the scenes
This short video takes a look behind the scenes at the inner workings of today’s modern Parliament. Meet the people who ensure that Parliament House is able to function and serve the people of New South Wales.
History of Parliament House
The story of representation, renovation and rum
Learn about the history of this iconic heritage building from its early beginnings as Australians’ first Hospital to the modern work place of today. This short video looks at the challenges that were faced to redevelop Parliament House over the years to accommodate the demands for today’s working Parliament.
The Legislative Assembly
Explore the history and operations of the The Legislative Assembly, also known as the lower house through a series of short videos.
The Legislative Council
Explore the history and operations of the The Legislative Council, the oldest legislative body in Australia through a series of short videos.