Public tour of Parliament House

The Parliament of Victoria provides free public tours, run by experienced tour guides.
The Parliament of Victoria provides free public tours, run by experienced tour guides.

Explore this historically significant building, while learning more about the role, history and work of the Parliament.

  • Enter the Legislative Chambers where laws are made, and hear about the mystery of the stolen mace.

  • Learn about the Westminster style of Parliament while sitting in a Member of Parliament’s chair.

  • Have your photo taken with Queen Victoria in the grand hall named after her and admire the portraits of past Premiers that adorn the walls.

  • Discover the Library that played a role in convincing the Federal Parliament to occupy the building from 1901 to 1927.

Our guides are happy to answer any questions you may have about the building, or the work that Parliament does and how you can get involved.

Please note that access to the Legislative Chambers and Parliamentary Library is subject to the availability of those spaces.

The tour is suitable for all ages. Photography is permitted at the discretion of the tour guide.


Tours run for approximately 50 minutes at the following times today: 9.30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the tour starts to secure your spot, for security screening, and for check-in.

Photo Identification is required for public tours at Parliament House.

Tours may be altered or cancelled at short notice.

Group size and bookings

Numbers are limited to 25 people per tour. 

Bookings are not required for individuals or groups of five and under. For groups of six or more, please visit our group tour page.

Audio guides in your language

Free audio guides are available for use on our public tours. Click on the link below to access the guide in your preferred language:


You can listen via the website or download the app to your Android or Apple device for free.



These guides are hosted on an external website and may include advertising or sponsors not associated with or endorsed by the Parliament of Victoria.



8:30 am – 5.30 pm
Monday – Friday
Closed on weekends and public holidays


Parliament House
Spring StreetEast MelbourneVictoria3002


Getting here

Public transport

By train: exit Parliament station at Bourke street.

By tram:

  • route 35 – stop 0 (Spring St/ Bourke St)
  • routes 86, 96 – stop 9 (Bourke St/Spring St).


There is no public parking at Parliament House.

Street parking and private parking is available in surrounding streets, but please note there is limited parking on Spring Street. 

Identification requirement

Anyone wishing to visit the Parliament of Victoria to attend a tour, use our catering facilities, attend an event or watch the proceedings of the two Houses in the public galleries, must provide their name and address, and present one of the following forms of identification:

  • driver's license
  • learner's permit
  • proof of age card
  • passport
  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian citizenship certificate.

Information about the information we collect from our visitors is available fom our Privacy collection notice - visitors to parlaiment house.


Visitors to Parliament House are required to pass through a security checkpoint before entering the building. This involves a walk-through scanner and baggage scanning. Visitors with pacemakers should ask to be scanned using handheld scanners.

Bags must be left at reception when taking part in a tour or sitting in the public galleries.


Items you cannot bring to Parliament

The following items are not permitted at Parliament:

  • weapons
  • any types of blades (e.g. Swiss army knives, lock knives, eating utensils), hooks, scissors and other sharps
  • liquids over 100ml and glass bottles (except water)
  • any alcohol
  • 'selfie' camera sticks and camera tripods
  • chains and padlocks
  • voice recorders, two-way radios and speakers
  • handcuffs
  • any tools (e.g. screwdrivers, multi-tools, bike tools, measuring tapes, metal rulers)
  • helmets (e.g. bicycle and motorcycle)
  • whistles
  • permanent markers
  • aerosols
  • jet lighters
  • long umbrellas
  • balls and balloons
  • signs or placards
  • studded belts.

Any of the above items will be held by security for the duration of your visit. They will be returned when you leave or may be confiscated permanently in some cases.


More information

If you have any accessibility needs or concerns with security screening, please email or call us on 03 8682 2980 ahead of time so we can accommodate your visit.


Accessible entrance

People with a mobility or physical disability can access Parliament House through the rear entrance on MacArthur Street.



Accessible toilet

Accessible toilets are located on the ground and first floors.

Audio loop

Audio loops are available in the chambers. These can be used in conjunction with hearing aids.


A courtesy wheelchair is available for visitors attending tours. Please note that we are unable to provide staff to push wheelchairs.


For any enquiries regarding disability access and inclusion please email


A baby change and feeding room is located on the second floor on the Legislative Assembly side. Facilities include comfortable chairs, change table, basin hot and cold water, a fridge and a microwave.


Privacy Collection Notice

Our Privacy collection notice - visitors to Parliament House applies to your visit to Parliament House and the parliamentary precinct.

It explains what personal information is collected when you visit Parliament House and the parliamentary precinct.

For information about our broader privacy practices and how we handle personal information generally, please refer to our Privacy Policy.