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High Court of Australia

The High Court building is one of Canberra's major tourist attractions and is situated in the Parliamentary Zone in Parkes Place Parkes, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin between Questacon and the National Gallery of Australia. The High Court-National Gallery precinct was added to the National Heritage List in November 2007. 

The building is a unique structure. Forty metres tall and constructed mainly of concrete and glass, it has four main elements: a large public hall, three courtrooms, an administrative wing, and Justices' chambers. Public visitors may view:

  • the Great Hall, which includes an educational display and video area, and often features exhibitions or performances by cultural organisations; and
  • the three courtrooms, which are the focus of the building's activities.

Court Guides are on hand to introduce you to history, role and operation of the High Court and its building.

Please check the Court calendar before planning your visit. If the Court is sitting, you are welcome to watch proceedings. We request your cooperation in respecting Court etiquette when watching proceedings.

Admission & Opening Hours

Mon to Fri - 9.45am - 4.30pm, Sat - Closed, Sun - 12pm - 4pm (Closed Public Holidays)

Free for Everyone

Parkes Pl, Parkes, Canberra