Visit Parliament House
Free guided tours of Parliament House are offered to visiting members of the public each week day (except on public holidays). Read more
Enjoy a high tea in the historic Strangers’ Dining Room at Parliament House.
Embark on a virtual tour of the Queensland Parliament, where you can journey through the historic building and rooms used by Members of Parliament since 1868. Read more
The Parliament House gift shop is located on the ground floor of the Parliamentary Annexe building. Read more
Parliament House is located at the corner of George and Alice Streets and is within easy walking distance of the Brisbane CBD. Entry is via the Parliament House Annexe in Alice Street.
You can catch a bus to Parliament House.
Information about Brisbane public transport is available by calling Translink on 13 12 30 or visiting their website at www.translink.com.au/.
You can also catch a ferry to Parliament House. A CityCat ferry terminal, QUT Gardens Point, is located at the rear of the precinct.
Free City Loop Bus
The Loop is a free council bus service which circles the CBD. The Loop stops at several destinations near the parliamentary precinct.
There are also numerous public car parking stations within the CBD and metered street parking is available in surrounding streets.
Strangers’ Dining Room
Located at the river end of the corridor on the first floor of the Alice Street wing is the Strangers’ Dining Room, formerly called the Members’ Dining Room.
This room is furnished with early Australian cedar yoke back chairs which were probably used in the early refreshment room. It is possible that some of these chairs were used in the original legislative building in the old convict barracks in Queen Street.
This dining room is still used today. Formerly it was restricted to Members’ use only, but after the construction of an additional dining room in the Annexe in 1979, this dining room was opened to Members’ guests.
The term “stranger” refers to any person in the parliamentary precinct who is not a Member of the Legislative Assembly. This area is popular with Members and their guests, particularly during busy parliamentary sittings. The room is also used for functions.
During sitting days members of the public can view their parliament at work from the Legislative Assembly Chamber public gallery. For more information contact the Parliamentary attendants on (07) 3406 7562.
Located either side of the O’Donovan Library, on the second floor are the public galleries for both chambers.
The public gallery of each House is where members of the public may sit to watch the activities of the Parliament. Although the galleries were originally identical, changes over the years to accommodate technology and changed work practices have resulted in some minor differences.
The Legislative Assembly gallery also accommodates Hansard, media, and official guests with areas reserved for each of these purposes.
Hansard reporters, who transcribe the reports of debate in the House, are located directly above the Speaker’s Chair. Also above the Speaker and to the right, is the Media Gallery where journalists report on the daily business of the House. To the left is where special guests of the Speaker, such as dignitaries and visiting parliamentarians, may sit to view parliamentary proceedings.
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