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Old Parliament House Gardens

Home > Canberra > Gardens | Outdoor | Picnic Spots | Tours | Walks
by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published November 9th 2011
The Old Parliament House Gardens are more than just a nice place to picnic. These beautiful spots have a host of facilities that were once only open to members of the house of representatives and senators, but are now there for the public to use. Enjoy a break in the gardens when you're checking out some of Canberra's cultural heritage, or make them your main destination.

The two gardens sit either side of Old Parliament House, and one of the first things you'll notice are the beautiful flowers. Each garden has its own individual rose garden, but there are plenty of other blooms in the flower beds and growing up trellises. It can be a relaxing place to stroll, with the sweet smell of flowers wafting in the air, or a beautiful place to picnic. If you are after a picnic you'll also find some undercover seating areas.

There is plenty more you can do at the gardens. You'll find tennis courts in each garden, which are available to book. In the North West garden there is a good area of grass that could be used for a friendly game of cricket or soccer, and in the South East garden you'll find a bowling green.

If you're more interested in the historical side to the garden, then you can take a tour instead. You can download the PDF for a self-guided walk, and learn more about each part of the gardens, or you can book for a guided walking tour. Try booking online, by calling 02 6272 2902, or by emailing The gardens are free to enter, and are open from 9am-5pm daily.
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Why? The beauty of a historical picnic spot
When: Daily 9am-5pm
Where: King George Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free
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