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High Court of Australia

High Court of Australia at night from across Lake Burley Griffin
Interior of Courtroom 1 High Court of Australia in session
High Court of Australia interior public areas during the day
High Court of Australia external view
Artwork on the walls of the High Court of Australia interior
High Court of Australia exterior at night
High Court of Australia at night from across Lake Burley Griffin
Interior of Courtroom 1 High Court of Australia in session
High Court of Australia interior public areas during the day
High Court of Australia external view
Artwork on the walls of the High Court of Australia interior

Overview

The High Court of Australia is the highest court in the Australian judicial system.

Visitors to the Court can view the courtrooms where the Court interprets and applies the law of Australia and hears cases of special significance which includes challenges to the constitutional validity of laws.

During sitting weeks, subject to available seating, visitors can observe the oral argument and see barristers present their case before the Justices.

The Court also has the Australian Constitution Centre designed to engage visitors with the history, meaning and relevance of the Australian Constitution.

Court Guides staff the public areas to explain the powerful history and contemporary function of the Court in Australia's democracy.

The stunning building by Lake Burley Griffin in the Parliamentary Zone also has a collection of artwork depicting the role and relevance of the Australian judiciary.

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Parkes Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor ratingBased on 346 reviews

“Enjoyable family visit to the High Court”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 4mos ago by MapsnMemories

We were fascinated during our visit to the High Court - including our teenagers! On arrival, we met a staff member who was available in the foyer to provide information about the Court if we wanted...

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“Impressive court building”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 7mos ago by C8428BFchrisw

An impressive building on the foreshore of the lake. Even though no courts sitting 2 were open to view and hear some interesting facts from court guides. Also a small exhibition on the constitution

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“Law in action”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1yr ago by LF0308

Friends in Canberra told me to go visit. Court was in session with full bench in Court 1 and I was able to go in and watch it in action. Especially interesting that the judges were all over the law...

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  • Coach Parking
  • Non Smoking
  • Parents Room
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet