High Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

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.

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



NOTE: The High Court will not be sitting in Canberra in August and September 2017 due to maintenance. The High Court building will remain open to the public for registry purposes, visits and school tours and concerts. Weekdays: 9.45 am - 4.30 pm; Sundays: noon - 4 pm; Closed Saturdays and all public holidays




Disabled access available, contact operator for details


High Court of Australia

Parkes Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Non Smoking Establishment

Parents Room


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Ranked #14 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor


  • Travelers Choice 2020

“Very interesting”

Reviewed on 15/03/2020

It is certainly a very interesting building. The staff in the Court are incredibly helpful in explaining the building and what happens there.

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Jeff M


Reviewed on 27/02/2020

What an impressive building & the guides inside were very friendly, keen to tell you all about the courts & upcoming cases to be heard. I loved the visit & will defiantly be back to see a case in...

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Reviewed on 16/02/2020

This building is so beautifully designed!! The inside is impressive just by the acoustics alone!! It is super easy to get in, no tickets required, you just have to go through a metal detector. If...

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