Visiting the High Court
The High Court building is a
National Building and one of Canberra's major tourist attractions.
It is situated in the Parliamentary Triangle, on the shores
of Lake Burley Griffin between the National Science and Technology
Centre and the National Gallery of Australia.
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
- the Great Hall, which includes
an educational display and video area, and often features
exhibitions or performances by cultural organisations;
- the three courtrooms, which
are the focus of the building's activities; and
- the licensed cafeteria, where
everything from light snacks to formal meals may be enjoyed.
Court Attendants are on hand
at strategic points in the building to explain the operation
of the Court, its history, and to guide you through this spectacular
The building is surrounded by
parkland which provides an ideal venue for lunch on fine days.
Many school groups bring their lunch and enjoy it on the shores
of the lake. The Court cafeteria would be pleased to provide
groups with a picnic lunch for a reasonable charge, and may
be contacted on (02) 6270 6828.
Court Sittings and
Building Opening Hours
The calendar of Court sittings
is determined by the Court and is usually published in the
September prior to the start of each year. See the Court
Normally, the Court sits in Canberra
for two weeks of every month, except for January and July
when it is in recess. High Court sittings are open to the
public. Normal Court sitting hours are from 10:15am to 12:45pm
and 2:15pm to 4:15pm.
The building is open to the public
from 9:45am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, and on Sundays between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. The building is closed on public
holidays. The cafeteria is open from 9:45am to 4:15pm during
Admission to the High Court building
is free of charge.
Large groups (eg. bus tours, school groups) are asked to book ahead, if possible, by faxing their preferred visiting date to the Court Guide Supervisor on (02) 6270 6346. Individual visitors or small groups need not book.
Public Liability Certificates and Risk Assessment Statements
To assist with planning group visits you may wish to consult the High Court's public liability certificates and risk assessment statements:
|Venue and Safety Information for School Excursions
||Insurance Certificate of Currency