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In 1863, the site for Queensland’s first Parliament House was chosen and an architectural competition was held throughout Australia in search of a design. Charles Tiffin, Queensland’s colonial architect won the competition and in July 1865, the foundation stone of Parliament House was laid. Finally on 4 August 1868, Members of the Queensland Parliament met for the official opening of Parliament House. It was regarded by all as the finest building in Queensland. 

Drawing inspiration from the French renaissance revival style, the gracious two story building is characterised by solid sandstone colonnades, a porte-cochère and interior grassed courtyard.

As was typical of the era, most of the ornamental fittings, such as lighting, plasterwork, ornamental glass, tiles, balustrades and marble mantelpieces were imported from England. Much of the furniture, still used today, including the desks for the Speaker and President in the chambers, large tables used in the chambers, chairs, bookcases and shelving in the libraries was provided by local builder John Petrie, made from Queensland yellowwood and cedar.

In the late 1890s, the extension facing Alice Street was added and included offices and Members’ facilities. A high-rise concrete annex was built in 1979, housing ministerial suites, offices, lounges and additional function spaces. Accommodation was also built, making it the only Parliament in Australia to provide on-site accommodation for regional members during sitting weeks. An extensive renovation of the annexe took place in 1981 and in 2022, it is once again being updated.

Plan your Visit

Discover reasons to visit Queensland Parliament, plan your trip and make the most out of your day.

Public Tours

Find out how to visit the public gallery, take a tour and learn about Parliament on one of our general public tours run daily.

Our talented parliamentary staff offer free guided tours of the house on most days. Tours last about 30 minutes and focus on the history of Parliament.

Community groups can request a guided tour, subject to availability.

Sitting Calendar

If you’re interested in seeing how the house functions, to witness democracy, debate and law-making in progress, then the best time to visit is when parliament is sitting. 

During sitting days members of the public can view Parliament at work from the Legislative Assembly Chamber public gallery located beside the O’Donovan Library on the second floor. Entry is subject to current capacity restrictions.

The public are also welcome to attend certain public hearings or briefings presented by parliamentary committees on a variety of issues. Committees investigate specific issues and proposed legislation, and report back to the Parliament. Find information on current and past committees here, including areas of responsibility, how they work, their activities, and how you can get involved in the committee process.

For more information phone +61 7 3553 6000.