Getting here


    NGA Parking




The NGA is located in the heart of Canberra, near Parliament House, the High Court of Australia and next door to the National Portrait Gallery. You can also get to the NGA from the path around Lake Burley Griffin if you walk through the Sculpture Garden.

Opening hours

Open every day including Easter, 10am – 5pm
(closed Christmas Day only)


Weekend parking is free

NGA paid parking applies on week days until 5pm. The main parking area is underground and accessible via King Edward Terrace off Parkes Place.

Weekend only, free, above ground NGA parking is also available off Bowen Drive. 

Limited mobility parking is available in both. Assisted lift access to the NGA is available only from the underground parking area.

Please see the parking signs and below for rates and conditions.

Car parking rates

0–1 hour $3.00
1–2 hours $6.00
2–3 hours $9.00
3–4 hours $12.00
4–5 hours $15.00
5–6 hours $18.00
6–7 hours $21.00
7 + hours $24.00
(after 5pm)
Saturday + Sunday FREE

Fee does not apply to motorbikes or accessibility parking spaces, when ticket is validated at the cloak room.

Lost tickets incur the maximum daily charge - $24.

Number plate recognition camera in use.


The pay station is located adjacent to the lift in the underground car park.

There are other parking spots within a short walk to the NGA.


There are 15 bikes racks in total at the NGA. Ten are located at the base of the ramp at street level and there are five more closer to Lake Burley Griffin, near the Sculpture Garden.


The closest ACTION bus stop is on King Edward Terrace and Parkes Place East, just a short walk from the NGA. For timetable information visit ACTION buses or call 131 710.


Taxis can drop off at the front entrance of the NGA. Call Cabxpress on 1300 222 977 or Canberra Elite on 132 227.

The Gallery also has an automated self service Taxi Butler with ACT Cabs located at our Information Desk on the Ground Floor. Simply press the button once to book a taxi that will pick you up on Parkes Place East, near our Street Cafe.

Airline Partner

As a proud supporter of the National Gallery of Australia, we encourage you to travel on Australia’s national airline, Qantas for your visit to Canberra.