Getting here


On the south side of Lake Burley Griffin, the Gallery is adjacent to the High Court and The National Portrait Gallery, walking distance from the National Library and Old Parliament House.

See map below

National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place
Canberra ACT 2600

To familiarise yourself with how to find us you can also view some video of the approaches to the National Gallery.


Parking and access during 'Enlighten'

As part of the Enlighten Festival and the Centenary of Canberra Celebrations please note that there will be several road closures. From 6pm – 1am Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March King George Terrace (Between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West) will be closed. On Monday 11 March various roads will be closed for Canberra Day - check here for further details . Please note that the National Gallery Car parks will both be open and will be accessible off Bowen Drive and the Parkes Place East.

General Parking

At peak times please be aware that it may be difficult locating a parking space.

The National Gallery has two car parks.
See map below

  • Underground (off Parkes Place)
    opens at 9:50 am and has a 3-hour limit.
  • Aboveground (off Bowen Drive)
    opens at 9:45 am and has no time limit. Access to the Gallery from this car park is via the Sculpture Garden.
  • Accessible parking for people with limited mobility is available in both NGA car parks. Assisted lift access to the Gallery is available from the underground car park off Parkes Place.

Parking alternatives


The closest bus stop to the gallery is a 5-minute walk. For additional details call the ACT bus line 131710 or visit

  • Weekday routes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 63, 80, 727
  • Saturday and Sunday routes 934, 938

A hop on–hop off tourist minibus services the NGA daily.  For more information and bookings see Explorer Bus


Direct dropoff at the front entrance.

  • Call Cabxpress 6260 6011
  • Canberra Cabs 13 2227
  • For wheelchair access cabs call 612 615 596

Walking / Cycling

Walking from the city to the Gallery will take approx. 30 minutes or 10 minutes cycling. A walk from the Bus Depot Markets car park (available Mon-Sat) will take 20 minutes (see map below).


Image detail: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge [La Goulue entrant au Moulin Rouge] 1892
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy