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The National Gallery of Australia is located in the Parliamentary Triangle on the south side of Lake Burley Griffin. It is adjacent to the High Court of Australia and The National Portrait Gallery and within walking distance of the National Library and Old Parliament House.


The Gallery has two car parks:
  • the underground car park, (entry from Parkes Place) opens at 9.50 am and has a 3-hour limit
  • the eastern car park, above ground (entry from Bowen Drive), opens at 9.45 am and has no time limit. Please note that access to the Gallery entrance from this car park is past the Turrell, through the Australian Garden.

  • Recommend
    weekend only

    Weekday +

Accessible Parking

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 with second lift closer to King Edward Terrace.



Use of public transport is recommended due to limited parking near the Gallery. The closest bus stop to the National Gallery, on the ACTION bus routes listed below, is Kings Avenue/National Circuit, only a short 5-minute walk from the Gallery. For additional timetable information call Acton’s Customer Service Centre on 131710 or visit


From the city, across Commonwealth Avenue, to the Gallery will take approx 30 minutes.

From the Bus Depot Markets car park (available Mon-Sat) will take 20 minutes.


Taxi’s can drop off at the front entrance of the Gallery. Call Cabxpress 6260 6011 or Canberra Cabs 13 2227


Ferries are available for leisurely trips across the lake, taking 20 minutes. Ferries operate from Commonwealth Park, near Civic, to the pier in front of Commonwealth Place, a 5 minute walk from Gallery.

Lake Burley Griffin Cruises operate every day, departing from Acton ferry wharf (near Commonwealth Park) daily 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm plus 11.30 am and 3.30 pm on weekends.

Call Canberra Lake Cruises 0407 074 771, Lake Burley Griffin Cruises 0419 418 846 or Lakeside Ferry Cruises 0418 828 357.