Canberra national office

National Archives' Canberra head office, south-eastern entrance

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace 
PARKES ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6212 3600, Fax: (02) 6212 3699
PO Box 7425, CANBERRA BUSINESS CENTRE ACT 2610

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Opening hours

Reading room

9am to 5pm weekdays, closed public holidays.

Open until 7pm each Tuesday.

The Canberra reading room and Orientation Centre will be closed from midday (12pm) on Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January 2015 (inclusive). Normal opening hours will resume Friday 2 January 2015.

Reduced delivery of records to the Canberra reading room on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and Friday 2 January 2015

The Canberra reading room will be open from 9am to 12pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014. On this day, there will be only one delivery of records to the reading room at 9.30am.

Normal opening hours will resume on Friday 2 January 2015 at 9am. On 2 January, there will be only one delivery of records to the reading room at 1pm.

Records requested before 11am should be delivered the same day. Records requested after 11am will be available for viewing the next business day.

Normal record delivery services will resume on Monday 5 January 2015.

Records are delivered each weekday at 9.45am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm. Most records ordered prior to 2pm will be delivered the same day. Records ordered after 2pm will not be available until the following day.

Exhibition galleries

9am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)

Coffee cart

Coffee, sandwiches, drinks and snacks are available from the coffee cart in the Visitors Lounge, open weekdays from 8.15am to 3.45pm (closed 1.30 - 2pm).

Wi-Fi access

Free Wi-Fi access is available to all visitors who bring a device capable of connecting to a wireless network (eg laptop computer, mobile telephone or personal digital assistant).

Getting there

Car parking

Visitors may use the short term parking (maximum 4 hours) at the front of the building between Queen Victoria Terrace and Kings Avenue which includes motorcycle spaces. Short stay parking is charged at $2.50 per hour and ticket machines accept Mastercard and Visa payments or coins.

Long stay parking is at the rear of the building and costs $12.00 per day. All ticket machines will accept Mastercard and Visa payments. One machine in the each all day car park will accept coins.

Tickets purchased from parking machines are transferable across car parks in Parkes, Barton, Acton and the Russell precinct. Please see map for details.

Buses

We are 300 metres from bus stops on Kings Avenue, near the corner of National Circuit. Weekday bus routes: Red Rapid 200 (wheelchair accessible), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (limited wheelchair access). Weekends routes: 934, 935 and 938 – check the timetables for wheelchair access. Maps and timetables are vailable from ACTION bus service or telephone: 13 17 10.

Taxis

Taxi pick up and drop off is at our business entrance, at the front of the building.
Canberra Cabs online bookings, telephone bookings: 13 2227 / wheelchair access 6126 1596. Or sms: 0417 672 773 with your name, pickup place and time
Cabxpress online bookings, telephone bookings: 6260 6011 / wheelchair access 6260 6077

School buses and coaches

Bus parking is near the business entrance, at the corner of Queen Victoria Terrace and Kings Avenue.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible. Ramps give access to both the business and visitor entrances. A wheelchair can be requested from reception on arrival.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor, near the reading room.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

The collection in Canberra

Because most Australian Government agencies have their central offices in Canberra, the collection is large, rich and diverse and includes many thousands of photographs.

It covers Cabinet, Federation, Prime Ministers and other leaders of the nation, and most of the activities with which the government has been involved. Several collections are particularly popular with researchers, such as ASIO and Royal Commission records.

The service records of Australians who have served in wars, notably World Wars I and II, are invaluable for family historians.

The migrant selection documents and naturalisation papers of millions of people who have come to live in this country are also of major interest for historians and genealogists. Recent work has made the records of displaced people – refugees displaced by World War II – more accessible as they can now be searched by name.

The copyright collection dates back to colonial times, a rich source of Australian creative endeavour and social history. Records on patents and trademarks also show an interesting aspect of Australian history.

Copyright National Archives of Australia 2014