23 Sep 2020

Attraction Opening / booking information, regarding future school visitation.


This information is effective as of the commencement of Term 4, 2020 but it is important to note that all information is subject to change and attractions will continue to adhere to latest Government advice.  Please continue to check this page or each attractions website for additional information.

Australian Institute of Sport

  • Closed Terms 3 and 4 2020.
  • May resume group tours for Term 1 2021.
  • Taking new (tentative) bookings from Term 1.
  • Will consider conditions on numbers and capacity pending a review of Health Directions closer to the time. No limits have been imposed (yet) when taking new bookings on top of the existing bookings.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

  • Accepting bookings and school groups, all visiting groups must be booked.
  • Outdoor programs only - programs with indoor activities will not be available.
  • Limit of 100 students per cohort booking, other program specific limitation may apply, please see our website.

Australian War Memorial

  • Primary School visits only in Term 4 2020
  • Bookings open for Primary and Secondary School visits in Terms 1 and 2 2021, with modified program types
  • Capacity restrictions apply-see website for details

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

  • Closed for Term 4 and advised all remaining school bookings of cancellation due to Coivd19 restrictions.
  • Completely booked out for 2021 already, and taking waitlist requests only.
  • Strong 2022 bookings already coming in. Recommend making booking requests asap.

ACT Historic Places

  • Accepting  bookings Learning Programs at Lanyon Homestead in Term 3.
  • Learning Programs will be restricted to a duration of 2 hours and observe physical distancing rules of 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • Numbers limited to a maximum of  between 50 and 54 with a ratio of 2 adults per 10  students required to assist with physical distancing.

Cockington Green Gardens

  • Yes accepting Groups for term 3, numbers as per ACT GOV group numbers and current restrictions
  • We are taking bookings
  • Group numbers are as per current ACT Gov requirements. Park Capacity is 500+ with patrons at 1.5m spacings

CSIRO Discovery

  • Closed for Term 4.
  • Open term 1 2021 for pre booked programs. Capacity limits may apply and programs may be modified to comply with current government advice. Impacted schools will be notified

Geoscience Australia

  • Term 4 - open for existing ACT bookings only, with reduced group sizes.
  • Taking new bookings from Term 1 2021, noting these are tentative due to COVID restriction uncertainties.
  • Revised visit conditions and capacity in 2021 TBA.

High Court of Australia

  • School booking cancelled for 2020
  • Limit of 20 students per program in 2021

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

  • Accepting bookings.
  • Operating as an outdoor venue within COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by the ACT Government.

Museum of Australian Democracy

  •  Honouring existing bookings.
  • New bookings accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  •  Accepting Term 4 bookings as normal.
  • Changed capacity conditions require rescheduling of some bookings.

National Arboretum Canberra

  • Able to receive schools.
  • There are playground number restrictions – consider facilitated programs/activities or take advantage of walking trails.
  • Check in at the front desk on arrival – Officer on duty will assist coordinating groups with other schools onsite.

National Archives of Australia

  • Accepting new school bookings from 1 September 2020 on a case-by-case basis and honouring all existing school bookings after this date.
  • Honouring all existing school bookings on a case-by-case basis as numbers may need to be capped to ensure distancing between students, other visitors and National Archives staff.

National Capital Authority

Existing bookings assessed and accepted dependent on group size. (From August 1st  3 groups of 15 students per hour at the National Capital Exhibition).

New bookings accepted dependent on group size and availability for term 4.

Changed capacity conditions require rescheduling of some bookings.

National Dinosaur Museum

  • Accepting school groups
  • Honouring current bookings (subject to government border advice e.g. currently not accepting Victoria,, new bookings accepted subject to availability
  • Restrictions on capacity subject to change according to government advice, currently 1 person/4 sq.m.
  • New bookings will be subject to physical restriction capacity with current bookings prioritised

National Electoral Education Centre

  • Accepting school groups.
  • Sessions will only run on the hour during September and October. Current bookings will be modified for new session times.
  • New bookings accepted subject to availability.
  • No decision made for November.

National Film and Sound Archive

  • Accepting school groups from August 1.
  • Taking new bookings and honouring current bookings.
  • If group size exceeds 36 people during social distancing restrictions we will consider moving to a larger space (subject to availability) or splitting group into two sessions.

National Gallery of Australia

  • Existing and new bookings open for ACT region / nearby NSW groups up to 50 students for Term 4.
  • If group size exceeds 50 students we will consider these on a case-by-case basis.
  • 8 Digital Excursions available for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.

National Library of Australia

  • Closed Terms 3 and 4 2020.
  • Impacted schools have been notified
  • Planning to resume onsite school programs for Term 1 2021, accepting bookings now

National Museum of Australia

  • School visits currently open for several education programs. Covid protocols apply. Limit 30 students per group.
  • Digital and School Outreach Programs currently available.
  • New bookings can be made online, or by contacting

National Portrait Gallery

  • Only ACT schools in Term 3
  • Limited capacity, groups up to 30 students.
  • Programs limited to one hour only
  • New bookings accepted dependant on group size and availability for term 4.
  • Changed capacity conditions require rescheduling of some bookings.
  • No self guiding groups

National Zoo and Aquarium

  • Accepting new bookings for visits to the zoo
  • Bookings are being accepted for guided visits with reduced sessions available
  • Please be advised our Aquarium has a maximum occupancy and will not be included in tours. Wait times may apply for unguided access.

Parliament House/PEO

  • Currently open to school groups and is accepting new bookings.
  • PEO program group sizes have reduced from 50 to 25. Schools will need to have sufficient accompanying adults to provide a duty of care ratio of 1 adult to 25 students.


  • Bookings for the remainder of September – until 15 November will be cancelled
  • There is no longer availability for new bookings for 2020.

Royal Australian Mint

  • Accepting all school and group bookings from Term 4
  • Bookings must be for guided visits only
  • Pre-existing groups up to 60 will be honoured, some limitations may apply. New bookings limited to a maximum of 40 students and teachers.

Telstra Tower

  • Accepting local school bookings depending on group size.
  • Not taking on any other bookings until 1st of January 2021