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Great public spaces
Public facilities

Public facilities

Free and publicly accessible libraries, galleries,community centres, showgrounds and museums are key to our community’s sustainability and are of increasing importance as our cities grow. Through telling our diverse stories and being places for everyone, they contribute to our identity, and local character.

Within their buildings, grounds and virtual spaces, public facilities provide places for everybody to gather, share ideas, engage in cultural experiences and learn. They are constantly evolving, including through growing online spaces for culture, learning and connection.

While planning your visit, be sure to contact the venue or check their website to confirm if they are open and what (if any) restrictions are in place. Some venues may have sections which remain closed, or capacity limits meaning you might be required to book online before arriving, or wait before being able to enter.

Digital activities

The stronger our online communities grow, the more resilient these important public spaces will be in the future.

In response to COVID-19, many public facilities have created online content, offering exciting and engaging activities for all ages. Find out more at:

World-leading public facilities

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment manages a number of world-leading public facilities for the community to enjoy. These spaces allow us to explore and celebrate our customs, traditions and stories: