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Canberra Carousel Organ


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  • The Canberra Carousel Organ is an iconic piece of Canberra’s history and is available for hire.

Canberra Carousel Organ
Hire a piece of Canberra's history
How can I get involved?

Canberra Carousel Organ

The Canberra Carousel Organ is an iconic piece of Canberra's history. The 69 keyless fairground organ was built in 1911 and originally operated as part of the merry-go-round which now resides on City Walk in Civic.

The organ and merry-go-round were purchased for the people of Canberra in 1973. Since then, volunteers at the Carousel Organ Restoration Group have undertaken rebuilding and refurbishment of the instrument through heritage grants.

In 2013, the restoration works were complete and the organ was formally handed back to the ACT Government from the volunteers in 2014.

Hire a piece of Canberra's history

People now have the unique option to hire the Canberra Carousel Organ to play at events around Canberra. To book the organ for your event, please allow at least three weeks’ notice prior to the event.

To hire the organ please contact the Parks and Territory Services Project Coordination Officer via Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Pricing Structure

The price structure for hire of the organ is detailed in the table below.

Item Half day
4 hours
Full day
8 hours

Hire of organ by community organisation or charity group

$200

$300

Hire of the organ by a business $400 $600

Provision of backup generator (15 amp) where applicable

$500

$500

Booking Policy

A deposit of 10% of the quoted hire fee will be required at time of booking. This deposit is not refundable for cancellations with less than three weeks' notice. In instances where the organ cannot play (e.g. because of unsuitable weather conditions), a full refund will be provided.

What you need to know if you want to play it at an event?

How can I get involved?

Volunteering allows you to learn about the operation and maintenance of this historic instrument. You will be given the opportunity to assist at performances and with general maintenance.

To register to become a volunteer, please contact the Parks and Territory Services Project Coordination Officer via Access Canberra on 13 22 81.