Parliament House, Canberra

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General Information

Parliament House is the meeting place of the Australian Parliament, it is situated in the capital of Australia, Canberra. Parliament House opened in 1988 after being designed by Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp Architects, it replaced the Old Parliament House as the home of the Australian Parliament. The design of the buildings is said to represent two boomerangs, the buildings have over 4,700 rooms inside their walls. Many of the rooms are open to the public but some are restricted such as the Members Hall and the Ministerial Wing. It is one of the most important places in Australia with many of the nation's rules and regulations discussed, debated and decided within its walls.  

Getting there

If you are travelling to the buildings by car, there is parking available near the Old Parliament House. By bus, take the 1, 81 or 981 which all stop outside the parliament buildings. Parliament House is around a 20-30 minute walk away from ‘Canberra’ train station.

Opening Times and Admission

The buildings are open to the public daily, 9am-5pm. The buildings have high security and you should carry photo identification when visiting them. You can take a guided tour of parliament house for free, the tours run daily at 9.30am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3.30pm. You will need to confirm a place on the tour at the information desk, the tours take you into the chambers of parliament, the members' hall and much more.

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  • Parliament Dr, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
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  • +61 2 6277 7111

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Posted: 9 Sep 2019, 12:19



From the outside


Visited from the outside, was surprised at how plain the building is for its importance. In most countries around the world they really go for it with their parliament building but not here. Unfortunately didn't have the time to take a tour.

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