Parliament of Australia, Canberra

(4.3/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
Watch Australian government at work and receive a lesson in impressive modern architecture at Parliament of Australia. The immaculately landscaped, 32 hectare (79 acre) site features a long, low building resembling a boomerang from the front with four diagonal legs supporting a massive Australian flag on the roof. Inside, you'll find about 4,700 rooms and many publicly accessible areas. Join a guided tour. Lasting 45 minutes when government isn't sitting and 30 minutes when it is, a guided tour will bring you to the Chambers to watch Question Time and into viewing areas for important documents like the Magna Carta. You can't miss the tapestry in the Great Hall: It's one of the world's largest. Head to the rooftop for expansive views of Canberra, and grab refreshments in the Queens Terrace cafe. Before you head to Canberra, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Canberra holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Canberra has to offer, including Parliament of Australia.
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  • Worth a visit as this externally is a bit unique and internally interesting to see our political history. 
  • The unique building is worth to explore around as there are complimentary 45 min guided tours on non sitting days and 20 min tours on sitting days (every 30 min from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.daily) This attr...  more »
  • No visit to Canberra would be complete if you are an Aussie to see your where your money goes. Hope on hop off bus or easy drive in a circuit close to other major buildings. Easy parking for that must...  more »
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  • This is no longer a place which respects the will of the majority, nor truly serves the people for the people, but a place in which Marxism is beginning to reign. A place where special interest groups with un-Australian agendas appear to now have the strongest voices. The good Representatives are now a minority. Those good ones, who are there to try and make Australia a great place again, are now fighting a losing battle with those who have only their self interests at heart.
  • Great place to learn about the prime ministers of the past and political things. Free Wi-Fi, free entry and you can visit the Senate and House of Reps. during question time. There is a security line like at a border checkpoint, but it goes very quick and efficiently. Would come again.
  • Everything was amazing!. The building have many attractive areas and The Terrace cafe serves fast food but excellent quality and the coffee sooo nice. The staff is very kind and friendly. I absolutely enjoyed this tour.
  • Good place to spend a few hours. Plenty of great paintings of former prime ministers. I really liked the one of Paul Keating. Also plenty of history. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had gotten a tour.
  • Contains the House of Representatives and the Senate, so very trustworthy. Nice décor. I really liked the lobby as well. Much better than the Old Parliament House.