Parliament of Australia, Canberra

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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. Plan to visit Parliament of Australia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Canberra attractions using our Canberra driving holiday planning app .
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  • October 12, 2017
    Once we recovered from the shock of how much taxpayer money must go into the upkeep of this enormous piece of infrastructure, we were absorbed by the wonderful tour, led by one of the experienced tour...  more »
  • October 10, 2017
    Highlight for students visiting Parliament House is the Role Play activity. This needs to be booked through the Sergeant of Arms office. I booked 12 months in advance to secure a suitable time. Studen...  more »
  • October 9, 2017
    An incredible building of vision that does seem to centre the Australian capital on its representative function. Despite the increased security feeling other worldly access is still great and displays...  more »

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