Parliament of Australia, Canberra

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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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  • We booked a couple of seats for Question Time with the Serjeant-at-Arms and picked up our ticket at the Cloak Room. Security is pretty tight but to be expected. Good seats up in the public gallery and...  more »
  • Arrived at 9am and was able to book onto the 9.30 tour with ease. Glad I went on tour as not only helped to get my bearings but meant I didn't feel like I was just wondering around where I shouldn't b...  more »
  • First time visit new Parliament House. Worthwhile and fascinating tour including House of Reps and Senate.  more »

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