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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  • We were fortunate enough to have an excellent guide who told us of the history of the place and showed us through the buildings and helped us into the gallery over the debating chamber, well worth the...  more »
  • Enjoyed it more than I thought I would . The Magna carta is on view here, was not expecting that.The staff are very helpful and the size is enormous. Put in to place the new items we see on TV.  more »
  • A watchable, much symbolism and typical of the history of the country. . It has impressed us.
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