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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  • An impressive place to see, with so much story behind it. Well worth a guided tour so you can hear about everything you don't learn just from looking at a building!  more »
  • Very impressive building and superb guide Bruce Sky who explained the building and it's parliamentary procedure. Unable to meet up with Barnaby has be was to busy fending off embarrassing media commen...  more »
  • The terrain with an old Parliament, archive,... is gigantic. At the entrance to the Parliament (free) one comes first through a security checkpoint. After that, you can look and enter into some rooms. We were alone in the room, because too many visitors there were not all. Very clean area, as also Canberra itself. If you spot it worth definitely time to look;)
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