Parliament House Canberra
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Parliament House Canberra is the seat of the Australian Government. Free entry to the public makes a visit to Parliament House a definite must do on all visitors lists.
Bring your camera, as both inside and outside of the Australian Parliament House have many opportunities for grand memories and interesting photos of articles and fantastic views.
Anybody that comes to the Nations Capital, Canberra, and goes away without a visit to Parliament House has missed a grand opportunity to see the inside of something that is very special.
Opened on 9 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II, building began in 1981 and the total cost to the Australian taxpayer was over 1.1 billion Australian dollars.
Situated on Capital Hill, with commanding views of Canberra City, the house is opened to the public between the hours of 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM daily. Free guided tours are conducted every 30 minutes during non-sitting days with a shorter tour available when Parliament is sitting.
You are free to walk through public areas of Parliament House at your leisure. There is ample free undercover parking beneath Parliament House.
The roof of the building was designed to blend in with the hill that the building was erected upon. With this in mind, a grass lawn has been retained on the roof which gives a fabulous touch to the overall architecture. Make sure you go to the roof, not just to see this grass, the views over Canberra are fabulous.
Photography is allowed in and around Parliament House, but please be aware of copyright information when viewing exhibitions and paintings. Parliament House has many eye pleasing features, such as the Great Hall, Senate Chamber and House Of Representative sitting area and a marvelous collection of paintings of all Australian Prime Ministers.
You can literally spend hours exploring the corridors of Parliament House and come away with a greater appreciation of the workings of the Australian Government and the beauty of Parliament House itself.
How To Get To Parliament House Directions
Parliament House is visible from most areas of Canberra. Situated on Capital Hill, the unique flag pole stands out as a beckoning feature above the skyline. Take the main street through Canberra, Northbourne Avenue, across the bridge and follow the signs to Parliament House Canberra.