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  • Address: Capital Hill
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm (9am to House rise on sitting days). Closed on Dec 25
  • Admission: Free. Private paid tours available

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Australian Parliament House

Canberra has two parliament houses: the Art Deco 1920s Old Parliament House and Canberra’s focal point, the new 1980s Parliament House.

Dug into the surrounding green flank of Capital Hill, the grassed roof and triangular metal flagpole of Parliament House are a national symbol.

The building’s central foyer is flanked by the House of Representatives on the east and the Senate on the west. Inside, native timbers, marble, mosaics, tapestries and embroidery feature in the spacious and lofty interior.

Take a guided tour, and if Parliament is sitting you can watch the proceedings from the public gallery.

If you have time, visit the imaginatively curated Old Parliament House adjacent. Clattering typewriters, ringing phones and overflowing in-trays re-create the drama and atmosphere of Canberra’s political life in decades gone by.

Practical Info

Crowning Capital Hill, Parliament House is set on a grand axis with Old Parliament House directly in front of it, and the Australian War Memorial, away over Lake Burley Griffin.

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Canberra Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Discover Canberra on a hop-on hop-off tour of Australia’s capital city. Recorded commentary provides background on the sights as you travel the city by ...  Read more

Location: Canberra, Australia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $29.14

Canberra Day Trip from Sydney

4 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

Explore beautiful Canberra, Australia’s capital city, on a full-day trip from Sydney. Visit famous sights including the Australian War Memorial, Parliament ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.22

Canberra Explorer: Australia's Capital City Tour from Sydney

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Enjoy this comprehensive day tour of Canberra, Australian's capital city. Travel south by coach from Sydney through the Goulburn region, one of Australia's ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.72

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