Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Canberra Sights

Parliament House

  • Government Building
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 01/16/2014

Fodor's Review

Much of this vast futuristic structure is submerged, covered by a domed glass roof that follows the contours of Capital Hill. You approach the building across a vast courtyard with a central mosaic titled Meeting Place, designed by Aboriginal artist Nelson Tjakamarra. Native timber has been used almost exclusively throughout the building, and the work of some of Australia's finest contemporary artists hangs on the walls.

Parliament generally sits Monday to

Thursday mid-February to late June and mid-August to mid-December. Both chambers have public galleries, but the debates in the House of Representatives, where the prime minister sits, are livelier and more newsworthy than those in the Senate. Guided tours take place at 10, 1, and 3 daily.

Question Time. The best time to observe the House of Representatives is during Question Time, starting at 2, when the Government and the Opposition are most likely to be at each other's throats. To secure a ticket for Question Time, contact the sergeant-at-arms' office until 12:45 pm on the day you require a ticket. 02/6277–4889 sergeant-at-arms' office.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2600, Australia

Phone:

02-6277–5399

Website: www.aph.gov.au

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5, later when Parliament is sitting

Updated 01/16/2014

Advertisement

What's Nearby

Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating

By Kay2

  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Nov 23, 2009

Parliament House Review

An interesting stop. Great view from the roof.

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement