Fodor's Expert Review Parliament House

Canberra Government Building
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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. Free 40-minute guided tours take place at 9:30, 11, 1, 2, and 3 daily.

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Quick Facts

Parliament Dr.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory  2600, Australia

- 02 - 6277–5399

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, Daily 9–5, later when Parliament is session

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