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Australian Parliament House, Canberra

Updated on April 17, 2014

What is Parliament House?

Parliament House in Canberra is home to Australia's federal Parliament. It sits in the centre of Canberra and houses both the Australian House of Representatives and the Australian Senate. The Parliament of Australia consists of Australia's Governor-General, who represents the Queen, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The building was opened on 9 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth ll and was designed as a people's building, with grassed areas right across the top so people can walk above the Parliament.

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Parliament House of Australia, Canberra, ACT Australia

In the some of the views you will see a long white building which is the Old Parliament House. Beyond that in some views is a distant building with a dome. This is the War Memorial and sits directly across Lake Burley Griffin from the home of Australia's Parliament. It is a constant reminder to the politicians about the importance of making good decisions.

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The new Parliament House sits behind the old Parliament House.Panoramic view of the front of Australia's 'new' Parliament House built into Capital Hill and showing the 'boomerang' shaped design.The Great Hall in Parliament House. The tapestry at the rear of the room is one of the largest tapestries in the world.The House of Representatives is decorated in the colour of eucalyptus leaves.The Senate chamber is decorated in a muted red, suggesting the earth and the colours of the outback.External view at dusk.Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with U.S. Ambassador Jeff Bleich in June 2010.Parliament House is home to the Parliament of Australia.The Australian flag flies from the massive flagpole atop Parliament House.View from Mount Ainslie directly above the War Memorial looking straight towards the old and new Parliament Houses.
The new Parliament House sits behind the old Parliament House.
The new Parliament House sits behind the old Parliament House.
Panoramic view of the front of Australia's 'new' Parliament House built into Capital Hill and showing the 'boomerang' shaped design.
Panoramic view of the front of Australia's 'new' Parliament House built into Capital Hill and showing the 'boomerang' shaped design.
The Great Hall in Parliament House. The tapestry at the rear of the room is one of the largest tapestries in the world.
The Great Hall in Parliament House. The tapestry at the rear of the room is one of the largest tapestries in the world.
The House of Representatives is decorated in the colour of eucalyptus leaves.
The House of Representatives is decorated in the colour of eucalyptus leaves.
The Senate chamber is decorated in a muted red, suggesting the earth and the colours of the outback.
The Senate chamber is decorated in a muted red, suggesting the earth and the colours of the outback.
External view at dusk.
External view at dusk.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with U.S. Ambassador Jeff Bleich in June 2010.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with U.S. Ambassador Jeff Bleich in June 2010.
Parliament House is home to the Parliament of Australia.
Parliament House is home to the Parliament of Australia.
The Australian flag flies from the massive flagpole atop Parliament House.
The Australian flag flies from the massive flagpole atop Parliament House.
View from Mount Ainslie directly above the War Memorial looking straight towards the old and new Parliament Houses.
View from Mount Ainslie directly above the War Memorial looking straight towards the old and new Parliament Houses.

Facts about Parliament House

Parliament House is located on Capital Hill, Canberra and is one of the largest buildings in the southern hemisphere. It is 300 metres long and 300 metres wide. There are 4,500 rooms with a total floor area of more than 250,000 square metres. The building cost was around $1.1 billion and took seven years to build with a workforce of around 10,000 people.

The polished stainless steel flag pole is 81 metres tall and the flag flying from it measures 12.8 m by 6.4m. The flagpole weighs 220 tonnes.

Parliament House is open to visitors every day of the year except for Christmas Day. The building is open to the public from 9:00am to 5:00pm during weeks when Parliament is not sitting, and later during sitting weeks. Visitors can access about one-fifth of the building.

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      hmommers 

      5 years ago

      We were in Canberra in 2006 when it was Australia Day. That was fun :)

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      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      This certainly looks like an interesting place to visit. I've never been to Australia, but hope to one day.

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      sukkran trichy 

      5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      interesting information on australian parliament house. i would love to visit there.

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      AustraliaMove 

      5 years ago

      I have lived in Australia for 12 years but yet to visit the Parliament house.Your articles have reminded me that I have to visit it in the near future!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      nice info on parliament house...I really liked this article on travelling..its great information..contents are understandable and worth to be noticedit is going to help people find their next travel destination.thanks for posting.nice lens

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      Fridayonmymind LM 

      5 years ago

      I have never been there bit it looks like it would ne interesting.

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      Blackspaniel1 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting

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      jolou 

      5 years ago

      I'm a long way from Australia but sure would love to see it.

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      srsddn lm 

      5 years ago

      Canberra seems to be fantastic and the Parliament House building looks gorgeous.

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