Australian Parliament House, Canberra
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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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.