New Parliament House, Canberra
Visit the Parliament Building 'close up'. It is built into an earthen berm and is both architecturally and ecologically innovative. It was first opened in 1988 and was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp architects after a competition with over 325 entries.
Fondest memory: Being able to wander through the corridors of this beautiful building. For more information see: http://www.aph.gov.au/jhd/visiting/architect/build.htm
When you are visiting the Australian Capital, you have to visit the National Parliament House (http://www.aph.gov.au) that is located on a 32-hectare site and built on top of Capital Hill. It is the focal point of Canberra. The building completed in 1988 after a cost of over 800 million dollars, but it is one of the most attractive parliament buildings in the world. It replaced the old parliament (http://www.oph.gov.au) house, which is located further down the hill. The National Parliament House is build from a design by the architect Romaldo Giurgola. It was official opened by Queen Elisabeth II (for those don’t know, she is English) on May 9th 1988. For those who want to send an e-mail to the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, this is the address: http://www.pm.gov.au ;-)
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Favorite thing: The Parliament House is located on a 32- hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra. The unique blend of the architecture and the collection of art artifacts make it a popular cultural attractions.
Visit Parliament House...it's the home of Australia's Federal Parliament. You can go inside and look around or you can get a free tour. Once when I went I had a broken ankle and they gave me a wheelchair to use for the day...I must admit, it did make it harder to get around but we still managed to see everything.
Phone: 02 62775399
Entry is free. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas Day.
Visiting the House of Parliament is the main attraction when visiting Canberra. The Australian War Memorial was also very interesting.
Fondest memory: The tour of the House of Parliment is the highlight of Canberra.