New Parliament House, Canberra

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  • Parliament Party

    by Lildeer Written Apr 15, 2005

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    The Australian Parliament is the only Parliament House in the world that is available to rent for private events.

    The quirks continue. Once a week, the government holds a "Question Time" usually around 2pm, during which visitors can watch Parliament in action, seated in the upper balcony. Theoretically anyone can take this time to ask their minister or the Prime Minister a questions on policy.

    More often, the opposition takes this opportunity to berate the government on a job poorly done. The spectacle of grown adults yelling at each other is quite entertaining. While I was there, three ministers were forcibly removed from the chamber!

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    Parliament House

    by Kate-Me Written Feb 26, 2005

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    I'm not sure why Parliament House is given as one of the tourist attractions of Canberra.....maybe for people with more interest in politics than I have.
    At any rate, we didn't get time to go there, but I was surprised by just how much you can see it by not even going there - it towers over and dominates the Canberra skyline - we could see it from just about everywhere in the city.

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  • Parliament House !

    by grantravel Updated Feb 9, 2005

    The first and last time I went to the Parliament House was on the opening day. I suppose not many people can say that! The queen was even there for the big day.

    The flagmast of Parliament House has become the symbol of Canberra. Looming above the lake atop Capital Hill, it's visible from most of the city's main approaches.

    Free guided tours leave every half hour, or you can wander the public spaces at your leisure, enjoying the art collection and magnificent architecture. When Parliament is sitting, you can observe proceedings from the public galleries. A visit to Parliament House is a must, your stay in Canberra simply isn't complete without it.

    Hours:
    9am-5pm Daily

    Cost:
    Public tours are free of charge

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    New Parliament House

    by MikoNgSV Updated Oct 2, 2004

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    Entrance to NPH is free. However, before u enter, there will be a security check similar to those in the airport. Nice place to look around. Oh... there will be a public tour which will last about 45min.

    Open:
    daily 9am - 5pm

    public tours start at 9am and follow by every 30 minutes.

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  • Worth visiting if only for comparison

    by fellman01 Written Apr 17, 2004

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    Not much history has taken place in Australia's New Parliament House. Still, it is worth visiting if only to better understand todays Australia.
    You used to be able to walk across the top of the building and the kids loved to roll down the hill. Unfortunately, this is no longer possible due to security concerns.
    Make sure you take the tour as it will add to your appreciation. If convenient consider having lunch in the Queen's Gallery - fair food but at a reasonable price.

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    On Top in the Cap

    by reedee Written Nov 2, 2003

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    The gleaming four legged flag pole on top of Capital Hill marks the new Parliament House. Opened in 1988, it cost $1.1billion & took 8 yrs to complete, it replaced the old Parliament House down the hill which served 11 yrs longer than its intended 50 yrs. It is built into the hill and the roof has been grassed over to preverve the shape of the original hilltop, which you can walk over if you wish to.

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    Canberra II

    by iandsmith Updated Sep 12, 2003

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    There are other things that stand out in Canberra, notably Parliament House, the National Library and the Telstra Tower atop a nearby hill and affording the best views of Canberra while standing on a building.
    Possibly the most memorable way to view the town would be to get aboard one of the many balloons that fly every morning (seven when I was last there), weather permitting. If you are an early riser and have a camera I recommend you get lakeside just after sunrise and, again weather permitting, you should get some great shots of coloured balloons over Canberra reflected in the water.
    Parliament House (surely the only one in the world covered by a lawn) is worthy of some time. The tour is informative and an insight into where some of my taxes went!
    At nighttime, should you be crossing the main bridge over Lake Burley Griffin, you will see this colourful edifice, the new Australian National Museum, whose architecture defies description. Frankly, I think it looks great at night and downright ugly in the day.

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    The Foyer

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    The interior of the building is filled with Australian artwork and in the foyer, which is designed to be reminiscent of a eucalyptus forest, are 48 marble-clad columns with two wonderfully crafted staircases.

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    The Great Hall

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    The Great Hall houses one of the largest tapestries in the world and is based on a work by Australian artist, Arthur Boyd. There are also rich Australian timbers use.

    Free guided tours of Parliament begin at 9.00a.m. and run every 30 mins with the last tour at 4.00pm.

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    Parliament House

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    The new Parliament House is located on Capital Hill in the centre of Canberra's business district. From the roof you can get excellent views of Canberra. The 81 metre flag mast of Parliament House is the first thing you see and it has become the symbol of Canberra.

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    Parliament House

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    The 81 metre flagmast of Parliament House on top of Capital Hill has become the symbol of Canberra. It was completed in time for Australia's bicentenary in 1988. open to the public seven days a week. Free guided tours leave every half hour
    Open daily 9am - 5pm, later when Parliament is in session. Free admission.

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    Australian Parliament Building

    by schmoopy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Parliament building is an absolutely astounding building inside. The symbolism used in representing Australian images in the lobby, the House and the Senate is extremely unique. As examples, the gigantic marble pillars in the lobby are green to to symbolise eucalyptus trees and native wood is used throughout for decor and structure. The Upper Chamber (Senate) is done in red to represent the earth and the lower down you physically are seated in the room, the darker the red gets (as it gets closer to the earth). There is also an enormous tapestry of the outback in the Reception Hall which took approximately 6 people 2-3 years to weave. Useless trivia learned: the flag outside of Parliament is roughly the size of a London double-decker bus and there is 21 km of tunnel in the Parliament building.

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    A visit to the Parliament...

    by Libs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A visit to the Parliament Building.
    I have very stupid reasons for enjoying this. I liked the way it was built into a hill so you could climb to the top. I like the funny flag stand. I liked the mosaic out front. Hey, it's pretty cool...

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    PARLIAMENT HOUSE: Although it...

    by Gnome Written Aug 24, 2002

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    PARLIAMENT HOUSE: Although it cost a bomb back in the 1980's, I think this is a building that will stand the test of time. It is kind of like a house in the hill, as it is built into the ground - definitely worth a visit for the virgin Canberra tourist. Don't forget to go up to the flag pole on the top, as it has a great panoramic view of Canberra and wide open lawns - I pity the poor person who has to mow it!!
    Great modern architecture - interesting symbolism and designs throughout the building and all that dirt/grass on the roof!

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    The House of Parliament

    by Koleno Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The House of Parliament
    This was the Highlight of our visit to Canberra. The House of Parliament is a huge building with over 4,000 rooms. The House of Parliament was completed in 1988 and had been the main attraction of Canberra ever since. A excellent free tour is offered that is both educational and historical.

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