Please note that while I do not like the Museum of Australian Democracy component of Old Parliament House I highly recommend you visit Old Parliament House – simply as Old Parliament House.
In writing about Old Parliament House I stated:
“Unfortunately this magnificent attraction in under-going something of an identity crisis and for whatever reason seems to be trying to re-badge itself as the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House with an emphasis on the museum part. This identity crisis, I believe stems from the move of the National Portrait section to its new permanent home at the newly build National Portrait Gallery in 2008”.
I feel the powers that be felt landed with some empty space when the Portrait Gallery moved out (mind you it didn’t do an overnight runner) and felt compelled to fill it with something but really had nothing to fill it with.
The resultant display aimed at tracing and displaying the story of democracy in Australia, laudable though that is, is limited to copies of documents, boards of text and pictures, interactive touch screen displays and the like. just didn't tell me anything or draw me into wanting to spend time in this area. A 20 page booklet for the visitor to take home would do just as good a job.
This is of course my view and given that you will be (or should be!) in the building anyway, by all means give this area five minutes – and if you end up spending an hour there well clearly our views differ and that is fine.
Opening Hours– 9am – 5pm Daily Except Christmas Day
Entrance Fee - $2 ($1 for children) – covers whole building.
Unique Suggestions: Exhibition is located within Old Parliament House (OPH) which is a must see in itself - Concentrate on OPH
Fun Alternatives: Concentrate on OPH
There has always been a sterotype of Canberra Oh you can buy porno, firecrakers in the ACT cause its legel
Times have changes, laws have been written, people have complained
The sale pf Fireworks or Firecrackers in ACT are banned. You can No longer buy them even if its the queens birthday long weekend
Fun Alternatives: There will always been fireworks somewhere in Canberra sometime during the year
Please note that if you walk up here eg from Botanic Gardens - a nice walk in itself you cannot get even a drink of water without paying to go up the Tower. The entrance cost is $6 for a much inferior view than you get from Mount Ainslie which is free. Also note that unless you go up the tower there is no view given trees etc. To the left of entrance is what was probably once a "free viewing" platform which is closed (safety reasons --- haha if it was open no-one would pay to go up tower.
There is a good but overpriced Restaurant up Tower. Whole place has air of abandonment about it . I was up 5 July 2008. The tower itself in not very interesting - best viewed from lake.
Unique Suggestions: Have a meal in the expensive revolving restaurant.
Fun Alternatives: Mount Ainslie - PS a nice walk up (need to be reasonably fit but not super fit) from back of War Memorial - or you can drive up. Much better views and free.
This night tour takes you around Canberra's sleazy nightlife from brothels to stripjoints. Yes behind Canberra's bureaucratic facade, there is some naughtiness. The redlight districts are in the industrial suburb Fyshwick and Mitchell but there are some hidden cloisters in the treelined suburbs.
Unique Suggestions: Try the services available??
Fun Alternatives: Watch telly in your hotel or rent a video
It's NOT that it's a rip off money wise, it is that the city to me does NOT have a heart.
Go see an other city in Australia.
But if you come to Canberra
Then at least do this.........below.......
Unique Suggestions: Cockington Green is well worth seeing.
Fun Alternatives: Visit the New Parlament Buliding.
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