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Parliament House

Admire the scale, architecture and artwork of the building where Australia’s politicians make the big decisions. 

Australia’s Parliament House is the standout structure in the capital. It’s in the very centre of the city and has an impressive 62 acres (25 hectares)) of floor space. It’s the work of New York-based architectural firm Mitchell and Giurgola, who beat 329 entrants from 28 countries in a competition run by the Australian Government. Construction started in 1981, and it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988.

Take in the scale of the building as you make your way over the mosaic forecourt, an artwork in itself. The building is designed to sit below the crest of the hillside and contains 4,500 rooms. Look up to see a 246-ton (220-tonne) flagpole flying a 21 by 42-foot (6.4 by 12.8-meter)  Australian flag. Continue up the grassy slopes that cover the roof and look out over the city. There are great views of Lake Burley Griffin and the greater Canberra area. 

Make your way through the marble and timber Main Foyer and into the Great Hall. Here you’ll see a tapestry based on a painting by Australian artist Arthur Boyd. It depicts a eucalyptus forest and measures 65 by 29 feet (20 by nine meters), making it one of the largest in the world. Keep exploring the building to admire other artworks and see the rooms from which the country is governed.

Take a free guided tour to learn about the building and its history or visit the House of Representatives and Senate. These rooms are where politicians meet and debate, and are at the heart of Australian democracy. Fans of politics can sit in the public galleries and watch Question Time, a session in which members of parliament grill ministers with questions.

You’ll find Parliament House in the very centre of Canberra on Capitol Hill. It’s open every day except Christmas Day. Tours run throughout the day. Entry and on-site parking is free, and there’s a café and restaurant. ACTION buses from Canberra’s central business district stop here as well as other major attractions.


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Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt CA $208
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt

Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt

Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Albert Hall, Lake Burley Griffin and National Gallery of Australia. Parliament House and National Convention Centre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Forrest Hotel and Apartments CA $61
    Forrest Hotel and Apartments

    Forrest Hotel and Apartments

    30 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Capital Hill, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Parliament House, Old Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Australian War Memorial and National Museum of Australia are also within 6 mi (10 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 29 minutes by foot.

      Burbury Hotel & Apartments CA $108
      Burbury Hotel & Apartments

      Burbury Hotel & Apartments

      1 Burbury Close, Canberra, Barton, ACT
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Manuka Shopping Centre, Manuka Oval and Parliament House. Lake Burley Griffin and National Gallery of Australia are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 26 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Realm CA $131
        Hotel Realm

        Hotel Realm

        18 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of National Archives of Australia, Manuka Oval and Parliament House. Lake Burley Griffin and National Gallery of Australia are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 26 minutes by foot.

          Little National Hotel CA $100
          Little National Hotel

          Little National Hotel

          21 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Capital Hill, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Archives of Australia and Manuka Oval. Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 26 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Kurrajong Canberra CA $98
            Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

            Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

            8 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Archives of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House. Lake Burley Griffin and Manuka Oval are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 29 minutes by foot.

              Accommodate Canberra - Domain
              Accommodate Canberra - Domain

              Accommodate Canberra - Domain

              29-31 State Circle, Deakin, ACT
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Capital Hill, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Embassy of America, Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin. Manuka Oval and National Gallery of Australia are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Novotel Canberra CA $120
                Novotel Canberra

                Novotel Canberra

                65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, ACT
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canberra Museum and Gallery and Canberra Centre. Australian National University and National Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes.