Papua New Guinea High Commission
Several of Canberra’s 80-odd diplomatic missions are architecturally interesting and periodically open to the public. The Papua New...
National Archives of Australia
Canberra's original post office now houses the National Archives, a repository for Commonwealth government records in the form of...
While it is not open to the public, you can sneak a peek through the gates of the prime minister’s official residence, the Lodge ....
The members of parliament could only have dreamt of being so well fed when this place was the humble parly dining room. These days...
Parliament House information
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Opened in 1988 after a 10-year, $1.2 billion construction project, the national parliament building is dug into Capital Hill, its roof covered in grass and topped by an 81m-high flagpole. The rooftop lawns are easily accessible, encompass 23 hectares of landscaped gardens, and provide superb 360-degree views of the city. Underneath is a complex of five buildings that incorporate 17 courtyards, a striking entrance foyer, a Great Hall, the House of Representatives, the Senate and 2300km of corridors. All can be visited on a free guided tour (30-minutes on sitting days, 45 minutes on non-sitting days). These set off at 10am, 1pm and 3pm daily.
Visitors are welcome to self-navigate and watch parliamentary proceedings from the public galleries. Tickets for Question Time (2pm on sitting days) in the House of Representatives are free but must be booked through the Sergeant at Arms ; tickets aren't required for the Senate chamber. See the website for a calendar of sitting days.