Parliament House

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Parliament House information

Opening hours
from 9am Mon & Tue & from 8.30am Wed & Thu sitting days, 9am-5pm non-sitting days
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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.