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Parliament House
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels Close to Parliament House

Burbury Hotel & Apartments
Burbury Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Burbury Close, Canberra, Barton, ACT
The price is $124 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manuka Oval, Parliament House, and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth Park and National ...

4.2/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"The Burbury always delivers the goods! Excellent hotel"…"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Burbury Hotel & Apartments
Little National Hotel Canberra
Little National Hotel Canberra
4 out of 5
21 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is $124 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Capital Hill, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Archives of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, and Parliament House. Commonwealth ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)

"Comfy bed. Nice view from the window. Free parking when we went there, however unsure if this is always the case."…"

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Little National Hotel Canberra
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
5 out of 5
Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT
The price is $199 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Albert Hall, National Gallery of Australia, and Parliament House. Commonwealth Park and National ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)

"This was our first stay at the Hyatt Canberra hotel and we absolutely loved our trip We were greeted at reception and Sumodh helped us with our luggage We booked two rooms and they were very spacious. I was celebrating my 40th birthday and they bought chocolates and a bottle of complimentary wine ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
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Burbury Hotel & Apartments
Burbury Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Burbury Close, Canberra, Barton, ACT
The price is $124 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Burbury Hotel & Apartments
Little National Hotel Canberra
Little National Hotel Canberra
4 out of 5
21 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is $124 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Little National Hotel Canberra
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
5 out of 5
Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT
The price is $199 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
Hotel Realm
Hotel Realm
4.5 out of 5
18 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is $152 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Hotel Realm
Rydges Canberra
Rydges Canberra
4.5 out of 5
Corner Canberra Ave & National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
The price is $117 per night from May 9 to May 10
Rydges Canberra
Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT
The price is $121 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
Forrest Hotel and Apartments
Forrest Hotel and Apartments
3.5 out of 5
30 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
The price is $71 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Forrest Hotel and Apartments
Brassey Hotel
Brassey Hotel
4 out of 5
Belmore Gardens & Macquarie Street, Barton, ACT
The price is $103 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Brassey Hotel
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra
4.5 out of 5
8 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is $145 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.