Click to enlargeThe Parliament House

The truly spectacular structure of the A$1 billion Parliament House was completed in time for Australia’s Bicentenary (200th years birthday of European settlement) in 1988. [see panorama of the front of Parliament House] It is built INTO the side of Capital Hill with its upper roof grassed in so it blends in the hill and visitors can walk over it! Over 85,000 cubic metres of soil was removed from the top of the original Capital Hill to make way for the new building, then replaced to form its green roof. This superb viewpoint over the city is topped with a 81-m flagstaff of stainless steel flying what must be the biggest flag in the world. The Parliament House is the home to the House of Representatives and the Senate. [see panorama of inside the House of Representatives] It has also become a major “must see” visitor/tourist attraction in its own right (open to the public 364 days in the year, except XMAS). [see map to Parliament House] Internally it is rich in artworks and national symbolism. For example, the 48 marble columns in the foyer recall the country’s eucalyptus trees, whose green colour appears again in the chamber of the House of Representatives. The front Forecourt features mosaic dot painting, recognizing the long history of Aboriginal culture in Australia. [see Parliament House by night]

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House of Parliament, Canberra
House of Parliament, Canberra

Visitors Map to Parliament House
Visitors Map to Parliament House


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