Holidays in Parliament House

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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 25 hectares (62 acres) 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 220-tonne (246-ton) flagpole flying a 6.4 by 12.8-metre (21 by 42-foot) 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 20 by nine metres (65 by 29 feet), 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.

321 Cheap Hotels Near Parliament House

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
Forrest Hotel and Apartments
3.5 out of 5
30 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
The price is AU$107 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Capital Hill, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Parliament House, National Gallery of Australia and Old Parliament House. Australian National University ...
3.9/5 Good! (963 reviews)
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Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2021

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
Hotel Realm
Hotel Realm
5 out of 5
18 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is AU$249 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Manuka Oval and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Civic Square. National Archives of Australia and Manuka ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Spacious two bedroom suite (basically two rooms joined by a common doorway). Kitchenette, but with limited utensils, despite a good convection oven and washer dryer (both a bonus when you have young children). Shame COVID now means you have to book the pool in 30 min spots, but we never had an issue ..."

Reviewed on 23 Dec. 2021

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Burbury Hotel & Apartments
Burbury Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Burbury Close, Canberra, Barton, ACT
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The price is AU$198 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Capital Hill, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Manuka Oval and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Civic Square. National Archives of Australia and Manuka Shopping ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, only one restraunt open"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2022

Burbury Hotel & Apartments
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Top Parliament House Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
Forrest Hotel and Apartments
3.5 out of 5
30 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
The price is AU$107 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Forrest Hotel and Apartments
Hotel Realm
Hotel Realm
5 out of 5
18 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is AU$249 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Hotel Realm
Burbury Hotel & Apartments
Burbury Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Burbury Close, Canberra, Barton, ACT
The price is AU$198 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Burbury Hotel & Apartments
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
5 out of 5
Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT
The price is AU$258 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt
Little National Hotel Canberra
Little National Hotel Canberra
4 out of 5
21 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is AU$198 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Little National Hotel Canberra
Rydges Canberra
Rydges Canberra
4.5 out of 5
Corner Canberra Ave & National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
The price is AU$160 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Rydges Canberra
Novotel Canberra
Novotel Canberra
4.5 out of 5
65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, ACT
The price is AU$185 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Novotel Canberra
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra
4.5 out of 5
8 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
The price is AU$209 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra
Accommodate Canberra - Domain
Accommodate Canberra - Domain
3.5 out of 5
29-31 State Circle, Deakin, ACT
Accommodate Canberra - Domain
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.