Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

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 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.


Guide to Exploring Parliament House


Top Hotel Deals

See all 245 Properties near Parliament House
Little National Hotel Canberra £84
Little National Hotel Canberra

Little National Hotel Canberra

21 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Capital Hill, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of National Archives of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House. Commonwealth Park and National Convention Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 26 minutes by foot.

    Burbury Hotel & Apartments £95
    Burbury Hotel & Apartments

    Burbury Hotel & Apartments

    1 Burbury Close, Canberra, Barton, ACT
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Manuka Oval, Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth Park and National Convention Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 26 minutes by foot.

      Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt £146
      Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt

      Hyatt Hotel Canberra - a Park Hyatt

      Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Albert Hall, National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House. Commonwealth Park and National Convention Centre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Forrest Hotel and Apartments £45
        Forrest Hotel and Apartments

        Forrest Hotel and Apartments

        30 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Capital Hill, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Parliament House, Old Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Australian War Memorial and National Museum of Australia are also within 6 mi (10 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 29 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Kurrajong Canberra £81
          Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

          Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

          8 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Archives of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House. Commonwealth Park and National Convention Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 29 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Realm £118
            Hotel Realm

            Hotel Realm

            18 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Manuka Oval, Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth Park and National Convention Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 26 minutes by foot.

              Crowne Plaza Canberra £80
              Crowne Plaza Canberra

              Crowne Plaza Canberra

              1 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Canberra City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Glebe Park and National Convention Centre. Canberra Centre and Commonwealth Park are also within 15 minutes.

                Knightsbridge Canberra £85
                Knightsbridge Canberra

                Knightsbridge Canberra

                3 Leichhardt Street, Kingston, ACT
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Kingston, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Cusack Centre and Manuka Oval. Manuka Shopping Centre and Parliament House are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kingston Canberra Station is 13 minutes by foot.