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High Court of Australia

Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61-2-6270 6811
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Ranked #18 of 110 attractions in Canberra
Type: Government Buildings
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English first
Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A great visit to the High Court. The guides are a wonderful source of information, and very patient even with a group of school children who were also visiting. Wonderful architecture and it's great to visit such an important part of Australia.

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Canberra, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Rare are the visitors here. A most lovely light filled building, restful and restrained in style. The cafe is not imaginative but it is quiet and not expensive. One can sit there and admire the view over the lake with a newspaper and a coffee or glass of wine and never be bothered. Perfect break in a walk around the... More

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Canberra, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A 'must visit' as long as you only want to spend some leisure time walking up and down the ramps or peeking inside the court rooms to see whats going on there, if anything. I guess if you go because were charged of shaving your neighbour's eyebrows while he slept you would have a totally different experience. Very impressive building,... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What a lucky country we live in. This shows how democracy works and everyone has a right to be heard. The guides were very informative and had some wonderful information to pass on.

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sydney
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It's an easy walk from many of the other sights on the southern side of Lake Burly Griffin, e.g. National Gallery, Questacon, National Library, which are all along the lakeside bike track. You are able to enter the courtrooms and actually see the full bench of our highest court in session - 30 minutes is probably enough though unless it's... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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213 reviews 213 reviews
32 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Grand 1970s architecture and interior that strangely doesn't seem dated inside. Grand atrium is very impressive and galleries offer nice view of Lake Burley Griffin. The 3 court rooms seem to be open on rotation but you can just see a glimpse through the door of the closed ones. Informative guides shared as much information as you needed without making... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Impressive. The guides are very informative and I like how you can go into the court chambers quite freely. Great sense of history of the judicial system and very interesting indeed.

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Canberra, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The first "tourist spot" I went to after I moved to Canberra. It's a pretty good place for foreigners to get to know the system quickly.

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Melbourne Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We attended on a day court wasn't sitting and after being met by an attendant as we entered we were given some history and directed to courts that we could go into. We were very impressed by the beautiful simplicity of the building design and my engineer husband was especially taken by the building construction with all that concrete! Worth... More

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Canberra, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Aside from the unique architecture and fascinating historical and modern day paintings, the full majesty of the law can be seen in operation in Australia's ultimate court of appeal and constitutional court that, from time to time, ensures the Parliament and the Executive do not exceed their powers under the Australian Constitution.

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