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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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sydney
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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
223 helpful votes 223 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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27 reviews 27 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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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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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Gave an informative insight into the role of the High Court. Like most National buildings around Canberra it is very sterile.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Not my number 1 choice of a place to spend time, if you are "in to" the law I am sure this would be a great place to visit, for me it was interesting but not a place I would spend a great amount of time. I certainly found going to the highest court in the land a good experience... More

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sydney
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is a beautifully designed building nestled between the Portrait Gallery and the National Art Gallery. Well worth a look and great to enjoy the views over the Lake from their excellent Cafe and snack bar. Architectural stunner. Beautiful leather furniture and atmosphere.

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Pescosolido, Italy
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117 reviews 117 reviews
68 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

What a wonderful idea. You all need to put this in your diary, this attraction offers free Sunday Concerts at 13:00 on the 1st and third Sunday of every month.... You will be entertained by some wonderful talent while soaking up the sounds which bounce off the walls, great acoustics. It's a great way to meet up with friends after... More

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