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Parliament House of Victoria

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Address: Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9651 8911
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Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most...

Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. It is a working State Parliament, and is also the building where Australia's first Federal Parliament met from 1901 until 1927. Free guided tours are provided on non-sitting days, Monday to Friday, at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:45pm. (Tours for groups of 6 or more are also free, but must be booked in advance) The public galleries in both chambers are open on sitting days for visitors who wish to see Parliament in action. Visitors can book for High Tea or Lunch in Stranger's Corridor during non-sitting weeks.

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This is a free tour - a good overview of the Aussie parliamentary system. Time and quality of the experience will vary depending on the number of questions the guide addresses... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a free tour - a good overview of the Aussie parliamentary system. Time and quality of the experience will vary depending on the number of questions the guide addresses, but if you happen to join an inquisitive group, you'll learn a lot about Australian politics. Martin was our guide - who fielded many questions from 20 or so... More 

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Thank AdventuresinJapan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

part of the city tour ... just the bulding is shown from outside with some details as told by the guide...

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Thank namratavc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having trekked halfway across Melbourne to go on the free guided tour we and other tourists who attended were very disappointed to be told 3-4 minutes before the appointed tour time that it had left and that there was nothing they could do (not even radio them to come back - couldn't have gone far!!) and that there wasn't another... More 

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Thank markjamesporter
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You've probably passed the famous steps hundreds of times if you live in melbourne. Next time you should take a free tour. It's well worth the visit. Informative tour guides give the inside scoop and the building itself is beautiful

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Thank John G
Middle Park, Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Parliament was originally the Parliament of the British Colony of Victoria after it separated from the Colony of NSW in the mid 1800's. On federation in 1901 which created the Commonwealth of Australia, after the opening of the first federal parliament in the Royal Exhibition Building which had much more space for the public gallery and invited guests, the... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its free to go on a tour so do it! Inside is beautiful with the tour guide giving you a history of the House and well as explaining how the parliament works in VIC. So much detail in the building to look at. So much history. A must. Younger kids may not be interested but suited to all ages.

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Thank Amy B
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth going on one of the free tours. The guide was very informative and the two chambers visited very beautiful. If you are British then it is very interesting to see a Parliament that runs on the same lines as Westminster.

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Thank Mudeford123
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very informative tour with great guide who explained the democratic process with verve and humour. The building is also very well seeing inside. It says be there 10 minutes before tours...id suggest 30 mins as we were lucky to get into a group and the safety procedure took some time. Inside is a copy of the largest gold nugget found... More 

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Karachi, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The site is amazing and attractive, It looks stunning at night. After security check , one can visit the parliament.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Took a tour (free) that was so worthwhile. Be prepared for a security check and if you have an umbrella it will be held for your retrieval on departure - it's easy to forget as your other possessions (jackets, handbags etc are locked in a locker). Cameras are allowed. Check before you go if it is a sitting day as... More 

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