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Parliament House of Victoria

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Address: Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9651 8911
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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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Take a tour this is something every Australian should do.. But great for overseas visitors too great history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take a tour this is something every Australian should do.. But great for overseas visitors too great history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This a beautiful building even if you have no interest in Victoria's politics.Lots of little Fun facts are shared by the guide, and some of them may not give you any more respect for politicians. If you like looking at superb detail in historical buildings this has plenty of it.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour is supposed to take twenty minutes however Mark our tour guide was so enthusiastic and pleasantly knowledgable that he gave us twice that time and delivered one of the best experiences of our visit to Melbourne. The interior of the two chambers is stunning and steeped in opulence and history. This tour is free but I would willingly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Great for tourist spot, historical heritage site, beautiful building inside and outside on the busy road, easy to reach by tram, good for photography.

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Nullagine, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Perched regally on the high end of Bourke St, this is a must go place to visit in Melbourne! The rich 1890's architecture, the gold guilded ceilings to remind Melbourne was once the richest city in the world during the gold rush between 1850-1900, Melbourne was also once the capital of Australia for 26 years! Such precious piece of national... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We only stopped in for the free public tour because the Treasury Building was closed, but it turned to be an interesting and fun tour. Our Australian guide was very energetic, and they let you sit in the members' chairs. Learned more about Australian government than I would have otherwise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Had some time to kill with wife and teenage daughter and thought we'd check out Parliament House as we were staying at this end of town. We were pleasantly surprised that there were free tours. We did the short 30 min version which covered upper and lower houses as well as the grand hall in between. I would suggest the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We did the express tour (20 min) since we had a teenager in tow. The amount of gold used for decoration is amazing & results in a spectacularly beautiful interior. You can sit in the parliamentarians's chairs as well as the Speaker's seat. Really worth a visit & it's free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

This was a fantastic tour. It was a great family orientated activity, the information was well balanced in the history of how the gold rush affected Melbourne's economy and the role of the building today. It is the third most opulent parliament house in the world so every room was stunning to look at. At night time the outside of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Its very popular attraction and they have free parliament guided tour every 30 min. The tour is very interesting and you can get an idea about the procedures they follow in parliament and tourists are allowed to take photos inside parliament rooms.

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