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“Just don't order the prawns !!”

Australian Parliament House
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$135.85*
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Canberra Day Trip from Sydney
Ranked #2 of 215 things to do in Canberra
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Owner description: The home of Australia's Parliament and the meeting place of a nation, Australian Parliament House offers visitors to Canberra a unique experience.
Wollongong, Australia
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“Just don't order the prawns !!”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Loved Parliament House itself...underground parking is excellent and it's great looking around the place.... really interesting for our adult group. The shop has a good range of souvenirs for all price ranges and the restaurant is pleasant enough, especially the outdoor area which has excellent views towards the War Memorial. The food itself however was overpriced and average. The bbq prawns reached a real low point - 5 odd-tasting prawns on an undressed bed of fresh sprouts,mushy mango slices and tomato offcuts ....eeergh !

Visited March 2013
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“Celebrate our democracy in action”
Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Option of tour with guide but we preferred to wander on our own. Sensational architecture - but also amazing to be able to see the workings of government (such as they are) up close and personal. Loved that we could take a leisurely stroll on the room - pretty awesome!!! We were there on a quiet day (public holiday) - imagine could be pretty overrun on a regular day

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Sydney, Australia
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“How Does our Parliament Work”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Wonderful facility, beautiful architecture with poor behaviour and bad language from the serving government- Remove them and you would have a vast improvement- allowing children to visit and see responsible behaviour!

Visited June 2012
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Pomona, Queensland, Australia
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“Great to see the insides of our Parliament Buildings”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Parliament Buildings are really set out very cool - certainly not done by our parliamentarians - it is a beautiful overview of the history about the Australian government. Heaps of great paintings, interesting facts and you are able to have a look where the government comes together as we normally see on TV.

Visited October 2012
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Kingston SE, Australia
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“Watch the monkeys perform, but please sir, take off your shoes.”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

I must be a masochist! I love politics and what better place to delve into the psyche of the Australian political landscape than Federal Question time? Great theatre, if nothing else.

The building on the hill (Mk II) is as imposing as it is eclectic, with the foyer (after stage 1 of security) being a mash of cream, red and green marbles, a finish more expected of an italian renaissance villa than our house of power. The great hall is dark and brooding when not lit and only the immense tapestry, made in Australia to a design of Arthur Boyd's receives the attention of the spotlights.

Entry into the chambers when sitting requires passing through a second security screen all shoes, belts etc are to be removed and again we pass through the metal detector. This done, you're more than welcome to proceed into one of the public galleries and observe respectfully (no booing, leaning forward or other such unbecoming behvaiour; leave that to the pollies) Laughing is allowed, almost a requisite given the statements made at times, on either side of the house.

Parking can be hard to get under the house, especially if parliament is sitting but again I managed to drop right near the elevator to the entrance and then luckily score a park about 100m away, still undercover, all for free.

A fun afternoon, if you're into that kind of thing.

Visited February 2013
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