A rare behind-the-scenes look at Australian Parliament’s design, art and architecture.
The heart of Australian parliamentary democracy and the meeting place of a nation, Australian Parliament House offers visitors to Canberra a unique experience.
Architecturally impressive, its design was chosen from more than 320 entries to an international competition. Australian Parliament House was designed to encourage public access and involvement, while responding to the Australian climate, landscape, vegetation, and even the quality of the light.
The forecourt reflects Australia’s ancient beginnings, with a 196-square-metre mosaic, designed by Aboriginal artist Michael Nelson Jagamara. Inside, there is a stunning art collection to be explored and the extraordinary Great Hall Tapestry, designed by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd, it took fourteen full-time weavers more than two years to complete.
Visitors can also be part of democracy in action as they watch Question Time on their visit to Australian Parliament House.