Appreciate Australian architecture
Explore one of the world’s most architecturally acclaimed buildings, Parliament House, where the decisions affecting the nation are made. This extraordinary building on Capital Hill offers much to explore and enjoy; take a lift up to the roof of the building for panoramic views of Canberra, join a tour of the beautifully landscaped gardens, and enjoy the renowned collection of Australian contemporary art.
See Australia’s highest court of appeal in a striking building that features a seven-storey high public hall. When the High Court of Australia is in session, visitors can observe from the public gallery if seating is available. Guides are on hand to give tailored tours explaining court procedures, the building’s architecture and special design features. The Brutalist style of the building, which was designed by Edwards Madigan Torzillo and Briggs and opened in 1980, is one for the architecture buffs.
Visit the beautiful heritage building that was Canberra’s original General Post Office and discover the secrets and events that helped shape our nation. The National Archives of Australia houses significant holdings of photographs, maps, films, play scripts, musical scores and sound recordings including Australia’s ‘birth certificate’ — Queen Victoria’s Royal Commission of Assent. The collection of millions of items covers records about immigration, the military, Indigenous Australians, science and more.