Situated between the Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin is the Old Parliament House in the capital city of Australia. Initially, this building was built to serve as a temporary parliament house, but the government ended up staying in this house from the year 1927 all the way to 1988. The Old Parliament House of Canberra was designed by John Smith Murdoch, who was the first architect of the Commonwealth government and has the striped classical’ style which was very common among government building back in the 1920s and 30s.
Today, the significance of the Old Parliament House lies in the cultural and social values of Australian people that this building is a symbol of. This House is a museum of Australia’s political heritage and democracy and is thus a very popular tourist destination. The Old Parliament House is open to the public everyday from 9 am to 5 pm and visitors can either join a guided tour of the entire house or have a self-tour of the house navigating with the help of maps, and information sheets provided all along the way. This is one tour visitors should not miss out as it tells the story of Australia’s political history and offers a lot of interesting information about the amazing country.
Old Parliament House, Canberra
Address: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Opened: May 9, 1927