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Exploring Old Parliament House
This magnificent building was the government seat from 1927 to 1988 and is an important attraction for anyone with an interest in politics. The Old Parliament House can be reached on foot from the city center and serves as a public museum to preserve Australia's political past.
Accommodations near Old Parliament House
Unfairly maligned in the past as a bland political centre, Canberra is shedding its stuffy image and becoming recognised as the gem of a city it truly is. As such it offers a variety of accommodation options from five star hotels to more budget options. Recommended accommodation include the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Hotel Kurrajong Canberra and Hotel Realm.
Sightseeing near Old Parliament House
Located to the south of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Library of Australia contains a collection of more than five million books. Bookworms will want to visit on Thursdays, when a special complimentary guided tour is conducted.
The country’s largest art museum is home to a mind-blowing collection of over 166,000 works of art. As you might imagine, there’s a strong emphasis on Australian art, but there's also a good selection of European and American masterpieces, with work from all-time greats such as Monet, Cézanne, Warhol, and Francis Bacon.
Transportation near Old Parliament House
Canberra International Airport is handily located minutes away from the city centre. It’s well served by flights from other major Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth. Taxis are readily available once you land, and an Airport Express shuttle bus runs in the daytime. You may want to consider hiring a car for your trip, as Canberra is very much a driving city. That said, there are also frequent and reliable bus services covering most major sights and attractions.