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Old Parliament House was built only as the provisional home for Federal politicians. However, the building continued to be used from its opening in 1927 until 1988 when Parliament House was opened. The Commonwealth Architect J S Murdoch designed a building of simple lines "decorous and embellished internally with restraint".

Today the building brings Australia's fascinating political history to life with free guided tours. Visitors can take an exciting journey through the landmark events that shaped the nation.

Old Parliament House is also home to the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery exhibits some of Australia's most famous faces ranging from film and music stars to sporting stars, politicians and many others who helped shape Australia.

The Old Parliament House Gardens provide a beautiful place to walk or sit when visiting. The National Capital Authority has returned the Gardens to their 1930s glory.

There is a café, and gift shop, tours and functions and exhibitions are held regularly. Open daily 9.00am-5.00pm (closed Christmas Day). Phone 02 6270 8222. King George Terrace, Parkes.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:53