Anyone with an interest in historic and architecturally significant buildings will definitely want to visit this famous Sydney landmark located on Macquarie Street.
Parliament House is home to the Parliament of New South Wales. It is a two storey Georgian style building with a colonnaded veranda. The original portion is Sydney's oldest public building. Neo-classic additions were subsequently added to both sides to serve as parliamentary chambers.
The oldest part of the building was originally the northern wing of the hospital. It was built under the direction of Governor Macquarie using convict labour and funding from the importing of rum, thus it was nicknamed the 'Rum Hospital'. First occupied by the Chief Surgeon, it was later utilized for law courts and then in 1829 the Legislative Council began to hold meetings on the lower floor. Over time, the needs of the expanding parliament took over the building and required further additions, the latest occurring in 1970.
A major restoration project of the older portions began in 1974. The project was completed in 1985 with a complete restoration of the parliamentary chambers to appear as close as possible to what they were like in 1892.
Hours: You can view the outside at anytime, however public tours are only held on the first Thursday of each month at 1pm. There is no charge for these. Parliament House is also open to the public on Australia Day - January 26th.
Website: Parliament House
Address: Parliament of New South Wales, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Nearby attractions: Hyde Park, Hyde Park Barracks, Royal Botanic Gardens, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Sydney
|Getting There on Transit|
|Monorail / Train / Bus||Station||Walking Time|
|Monorail||City Centre Station||12 minutes|
|Train or Ferry||Martin Place or Circular Quay Station||1 or 12 minutes|
By Monorail: exit at City Centre Station and go left (north) on Pitt Street then right on Martin Place then left on Macquarie Street (12 minutes)
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