Known to locals as the Bear Pit, the New South Wales Parliament is said to be the roughest, toughest parliament in the country.
Its impressive sandstone home was built between 1811 and 1814 as the northern wing of the Rum Hospital, but was commandeered in 1829 to house the new colony’s decision makers.
Only the Legislative Assembly (lower house) existed until 1850s, when the parliament became bicameral.
The Legislative Council (upper house) meets in a building that was originally intended for use as a church; the cast-iron prefab was being shipped from Glasgow to Victoria when it was diverted mid-voyage to Sydney.
The parliament is largely modelled on its mother in London: there’s a Speaker and Black Rod, and even the colour scheme follows the British tradition of green for the lower chamber and red for the upper chamber.
Legislative sessions are open to the general public, with viewing from a public gallery. Booking is essential for the guided tours.
|Venue name:||Parliament House||Contact:|
Opposite Hunter Street
6 Macquarie St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; closed public holidays|
|Transport:||Nearby CityRail stations: Martin Place and St James|
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Christmas in July at Parliament House
Sydney's own Parliament House will be throwing open its doors this winter to host a special Christmas in July pop-up. You'll get the chance to peak inside the regal quarters of Parliament House and enjoy a lavish yuletide-inspired lunch within the heritage...Cafés Until Friday July 28 2017
High Tea at Parliament House
This monthly high tea will be giving you the chance to peak inside the regal quarters of Parliament House. Enjoy a dainty afternoon tea of Berkshire pork terrine with fennel, blue swimmer crab cake, macadamia scones with vanilla cream and house jam and...Cafés Friday July 28 2017 - Friday December 15 2017