Parliament House Sydney

The historical Parliament House in Sydney is partially comprised of the city's oldest public building

Parliament House in Sydney at Night
Parliament House in Sydney at Night cc licensed photo by Adam.J.W.C.

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.

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.

If you are unable to join one of the monthly tours you can still see a much of the inside of Parliament House in an online virtual tour at //www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/web/common.nsf/key/VirtualTour.

Nearby attractions: Hyde Park, Hyde Park Barracks, Royal Botanic Gardens, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Sydney.

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Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9231 8111

Official Website: Parliament House Sydney

Directions

Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2, T3Circular Quay6 minutes
T4Martin Place1 minute
FerryCircular Quay6 Minutes

How to get to Parliament House Sydney by

By Train: From Martin Place Station exit to the east and head left (north) on Macquarie Street (1 minute) or from Circular Quay proceed west on Alfred Street then left on Albert Street and right on Macquarie Street (6 minutes).

By Ferry: Follow the above directions from Circular Quay.

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