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High Court of Australia

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Address: Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6270 6811
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Amazing building.

Walked in from Lake Burley Griffin side, building looked huge but bland. After checking our bags in we were given a quick run down on what was happening on that day in court. Had... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in from Lake Burley Griffin side, building looked huge but bland. After checking our bags in we were given a quick run down on what was happening on that day in court. Had the option to sit in on a hearing. Inside the building the construction is amazing, lovely art, along with amazing acoustics. The staff were friendly and... More 

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Thank Linda W
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very formal place to visit but the staff made us feel welcome and answered all our questions. Good (or bad?) to see where our taxes are going!

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Thank Geoffrey S
Beenleigh, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Were able to see the outside plaza which is great but unfortunately could not get inside - a pity. I think it is only open to the public on certain days so best to check first.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I'm a bit of a criminal justice fanatic so was interested to come here. The building itself is stunning, bright, light and airy. So different from the court rooms we're used to in the UK. The guides were very interesting to talk to.

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Thank SarahS4
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Because we were very close after visiting the Portrait Gallery we visited the High Court. The guides really brought the courts to life explaining the differences and how important the High Court is to the Australian Constitution. Very interesting to see, so glad we went.

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Thank GailJC
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Just as the title says, I didn’t realise the High Court of Australia was open to visitors – but it is. Positioned between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, the High Court of Australia is an interesting building to visit. It is an austere building with some lovely art works – the sculptured doors to the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Magnificent architecture and an excellent guided tour. Unfortunately, the court was not in session, but it enabled us to get more info and ask questions that would not be possible otherwise. The guides for each of the 3 courtrooms were excellent and although it is not really suitable for young children, it would be worthwhile trying to visit when a... More 

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Thank Alan H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Shhhh, the whole building just seems to ask you to keep the noise down. We did and we weren't even on trial...hehe . It seems to have been designed to keep your eyes moving and finding new details everywhere. Nice place to visit, without a judge..hehe

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Thank Alan D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Sadly the day I went (a Saturday) it was closed and I was unable to get in the building. However, even from the outside its fantastic to look at. I believe they run free tours in the Court, and its accessible beside the galleries, old parliament house etc - easy parking etc.

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Thank Davowhytee
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Interesting building very open to the public. Went on a Sunday so only 1 court was open, but there was someone on hand to provide a brief overview of the building and the portraits. Free lunchtime classical concert on a Sunday was fantastic too.

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