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Free Tours of Parliament House

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
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Tour the Corridors of Power
South Australia's Parliament House has an imposing frontage on the corner of North Terrace and King William Road. Excellent views of Parliament House can also be obtained from the Festival Centre. Yet how many South Australians can say they have seen inside this major landmark?

Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots
Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots


This building is the centre of our state political system and has public gallery for visitors to view parliamentary proceedings. The world of party politics can be full of fireworks and argy bargy or crushingly boring. But policies are being debated, with reforms contemplated and questions asked and it is worth seeing the whole process in action.

Lower House. Parliament House, South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots
Lower House. Parliament House, South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots


The building itself was built to replace the adjacent and overcrowded Parliament House, now referred to as "Old Parliament House". The current building was completed over many decades due to to financial constraints. The full building process took over 65 years from 1874 to 1939. Quite a time over run!

Main entrance Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots
Main entrance Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots


A design competition was commissioned for the new building. A design by Adelaide architect Edmund Wright and his partner Lloyd Taylor was selected the winner. It features a Greek Revival design with the large imposing and ornate columns of the Corinthian order. The ornate columns are an architectural feature in the interiors and exterior of this formidable building.

Ornate celling, Lower House. Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots
Ornate celling, Lower House. Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots


Free Tours of Parliament House
As part of the About Time History Festival the public is being given the opportunity to tour this heritage building. Tours will run in May 2015 on Monday 18th to Friday 22nd and Monday 25th to 29th, 10am and 2pm. Enter via the centre steps public entrance 5 to 10 minutes before tour is due to start. Security scans, similar to the airport, are required. The tours are free and last approximately 45 minutes. Bookings are required for groups only.

Greek Revival design. Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots
Greek Revival design. Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots

Tour the Corridors of Power – Photo Jenny Esots
Tour the Corridors of Power – Photo Jenny Esots


There are many stories to be told from these rooms, corridors and seats of power. Why not take the opportunity to see this hidden piece of our heritage that was so long in the making. Further details on Parliament House tours here

Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots
Parliament House South Australia – Photo Jenny Esots

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Why? Our Hidden Heritage
When: Tours will run in May 2015 on Monday 18th to Friday 22nd and Monday 25th to 29th, 10am and 2pm
Where: Corner of North Terrace and King William Road, Adelaide
Cost: Free entry
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Real educational. Great pics
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