The Tourism News experimented to see how much parking would cost for the average manager attending a function at each Australian capital city’s state parliament houses, 9am-12pm on a Monday. The information is correct at 20th Nov 2012.
To get even results, we used Google Maps and the address of Parliament House to imitate how state visitors’ admin staff would realistically collect information on convenient parking.
Sydney – $59 for 3+ hours @Sydney Eye Hospital Metro Parking
Perth $25 for 3-4 hours @Wilson Parking (225 St. Georges Terrace)
4 – 5 hours $29.00. 5 – 6 hours $32.00
Melbourne $59 for 3-4 hours @Melbourne Parkade (55 Bourke St)
Hobart: NO DATA AVAILABLE TO GOOGLE
When searching the term ‘parking Hobart Parliament House’ the first time the keyword ‘parking’ is used in the immediate area around parliament house is in a review for Customs House Waterfront Hotel:
“Positive: Good location right near Parliament House, Constitution Dock, and Salamanca Place. . Negative: There is no on-site parking whatsoever…”
The lesson? If you want to be found by search enginees, mention features on your website.
Darwin – Free @The Mitchell Centr, Knuckey St between Mitchell St and The Esplanade.
Free for three hours, small fee for hours thereafter.
Canberra – Free Canberra Parliament House Underground Car Park
Visitors are able to use a large underground carpark as well as extensive surface carpark areas between Parliament House and the Old Parliament House, all of which is free.
Brisbane $60 for 3+ hours Brisbane Wilson Parking (129 Margaret St)
Adelaide $13 for 2+ hours The Terrace (124-126 Hindley St)
2+ hours $13.00