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The Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra

Parliament House offers versatile and impressive event and function spaces. These spaces can cater for events of all sizes, from intimate dinners for 20 guests to large gala events for 1,000 attendees. Graced with grand artwork and striking architecture, Parliament House enhances the experience of every event to make it one that your guests will not soon forget.

Parliament House offers the Great Hall and Marble Foyer or Mural Hall for larger-scale functions, whilst the Private Dining Rooms, Senate and House of Representatives Alcoves provide the perfect space for smaller private business meetings or intimate dinners.

Catering and event support for all functions within Parliament House is provided by the Department of Parliamentary Services' dedicated team of event management professionals, APH Catering and Events.

APH Catering and Events is proud to source premium ingredients from the nation’s finest producers and provide exceptional culinary services to complement this special location and your distinctive event.

This outstanding team of catering and event experts would be delighted to assist with your next event. To find out more, or book your next function, please email us or call 02 6277 8000

Find out more about our function spaces


Contact APH Catering and Events

The APH Catering and Events Team would be delighted to assist with your next event. To find out more, or to book your next function, please email us or call 02 6277 8000.

Dining tables set up in the Great Hall

Great Hall

The prestigious Great Hall is one of Australia’s most impressive settings. This venue is perfect for high-profile dinners and gala events, with a soaring ceiling and polished wood floors against a backdrop of the famous Arthur Boyd tapestry. 

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Dimensions

40 x 28.1 m

Capacity

Banquet 600
Cocktail 1000
Theatre 1000
Entrance to the Queen's Terrace Cafe

Queen’s Terrace, Gallery and Café

The Queen’s Terrace Café, outdoor terrace and gallery are an unmatched venue for a cocktail celebration or dinner. Located on the first floor of Parliament House, this venue provides unequalled views from the pinnacle of the Parliamentary Triangle, which is sure to impress your guests. These spectacular views include Lake Burley Griffin, Old Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial.

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Dimensions

Terrace: 20.4 x 20.4 metres
Gallery: 20.5 x 13.2 metres
Café: 20.4 x 20.4 metres

Capacity

Terrace
Cocktail 160
Boardroom 20 (2 long tables of 10 each)
Gallery
Banquet 60
Cocktail 90
Café
Banquet 100
Cocktail 150
Boardroom 56 (2 long tables of 28 each)

Ceramic murals behind dining tables set up in the Mural Hall.

Mural Hall

Located directly under the iconic flag mast, the Mural Hall is a matchless event space for special events. Adorned with large ceramic murals depicting a river’s journey from mountain to sea, the Mural Hall is a spacious, hollow square layout with abundant natural light. This discreet and peaceful space provides an elegant setting for any occasion.

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Dimensions

Mural Hall Area A or B (1 side only): 25 x 5 metres
Mural Hall (2 sides combined): 25 x 5 metres

Capacity

Mural Hall Area A or B (1 side only)
Banquet 120
Cocktail 150
Theatre 120
Mural Hall (2 sides combined)
Banquet 240
Cocktail 340
Theatre 280

Dining tables set up in the Senate Alcove

Alcoves

The alcoves feature floor to ceiling windows that provide beautiful views of Canberra. These private and comfortable annexes are ideal for small meetings and seminars as well as cocktail parties and intimate dinners. 

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Dimensions

Dame Dorothy Tangney Alcove: 18.3 x 6.3 metres
Dame Enid Lyons Alcove: 18.3 x 6.3 metres

Capacity

Dame Dorothy Tangney Alcove
Banquet 80
Cocktail 80
Theatre 80
Classroom 24
U-shape 20
Hollow 32
Boardroom 30
Dame Enid Lyons Alcove
Banquet 80
Cocktail 80
Theatre 80
Classroom 24
U-shape 20
Hollow 32
Boardroom 30
Guests seated in the Theatre.. A presenter stands on the stage in front of a large projector screen.

Theatrette and foyer

The theatrette is an excellent venue for presentations, conferences and film screenings, offering fully tiered seating. The adjoining foyer provides the ideal area for conference registration and cocktail parties.

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Dimensions

Theatrette: 288 seats
Foyer: 13 x 11.5 metres

Capacity

Theatrette
Theatre 288 seats
Theatre foyer
Cocktail 120
Dining tables set up in one of the Private Dining rooms featuring a stained glassed window at the end.

Private Dining Rooms

The Private Dining rooms, as their name suggests, are private and intimate venues. Perfect for small meetings, business lunches and formal dinners, each of the dining rooms are available individually or combined as one single room.

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Dimensions

1 room only: 8.5 x 4.8 metres
2 rooms combined: 18.4 x 6.2 metres
3 rooms combined: 27.8 x 6.2 metres

Capacity

1 room only
Banquet 30
Cocktail 50
Theatre 40
Classroom 20
U-shape 15
Hollow 20
Boardroom 22
2 rooms combined
Banquet 60
Cocktail 80
Theatre 80
Classroom 30
U-shape 34
Hollow 34
Boardroom 40
3 rooms combined
Banquet 100
Cocktail 150
Theatre 150
Classroom 60
U-shape 60
Hollow 60
Boardroom 60
A water feature runs through the lawns of the Formal Gardens which is surrounded by flower beds.

The Formal Gardens

Located on the eastern side of Parliament House, the Formal Gardens feature a vibrant display of seasonal annuals with approximately 3,500 plants that surround a traditional water feature.

This public venue can be used for daytime events and is perfect for a wedding or gathering.

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