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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.

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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Dining tables set up in the Great Hall

Capacity guide

Room name Dimensions (metres) Theatre Boardroom Banquet Cocktail party
Great Hall 40 x 28.1 220 - 160 260

Queen’s Terrace 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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Entrance to the Queen's Terrace Cafe

Capacity guide

Room name Dimensions (metres) Theatre Boardroom Banquet Cocktail party
Queen’s Terrace Café 20.4 x 20.4 36 28 (2 tables of 14) 28 (7 tables of 4) 70

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

Capacity guide

Room name Dimensions (metres) Theatre Boardroom Banquet Cocktail party
Mural Hall Area A 25 x 5 39 - 24 50
Mural Hall Area B 25 x 5 39 - 24 50

Dame Dorothy Tangney Alcove and Dame Enid Lyons Alcove

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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Dining tables set up in the Senate Alcove

Capacity guide

Room name Dimensions (metres) Theatre Board room Banquet Cocktail party
Dame Dorothy Tangney Alcove 18.3 x 6.3 24 12 20 30
Dame Enid Lyons Alcove 18.3 x 6.3 20 12 16 30

Theatre and Theatre Foyer

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

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Guests seated in the Theatre.. A presenter stands on the stage in front of a large projector screen.

Capacity guide

Room name Dimensions (metres) Theatre Boardroom Banquet Cocktail party
Theatre 12 x 5 stage area 53 (+ 10 on stage) - - -
Theatre foyer 13 x 11.5 - - - 25

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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Dining tables set up in one of the Private Dining rooms featuring a stained glassed window at the end.

Capacity guide

Room name Dimensions (metres) Theatre Boardroom Banquet Cocktail party
Private Dining room 1 8.5 x 4.8      12 8 8 12
Private Dining room 2 8.5 x 4.8 12 8 8 12
Private Dining room 4 8.5 x 4.8 12 8 8 12
 Private Dining room 5 5.6 x 11.4
8 - 8 10
Private Dining rooms 1 and 2 combined 18.4 x 6.2 24 14 16 25
Private Dining rooms 1 and 4 combined 18.4 x 6.2 24 14 16 25
Private Dining rooms 1, 2 and 4 combined 27.8 x 6.2 36 22 24 35

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.

Formal Gardens factsheet (PDF, 125 KB)
Application to use the Formal Gardens (Word, 449 KB)

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A water feature runs through the lawns of the Formal Gardens which is surrounded by flower beds.
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