Members’ Dining Room 1


Formerly the Parliament’s billiard room, The Members’ Dining Room 1 is very different in character to the rest of the building with its exposed red brick. It boasts an impressive view of Australian Parliament House, stunning by both day and night, and its own outdoor terrace space that can be used in conjunction with the room, weather permitting.


Direct access from Queen Victoria Terrace is via the driveway and pedestrian bridges; the latter have easy access ramps, and easy access toilets are also at level. A hearing loop is available in this space.

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Originally the room housed three billiard tables and had a rubber floor and four raised viewing platforms. The three ornate metal skylights provided natural light over the tables (a very modern architectural feature for the building’s construction era), which were also lit by lanterns suspended from brass tubes.

The billiards room was converted into an intimate dining room in 1947 so that it could be used along with Members’ Dining Rooms 2 and 3 to create a large banquet hall for special occasions. Another billiard room was established elsewhere in the building. In 1954 the room was further converted into the Members’ Guests Dining Room – that is, a dining room for parliamentarians and their guests.

From our past guests

  • "The staff on the night couldn’t have been more accommodating and helpful! From arriving to set up, the service through the event and getting everyone to exit the event after it finished."
    Private, 30th birthday party, 2018
  • "The team were so helpful and no request was ever to hard or an inconvenience to them. The day and evening run very smoothly and we can't thank them enough for all their hard work and fantastic service! "
    Wine Press, Taste Champagne, 2018
  • "We were extremely happy with the way our conference was run at Old Parliament House and we look forward to coming back to the venue again in the future."
    Commonwealth Bank, Conference, 2018