Private Dining Room 2

Private Dining Room 2 flaunts beautiful original 1927 wallpaper on its walls which helps separate the room from our other spaces in the building. It features its own bar space and kitchen, formally used to cater for the Prime Minister’s private dining. With a view of the Australian Parliament House and access to the Queen Victoria Terrace, this space is ideal for any event.

 

Access

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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History

What we now refer to as Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2 witnessed many additions, modifications and reconfigurations during the 61 years that parliament was in this building. These rooms are perfect examples of how growth in the numbers of people working in the building caused a remarkable amount of change to the building as it struggled to accommodate everyone.

Originally, there were two Private Dining Rooms and the Senior Officer’s Dining Room that fit into both these spaces. The senior officers included the clerks of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Gradually the wing was extended eastwards to create more room. Between the 1940s to the 1980s the precinct featured a staff dining room, a servery (a room used for the preparation and serving of food other than a kitchen), a cocktail bar, a billiards room, a set of Special Dining Rooms (including used by the Prime Minister privately at times), and a Committee Room.

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