Senate Courtyard


The Senate Courtyard is a stunning outdoor space, bright and spacious, boasting an original timber pergola. Two impressive poplar trees provide shade, grown from cuttings off the original trees planted by the Duke of York in 1927. Two original fountains are situated to the left and right sides of the pergola, adding to the atmosphere.

The courtyard is a secluded area reminiscent of a secret garden, and lends itself beautifully to wedding and graduation ceremonies, as well as alfresco cocktails and dinners.

The space is not undercover and thus is only suitable for certain times of events, weather permitting. A wet weather back-up venue must be booked in order to obtain use of this space.


Access to the Senate Courtyard is either through the wet weather back-up venue (usually one of the Members’ Dining Rooms via Queen Victoria Terrace) or through the front entrance of the Museum on King George Terrace (via the lower Museum galleries).

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