Less than one year ago, the only people who could host events inside NSW Parliament were Members of Parliament.
Among their guest lists were members of the Royal Family, visiting dignitaries and consul representatives – only the most highly esteemed guests.
Fast forward to today, Australia’s oldest parliament is open to all and is becoming a popular CBD spot to host corporate events and meetings in a truly special setting.
Built in the early 1800s, NSW Parliament has a rich history within its walls.
Among the heritage rooms available for events is the Strangers’ Room, the largest event space with capacity for up to 800 in cocktail style and garden views, the Jubilee Room, with book-lined walls and an ornate stained-glass ceiling, and Members’ Dining Room, an exclusive space usually reserved for members.
Other spaces available to hire includes meeting rooms, boardrooms, private dining spaces and a theatrette – each with their own characteristics and historic charm.
NSW Parliament Catering embraces the opportunity to celebrate local produce and aims to source food and wine only from New South Wales.
Executive chef Vanessa Harcourt is passionate about bringing local produce to the plate, and her menus feature the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from sustainable suppliers.
Among the many local delicacies on her menus, you may find Central Coast figs and finger limes, Clarence River prawns and Leppington burrata.
From Monday to Friday on days when Parliament is not sitting, Strangers’ Restaurant is open to the public, giving diners the rare opportunity to experience fine dining at NSW Parliament.
For meetings and events, NSW Parliament Catering can tailor food and beverage packages to suit your delegates, such as high tea, canapés, multi-course seated dinners or working-style lunches.
Events with character
As one of the oldest buildings in the state, NSW Parliament is full of historic spaces and hidden gems that make for a memorable event, whether it be a conference, meeting, exhibition, awards night, luncheon or product launch.
The spaces are available to hire on non-sitting days of Parliament and can host events of up to 1200 people.
Its central location just minutes away from Martin Place, high quality menus and flexible spaces make NSW Parliament the ideal location for your next event.
Full day conference packages start from $75 per person.