Strangers Dining Room

Shortly after, in the 1970s, the dining room was opened for Members and their guests and renamed the ‘Strangers’ Dining Room.’ The term ‘stranger’ refers to any person on the parliamentary precinct who is not a Member of Parliament.

The heritage room retains much of its original charm, with early Australian cedar yoke back chairs and interior decorations reflected the late Victorian era of its period of construction, circa the 1890s.

Today the Strangers’ Dining Room is one of the most popular rooms in Parliament House for private events. From 2006 onwards, regular high tea events have been held in the Strangers' Dining Room for members of the public to attend.

It is also the location of Parliament’s Strangers’ Restaurant restaurant which is open to the public for lunch on certain days.