Next Departure Date: 10 Dec 2021
Member Price (per person): $175
Non Member Price (per person): $195
Tour Duration: 1 Day
Built in the 1920s, Old Parliament House is a beautiful national heritage-listed building and a treasured icon. Designed by John Smith Murdoch, Australia’s first federal parliament house still displays many original 1927 furniture and fittings. The building is a rare intact example of inter war stripped classical architecture and as our first federal parliament house, provides an authentic experience and spirit of place. Every part of the building tells a story – today we will walk in the footsteps of politicians, prime ministers and royalty. Feel the power, sitting in the seats of the men and women who debated ideas that became the laws of our nation in the House of Representatives. Discover some of Bob Hawke’s secrets on a visit to Prime Minister’s office and something special exclusive to the Potter Travel Club – go behind the scenes to view the heritage kitchen area where hundreds of special menus were created for banquets along with the hundreds of meals prepared daily to feed the population of the Parliament House. We’ll enjoy a 2-course luncheon today with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival at Hoi Polloi. The restaurant occupies a space historically utilised as the Non-Members’ Bar during the Parliamentary period 1927–1988. It was an infamous haunt for staffers, media and service workers alike, and now a venue steeped in history and secrets. The beautiful red leather chairs, along with the tables, cabinets and other furniture in the restaurant, are original to the building and are now heritage-listed. After lunch be prepared for Question Time in the House Of Representatives and your chance to earn bragging rights, along with a small memento of our visit, by coming up with the right answers in a one-of-a-kind fun trivia quiz.