Canberrans can now enjoy a range of take-away high tea packages from Australian Parliament House this October using a click and collect (click-n-collect) method of delivery.

It will soon be possible to experience fine dining at home or enjoy a picnic outdoors (al fresco) using this novel catering method.

Spring High Tea enthusiasts may pre-order now to enjoy sweet and savoury selections for this al fresco high tea. According to the APF caterers, it is also possible to include a bottle of wine with your high tea experience for an additional price.

The al fresco high teas run between 11am and 2pm on Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th (a public holiday), Saturday 9th, and Sunday 10th October 2021.

The Location

Contactless pick up is available from Australian Parliament House public carpark, Parliament Drive, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

The organizer for the caterers advises to drive down to the basement car park and follow the APH catering signs to the click-n-collect area. The Spring High Tea order will be fulfilled upon presentation of the appropriate menu receipt.

Further details on this catering initiative are listed at

High Tea for 2 = $60.

High Tea for 3 = $90.

Add a bottle of local wine to your catering experience = $35.

The Menu

The Parliament House caterers strive to accommodate guests with food allergies. If you have a food sensitivity or food intolerance, then don’t despair.

Some of the items on the menu are suitable for (v) vegan and (lg) low gluten eaters. Hopefully, the menu will tempt you to try the al fresco high tea soon.

  • APH vegemite scroll (v)
  • Three Mills lemon myrtle cucumber finger sandwich (v)
  • Macadamia rosella scone (v), APH jam (lg, vegan), vanilla whipped cream (lg, v)
  • Wattle seed lamington
  • Passionfruit Portuguese tart (v)
  • Pavlova roulade, Davidson plumb (lg)
  • APH chocolate honeycomb (lg)
  • Messina chocolate dipped strawberries (lg).

The Terms and Conditions

Please note:  the caterers do not provide tea or coffee as part of this Spring High Tea package. As a regular tea drinker, this is the one glitch found in the catering offering.

A simple, take-away disposable cup of tea with milk (and sugar on the side) provided by the caterers would be most welcome. Tea-to-go is a great gift to arrange for an avid tea-consumer.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Spring High Tea offer, please contact the APH events team on telephone (02) 6277 5202 or send them an e-mail at *

In line with COVID Safe practices, please follow the measures listed below when visiting APH:

  • Use the Check-in CBR app to check-in.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • If you do not feel well, please do not visit APH.

*At other times (when out of lockdown), to book and enjoy a high tea, please email or telephone 02-6277 5239.

Any feedback could be emailed to the Café management at:


Text copyright: Fiona Rothchilds and the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS), Australian Parliament House, 2021.
Photograph credit and copyright: courtesy of DPS, Australian Parliament House, 2021.
Uploaded: 30 September 2021.

See my other blogs on High Tea stories starting with “Scones, jam and cream are my favourite daydream”, 22 August 2021. That blog has recipes and links to other food stories.