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Few people get to South Australia’s remote Cave Hill, where ancient Anangu rock art depicts part of the epic saga that is the Seven Sisters Creation story. Now, the National Museum of Australia in Canberra is bringing the seldom photographed art to the masses as part of its Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition. In a project involving nine Indigenous community councils, the rock art has been photographed for digital reproduction in an Australian-first high-resolution dome that gives visitors a planetarium-style experience.
The exhibition showcases art from Central Desert and Western Desert communities. Many are sequenced so you can “walk” the Seven Sisters songlines, which, says curator Margo Neale, are the most extensive of the creation tracks that crisscross Australia “like corridors of knowledge”.
“Songlines are the foundational history of this continent,” she says. “We hope visitors will get a deep appreciation and understanding of the songlines that belong to all Australians.”
The exhibition runs from 15 September to 25 February 2018. For more details, visit nma.gov.au.
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Where Aloft Perth in The Springs, a new residential precinct in suburban Rivervale.
Near The CBD and the airport (it’s midway between the two, about five kilometres from each); Perth Stadium (completion due in early 2018); the Crown Perth complex; and cycling and walking paths along the Swan River.
Love The community ethos means this new hotel’s public spaces, packed with designer furniture and bold works by Western Australian artists, are for locals as well as guests. The wi-fi is free for all on the vast, light-filled, open-plan ground floor, which encompasses the hotel lobby, plus a restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar that buzzes on a Friday night with the after-work crowd. There’s even a lap pool (for guests) flanked by sun loungers and striped umbrellas in a summer tableau that’s reminiscent of a resort – never mind that we’re indoors in the suburbs.
Eat In line with the “locals too” philosophy, exorbitantly priced hotel dining gets the heave-ho here. Springs Kitchen neighbourhood eatery, open from 6am, turns WA produce into sophisticated but reasonably priced modern Australian dishes. At dinner, share plates (big ticks for the chicken liver parfait and beetroot, za’atar and crème fraîche dip) are about $15, while main courses range from $27 for gnocchi, which are deliciously light and scattered with sage leaves, mushrooms, goat’s fetta and candied walnuts, to $38 for a Wagyu steak with Béarnaise butter and hand-cut chips. But be warned: they leave little room for desserts such as the meringue sandwich or classic lemon tart.
Rooms There are 224 stylish, spacious loft-inspired rooms (176 kings, 44 twin doubles and four suites) with nods to the location, such as floor-to-ceiling photo murals of Perth city scenes. The one-bedroom Savvy Suite has wonderful wraparound views dominated by the serpentine Swan River and a corner lounge from which to enjoy them. When you tire of the panorama, soak in the tub in the softly-lit bathroom or watch free movies on one of the two 55-inch flatscreen TVs.
Rates From $160 to $450 per night