A cultural trip to Canberra.
Too often overshadowed by the antics of its parliamentarian inhabitants, there’s far more to Canberra than being home to the federal corridors of power. With its unparalleled mix of galleries, museums and cafes, the nation’s capital is giving the major cities of the eastern seaboard a serious run for their money when it comes to culture. Lighting up the city until March 12 is the annual Enlighten festival, which sees projections cast onto iconic buildings, while a literal embarrassment of riches can be experienced at the Versailles exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia until April 17.
At once both cool, thanks to its sleek design, and warm, standouts on the menu at MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR and pulled lamb shoulder; monsterkitchen.com.au.
Located in the heart of the city, NOVOTEL CANBERRA is only a short stroll from the main shopping centre and bustling cafe strip; novotelcanberra.com.au.
More than 130 gilded French heirlooms are on display at VERSAILLES: TREASURES FROM
THE PALACE. You can even view the exhibition till late on March 10, glass of bubbles in hand; nga.gov.au/versailles.
The impeccably maintained COCKINGTON GREEN GARDENS showcase detailed cockingtongreen.com.au.
If your child thinks galleries are boring, they haven’t experienced NGA PLAY, a free haven for mini art lovers; nga.gov.au/ngaplay.