A cul­tural trip to Can­berra.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - edited by Han­nah James

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.

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