OLD PAR­LIA­MENT HOUSE

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - SHORT BREAK -

trav­ellers a lux­u­ri­ous place to stay. This savvy bou­tique prop­erty boasts a bo­hemian edge with almost ev­ery­thing, from the ar­ti­san tiles on a lobby wall to the glasses in the bar, sourced from a team of more than 50 artists and de­sign­ers.

The new 99-room ho­tel, be­tween Lake Bur­ley Grif­fin and the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity, has a va­ri­ety of cosy rooms with some look­ing across the wa­ter and oth­ers peer­ing Don’t let the “old’’ in Old Par­lia­ment House put you off. The build­ing that once ac­com­mo­dated Aus­tralia’s politi­cians and now home to the dy­namic Mu­seum of Aus­tralian Democ­racy, al­ways of­fers some­thing new with week­end high tea just one de­light­ful event on a sea­sonal cal­en­dar.

Fam­ily ac­tion packs send chil­dren on a hunt through the gar­dens, the Zine Lounge gives teens space to work on a project or just chill, Jelly Days in­vites pro­fes­sion­als to make Old Par­lia­ment House an of­fice for the day, and the tem­po­rary Happy and Glo­ri­ous ex­hi­bi­tion marks the an­niver­sary of Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 1954 visit. with the open­ing of Afghanistan: the Aus­tralian Story. The ex­hibit has con­tem­po­rary au­dio­vi­sual dis­plays telling the tale of our troops’ re­cent wartime ex­pe­ri­ence.

This year also marks the be­gin­ning of the memo­rial’s Great War cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions with Anzac Voices, a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing writ­ten records col­lected from the first An­zacs, in place un­til Novem­ber when

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