Canberra is a three-hour drive from Sydney and a seven-hour drive from Melbourne, both via the Hume Highway. Qantas and Virgin Australia operate flights to the city from five mainland cities and the Gold Coast.
Hotel Hotel has packages including lodgings and tickets to see the James Turrell exhibition, from $245 a night. New Acton Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra Ph (02) 6287 6287, hotel-hotel.com.au
QT Canberra rooms from $145. 1 London Circuit, Canberra, Ph (02) 6247 6244.
Hotel Kurrajong rooms from $169. 8 National Circuit, Barton.
Monster on the ground floor of Hotel Hotel, open 6.30am to 1am, (02) 6287 6287.
A. Baker at New Acton Pavilion Unit 2, 15 Edinburgh Ave, (02) 6287 6150.
Capitol Bar & Grill at QT Canberra, (02) 6247 6244.
Mochan & Green Grout at 1/19 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra, (02) 6162 2909.