Explore what it means to be Australian at the National Gallery of Australia – home to the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. Park undercover then make your way into the gallery to delve into the different levels of contemporary, Pacific and Asian artworks. Take extra time to walk amongst the stunning Fern Garden and James Turrell’s Skyspace.
Head across the road to the National Portrait Gallery where you can come face-to-face with Australia’s identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity. Grab a bite to eat and rest your legs at the Portrait Café.
For another dose of art in the form of activations and public space projects, drive 10 minutes to aMBUSH Gallery within the Kambri precinct of the Australian National University. Above Harry Hartog’s bookstore, the gallery hosts diverse exhibitions within its light-filled industrial space.
For something a bit different, hop back in the car and head to the Gallery of Small Things, tucked away on Wade Street in Watson. Special exhibitions profile local artists across all forms and mediums. Purchase precious items from the shop.
Finish the afternoon with an introspective moment at the Australian War Memorial. At 4.55pm each afternoon, you can listen to a moving Last Post Ceremony, with stories of those on the Roll of Honour.
For a paddock-to-plate meal to remember, book a table at Pialligo Estate’s Pavilion. The stunning estate is located out towards the Canberra Airport at Pialligo, with beautiful views of the vineyards and Canberra’s skyline.
Drive to NewActon to stay at the impressive Ovolo Nishi, with its soft, moody and artistic vibes.
Click here to book dinner at Pialligo Estate.