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Spend day one settling in and exploring Canberra. Consider a visit to the National Arboretum, where 94 forests of rare and symbolic trees are planted across 250 hectares of rolling hills, and take in the stunning vistas of the city about to be uncovered.
On day two, start with an engaging private morning tour of one of the most significant military museums in the world, the Australian War Memorial. The Memorial’s Soul of the Nation experience commences with a tour of the Commemorative Area, followed by an exploration of the archives of rare and beautiful letters, maps, photographs and diaries that tell the stories of the men and women of Australia’s Defence Forces, past and present.
Then head to New Acton, an innovative new cultural precinct for lunch and an afternoon of exploration. At its heart is Nishi, the ‘pineapple-shaped’ building housing the Nishi Gallery. There is also a cinema, some of Canberra’s favourite restaurants and cafés, shops and a collection of outdoor art and sculpture for a surprise around almost every corner.
Spend your third day in Australia’s capital with a walk or segway around the iconic Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra’s masterful centrepiece with 40 kms of scenic paths and the opportunity to row, sail, kayak, paddle board or fish on the water. Along the lake’s edge are some of Canberra’s premier attractions including the National Capital Exhibition, National Library and National Museum of Australia.
The evening’s Feast of Icons at the National Gallery of Australia is a night to remember. The Gallery will open exclusively for you and your party (minimum 10 people) for an intimate encounter with the iconic works in the collection. Take in the sunset vista over the lake from a private dining lounge as you enjoy a premium, six course degustation, with each course reflecting an artwork you’ve seen on the tour. Take home some incredible memories, together with a special gift and personal note from the Director of the Gallery.
Day four begins with a behind-the-scenes look at the design, collections and architecture of Australian Parliament House. The More than Politics tour is booked by prior arrangement and gives visitors once-in-a-lifetime, behind-the-scenes access to Australian Parliament House, its significant art and furniture collections and a dining experience usually reserved for visiting dignitaries.
In keeping with the governmental theme of the day, spend the remainder of the afternoon on the self-guided driving, cycling or walking tour of the Yarralumla Diplomatic Estate. The tour features architectural highlights of the diplomatic missions of over 30 countries. For those wanting more, Canberra has a range of attractions and activities to suit all tastes, including Old Parliament House and Questacon, a fun and educational, interactive science centre.
Credit - Tourism Australia
Credit: Ramingining Artists - The Aboriginal Memorial 1987-88
Credit: Jackson Pollock, Blue poles 1951-52, Pollock Krasner Foundation