January 10, 2018
Ten public holidays plus 20 annual leave days equals a lot of carefully planned time to spend in Canberra.
If you start the year off by meticulously plotting out your public holidays and stealthily researching holiday destinations to spend your accrued leave days, we’re here to let you know you’re not alone. In fact, this perfectly natural behaviour is to be encouraged and we want to make sure you don’t squander your days away.
Maximise your time away from your desk with a short break in Canberra. Here’s our holiday hacks that will optimise your holidays, so fill out that leave application now.
Australia Day (26 January) falls on a Friday this year. Take Monday 29 January off and enjoy a three-night Canberra escape to uncover the Australian story at our national attractions. The Australian of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Australia shares an item of each nominated Australian of the Year finalists. While there, you must not miss Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition which explores how stories are told and held within Aboriginal communities. The National Museum of Australia has teamed up with QT Canberra to offer an accommodation package for the exhibition – book now. And as the sun sets, experience the festivities of Australia Day in the capital.
Over the weekend, enjoy a stroll along the Australians of the Year Walk around Lake Burley Griffin. (Fun fact: the plinths represent the notes to the music score of Advance Australia Fair when read from west to east)
Over the Easter long weekend, enjoy the opulence and grandeur at the opening weekend of the spectacular Cartier: The Exhibition (30 March – 22 July) at the National Gallery of Australia. Win bragging rights with your friends by being among the first to see this exclusive to Canberra event. The National Folk Festival will return over Easter (29 March – 2 April) for a five-day celebration of all aspects of folklife and is an unmissable event for all music lovers.
If you take an extra four days leave prior to Good Friday on 30 March you can catch the tail end of Enlighten.
Commemorating Anzac Day (25 April) at the Australian War Memorial should be on every Australian and New Zealanders’ bucket list. Pay your respects at the Dawn Ceremony, and enjoy a game of two-up at one of the local pubs as the day goes on. Hang around for the rest of the week and be treated with the Canberra International Music Festival (27 April – 6 May) where you can experience a range of styles in venues handpicked for their stunning acoustic qualities.
Canberra transforms into a winter wonderland from June. The Queen’s Birthday (11 June) long weekend kicks off the start of the Canberra Region Truffle Festival. Come and hunt, taste and enjoy the indulgent and highly prized Black Truffle. While you’re here, use the opportunity to enjoy some snow play (weather permitting) at the accessible Corin Forest, a 45-minute drive from Canberra.
Labour Day (1 October) falls right in the middle of Canberra’s celebration of all things floral and spring. Get lost in a world of flowers, innovation and design at Floriade. Spend the weekend exploring the region’s award-winning wineries as part of the Canberra Wine House Murrumbateman Moving Feast.
It might not be a public holiday, but this year’s Remembrance Day (Sunday 11 November) marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. The momentous centenary commemorations will include an installation of 62,000 knitted red poppy flowers on the Memorial’s grounds, each representing an Australian life lost in the First World War – an occasion not to be missed.
The Christmas period is all about family, and Canberra has something for everyone. From blockbuster summer exhibitions like Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate at the National Gallery of Australia to educational experiences, you’ll enjoy everything Canberra has to offer this summer.