Parliament House, Canberra

Visit Canberra for a unique look into the world of Cartier

Staking its claim as the country’s ‘coolest little capital’ (and not because of the weather either), Canberra boasts urban designer precincts, a thriving arts community and some of Australia’s most iconic tourist attractions. And for the first time ever, the city also offers an extraordinary collection of bejewelled delights to enjoy with its exclusive hosting of Cartier: The Exhibition.

Spend the day exploring the National Gallery’s richly immersive program, before enjoying a chef-hatted meal, a tasty cool-weather wine and a night in a luxurious sustainably designed hotel.

THE EXHIBITION

Be immersed in the opulent world of pearls, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds with a visit to Cartier: The Exhibition, a dazzling extravaganza showcasing over 300 stunning items borrowed from royal families and celebrities and from the Cartier Collection itself.

The Carter exhibition explores this master jeweller’s glittering clientele that included socialites, aristocrats and stars of the cinema and stage, enabling visitors to discover quintessential icons of style in this extraordinary age of glamour.

Royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches, earrings and timepieces … never before have so many incredible pieces been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton when she wed Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring, and Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace. Here you’ll also find the Tutti-Frutti Hindu necklace worn by Daisy Fellowes, Barbara Hutton’s imperial jadeite necklace, and a selection from the NGA’s exquisite Ballets Russes costumes.

Through a program of tours, talks and events, visitors can also take part in a richly immersive program which features historic photographs, jewellery-making equipment and a selection of original preparatory drawings that will provide a fascinating insight into the history of the ‘jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers’.

Cartier in Canberra is exclusive to Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia from the 30 March to 22 July, 2018.

BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION

If you are keen to keep the glamour theme tastefully intact on your weekend away in Canberra, why not consider an overnight stay in one of the city’s most luxurious hotels? Embracing all that is chic, unique and eclectic, Canberra is at the forefront of the creative swell of the ‘designer hotel’ movement in Australia, with the Ovolo Nishi Apartments certainly making their mark.

Designed to mirror the textures and character of the diverse Australian landscape, these apartments are sustainably designed with modern artistic luxury and feature original artworks and repurposed vintage furnishings. Carefully designed according to the principles of passive cooling, each one also offers hydronic heating and a stay here will grant you access to free breakfasts and complimentary laundry services.

Located in Canberra’s award-winning NewActon cultural precinct, Hotel Hotel is the urban definition of luxe style, and continues the ‘radically sustainable hotel’ theme with its green design and eco-architecture. Built from concrete and recycled timbers, its interior design in rich in natural fibres, reclaimed oak and restored mid-century furniture. Dining options include organic breakfasts, shared lunch plates and a late-night menu that features the famed ‘yabby jaffle’ that knocks the humble toasted sandwich out of the ballpark.

Offering sublime views of the Parliament Circle’s icons, if you’re after five-star accommodation in Canberra, be prepared for pampering amid Hotel Realm’s facilities (a health club, lap pool and divine day spa) and superior room amenities (think luxury bathroom products, smart TVs and obligatory coffee machines). Love dining out? Choose from a smorgasbord of delectable international choices including Japanese, French and chef-hatted fine dining at its best.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

There are a multitude of touristy things to do in Canberra from exploring the Old Bus Depot markets and visiting the National Arboretum, to visiting some of the country’s most famous cultural icons (the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, Australia’s Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial).

However, scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a few other ‘staycation’ activities that some of the locals don’t even know about!

Established in 1975, Beaver Galleries was established seven years before the National Gallery opened, with a claim to fame as the largest privately-owned commercial gallery in Canberra. Today it exhibits an extensive collection of both established and emerging Australian artists, as well as an impressive international presence that promotes local artists overseas. Works include paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics and glassware, and the gallery boasts a beautiful sculpture garden, licensed café and a shop stocked with high quality merchandise crafted by leading Australian artists and jewellers.

How about taking a bubble bath in a five-star hotel under the watchful gaze of a fully-grown bear? Part of Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium, the Jamala Wildlife Lodge offers a truly unique experience where guests can get up close and personal with wildlife in a range of accommodation from jungle bungalows to giraffe tree houses.

And to truly end your Canberra weekend escape on a high, why not consider a hot air balloon flight over Lake Burley Griffin? One of the few cities on earth where hot air ballooning is available virtually all year round, this is the ideal way to experience the breaking of a new day while visiting Canberra. Take off at sunrise and drift gently with the morning breeze as you capture breathtaking views of the nation’s capital coming to life.

Need a break before the cold kicks in? Orbit World Travel can carefully fine-tune your weekend away in Canberra with advice on airfares and a variety of accommodation so you can truly experience the heart and soul of our nation’s capital.

Contact us today to discuss your getaway to Canberra!  Call 1800 249 804 or email us!

The NGA is open 10.00am – 5.00pm daily