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March 22, 2018 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

With Easter hopping towards us, it’s time to plan your ideal Easter weekend in Canberra with help from our top 10 things to do and discover over the break.

1.      Shine and shimmer at Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia: 30 March – 22 July 2018

Take in the opulence and grandeur at the opening weekend of the spectacular Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. Win bragging rights with your friends by being among the first to see this exclusive to Canberra event, by stepping inside the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th Century, accompanied by a rich program of talks, tours and events. Tickets available for purchase here. Open 10am – 5pm every day over the Easter long weekend.

2.      Dosie-do at the National Folk Festival: 29 March – 2 April 2018

Join the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival with high-end entertainment and a program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain. With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country, there’ll be something for everyone to start tapping their toes to. See here for booking information. Events at various times and locations over the Easter long weekend. Download the full program here.

3.      Tidbinbilla Sanctuary Celebrations: 30 March – 2 April 2018

Celebrating its 10 year reopening anniversary after the 2003 bushfires, Tidbinbilla Sanctuary has a full program of tours, events and talks over the Easter weekend. Pack a picnic and head out to this haven to learn more about our natural wonders. See the full program here. Open 9am – 5pm every day over the Easter long weekend.

4.      The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery: 24 March – 17 June 2018

Marvel at the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers at the National Portrait Galleryover the Easter weekend. The exhibition of 43 portraits is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s best portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. Entry is free. Open 10am – 5pm every day over the Easter long weekend.

5.      Old Bus Depot Markets ‘Portobello Road’: 1 April 2018

Hunt for original antiques, jewellery and collectables with Portobello Road at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Easter Sunday morning. Take a break from chocolate and hot cross buns and fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures. The fun is in the hunt and you’re bound to find something you love with a story to tell. Open 10am – 4pm on Sunday 1 April 2018.

6.      The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800 – 1804 at the National Museum of Australia: 30 March – 24 June 2018

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia at the National Museum of Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science. Exhibition is free. Open 9am – 5pm every day over the Easter long weekend.

7.      Plus500 Brumbies v Waratahs at the GIO Stadium, Canberra: 31 March 2018

The Plus500 Brumbies welcome their arch rivals from down the Hume Highway the NSW Waratahs to GIO Stadium for a high octane Round 7 Super Rugby clash with the Dan Vickerman Cup up for grabs. The excitement in the stalls is set to be electric with the Brumbies playing at their home stadium against their NSW opposition, so don’t miss out on being part of it! Tickets available for purchase here.

8.      The Great Easter Egg Trail 2018 at the Museum of Australian Democracy: 1 April 2018

Hop along to the cleverest Easter Egg Trail in the country at the Museum of Australian Democracy on Easter Sunday from 8am – 1.30pm. Challenge friends and family to follow the trail, find the clues, crack the code and collect a mouth-watering prize, all while exploring iconic Old Parliament House. Bookings are essential to this free event. Tickets include entry to the Great Easter Egg Trail, a chocolate prize and activities in the courtyards. Open 9am – 5pm every day over the Easter long weekend.

9.      The Great Corin Forest Easter Egg Hunt: 30 March – 2 April 2018

The Easter Bunny will be visiting Corin Forest at 11am and 1pm each day from Good Friday to Easter Monday with the Great Corin Forest Easter Egg Hunt of 2018. Each hunt will have limited spaces to ensure every egg-hunter can fill their buckets. Try the Alpine Slide for a thrilling ride or explore the surrounding waterfalls, bush walking and wildlife while you’re there. Bookings are essential to this free event. Open 10am – 5pm every day over the Easter long weekend.

10.   Take an easter eggsperiment at Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre

Explore questions like “which came first: the chicken or the egg” at Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre this Easter. Free-fall down a six-metre slide, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey. Little scientists will enjoy Mini Q as they play, discover and learn in an exhibition specifically designed for 0-6 year olds. Open 9am – 5pm every day over the Easter long weekend.

To discover what you can and can’t do in Canberra, play our Canberra or Can’tberra online quiz and enter the chance to win a $3000 weekend visit to Canberra. Or download the VisitCanberra app to plan your perfect trip to Canberra.

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