Home to around 367,000 people, Canberra is one of the world's few planned cities, a city in a park. With a kaleidoscope of colours and experiences and experiences that changes with the seasons, the nation's capital becomes an artist's palette of reds, crimsons, yellows and greens when our deciduous trees welcome autumn.
Come for the weekend before Convergence kicks off and enjoy our attractions and great dining experiences that Canberra has to offer.
If you plan to visit Canberra and have a few days to spare, take the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Australia's latest exhibition - Versailles - Treasures from the Palace. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see and experience, here in Australia, a mesmerising period in French history. For the first time ever, the treasures will travel from France to entice visitors into a world of power, passion and luxury through this epic exhibition.
More than 130 paintings, artistic tapesteries, gilded furniture items, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, and personal items from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, will bring to life the reigns of three Kings, and their Queens and mistresses ina fascinating and often turmultuous period of French history.
During March, Canberra celebrates Enlighten, a night festival full of beautiful lights that bring to life buildings such as Old Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library.
Over nine illuminated nights, the whole family can enjoy free and ticketed events, such as blockbuster exhibitions and rare films, captivating architectual projections, intriguing live music, stand-up comedy, thrilling tours into the depths of our national attractions, exclusive dining experiences and more.
Enlighten runs from 3-12 March 2017, 6pm until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 10pm every other night.
Convergence participants have the option to be transported to the main area of activity for Enlighten after the drinks on both nights. A great opportunity to enjoy Canberra's beautiful autumn weather!
Canberra is serviced by Qantas, Virgin Australia, TigerAir and Singapore Airlines. Canberra Airport is a 15 minute taxi or uber ride to the National Museum of Australia.
More details can be found at the Canberra Airport website.
Driving Sydney to Canberra takes approximately 3.5 hours. By air it is 45 minutes.
Hotel accommodation below is within a 5 to 15 minutes cab ride.
You can walk from Peppers and Hotel Hotel to the National Museum, but you will need to allow for 20 minutes travel time.