The 2018 COAT National Conference has been strategically positioned just before the June long weekend, so for those who want to make the trip count for more than just professional development hours, here are some of our top tips of where to go and what to see in Canberra.
Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive.
The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
For more information about the Australian War Memorial, please click here.
Australian Parliament House
Visit Parliament House, Canberra, and experience Australia's robust democracy in action. You can watch Question Time, see bills being debated, and sit in on committee inquiries as current issues are explored in detail.
You'll also find some of Australia's finest historical treasures and contemporary art on display throughout the building, and in our permanent and temporary exhibitions.
For more information about Australian Parliament House, please click here.
Located in the Parliamentary Triangle, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre boasts over 200 interactive exhibits that fill seven galleries, Questacon provides a full day of adventure and exploration. Whether it’s free falling six metres, watching lightning strike, experiencing an earthquake or discovering new innovations, Questacon has something for visitors of all ages.
A daily program of explosive 30-minute Spectacular Science Shows, covering themes from dinosaurs to disasters, particles to popsicles and rockets to rock ‘n’ roll are also available.
For more information about Questacon, please click here.
National Gallery of Australia
Located on the Shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, The national Gallery of Australia is a world-class display of delightful art. Art lovers will enjoy wandering through the galleries and admiring collections, which include the famous ‘Blue Poles’ by Jackson Pollock and the Ned Kelly series by Sidney Nolan.
The new Australian and International art galleries provide plenty of things to see, following a large-scale rehang of almost every piece. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection comprises over 7500 works and is the largest in the world. Come along and enjoy this rich cultural experience.
For more information about The National Gallery of Australia, please click here.
National Portrait Gallery
Gain a greater understanding of the Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity – through portraiture.
From Howard Arkley’s portrait of Nick Cave, to Ned Kelly’s death mask, the National Portrait Gallery display’s a fascinating array of artists, musicians, entertainers, politicians, ports and even royalty. Come along and enjoy the half hour Collection Highlights tour at 11.30 am daily and visit the popular Portrait Gallery Store and Portrait Cafe.
For more information about the National Portrait Gallery, please click here.
National Museum of Australia
Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the Museum’s stunning architecture offers visitors an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people.
Take a guided tour through the Museum’s many exhibitions (fees apply). The Museum’s expert Visitor Services Hosts will bring stories to life and reveal the history behind the objects on display.
For more information about the National Museum of Australia, please click here.