Destination update: Canberra

The newest venues, hotels and experiences to explore in Canberra.

With an influx of new accommodation, event spaces and revived attractions coming online, all eyes are on the nation’s capital as a business events hot spot.

Here are some of the latest developments to check out next time you’re in Canberra:

New event space at Pialligo Estate

Food, wine and event destination Pialligo Estate has unveiled its new event space, Pialligo Fields, which is complete with a Gintonica bar experience and views overlooking the fields and Canberra skyline.

Open Wednesday to Sunday until late, Fields provides a multi-purpose space available for corporate events, making it the ideal venue for a welcome cocktail function or intimate gala dinner.

Pialligo Fields

Refreshed conference spaces

Pacific Suites Canberra is about to relaunch its function space, with two light-filled rooms accommodating up to 130 delegates.

With large one- and two-bedroom apartments and a light rail station across the road, the property is ideally situated next to Braddon’s vibrant shopping and restaurant hub, and minutes away from the CBD and Parliamentary Triangle.

Pacific Suites Canberra

New era for Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery reopened its doors on 14 September, after being closed over the past few months for rectification work essential for maintaining the integrity of the building and keeping the collection safe.

In addition to the permanent collection, The Look and Primed exhibitions will be on display from reopening to late summer 2020.

National Portrait Gallery canberra
National Portrait Gallery

Mercure to open in Belconnen

The Canberra Labor Club group is adding Mercure Canberra Belconnen to its portfolio later this year, offering 125 accommodation rooms ideal for business and leisure travellers. Each room offers plush beds, a relaxed workstation, Smart TVs, Chromecast and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The hotel’s design draws on the local environment, using a natural colour palette teamed with pops of colour.

Mercure Canberra Belconnen

Refurb planned for War Memorial

Opened in 1941, the Australian War Memorial is currently undergoing a redevelopment to accommodate growing visitor numbers and create spaces to tell the many untold stories of loyalty and service.

The Future Plan will see the addition of new buildings, refurbishment of current installations and the addition of a new research precinct to enhance customer experience.

Australian War Memorial

Sleek new accommodation offering

Marriott International has made its Canberra debut, with the opening of Midnight Hotel, an Autograph Collection property.

Located in the heart of Braddon and minutes from the city centre and National Convention Centre Canberra, the new 199-room hotel is a welcome addition to Canberra’s accommodation inventory and Braddon’s food and wine and nightlife precinct.

Information provided by Canberra Convention Bureau.

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