From Goulburn to the Palace of Versailles

The side panel of one of the Enlighten information pillars between the Questacon building and the National Library of Australia. The top of the sign reads “Enlighten – Culture and Creativity Illuminate The Capital”. The panel below is titled “The Electric Garden” and begins “Autumnal landscapes and childhood dreams breathe life into Canberra after dark as Enlighten returns in March.” Lights colour the path red and purple and the trees are illuminated an autumnal golden brown. Blurred images of people hover over the coloured path.
This sculpture is constructed from stainless steel and slumped glass, and features an image of a boy in a bungalow. Housed within the artwork is an empty coolamon — a traditional vessel for carrying a baby — from which a recorded Indigenous lullaby can be heard. It is a place for quiet reflection — to contemplate the silence and emptiness experienced after children are taken from community. To symbolise the reconnection with culture, words meaning baby, child or children from a number of Indigenous languages of Australia are etched into the glass panels.
The front of the National Library of Australia is projected during Enlighten with a map of Australia obtained from the Library’s collection of historic maps.
The side of the National Portrait Gallery is projected during Enlighten with a row of portraits from its collection above an illustration of a lush green forest scene.
Five cyclists on top of Mt Pleasant admire the view of Canberra. The Royal Australian Artillery Memorial consists of a stone parapet with concrete panels recording the campaigns in which the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery took part and an obelisk flanked by two cannons. Some buildings of the Russell Offices Defence complex are visible below the left-hand cannon. Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin, the Australian-American War Memorial, Canberra City buildings, and the Black Mountain Tower (Telstra Tower) are also visible.
Two cyclists riding on the quiet and predominantly down hill road between Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
3 visitors standing on a small lookout overlooking one of the large ponds in The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla. The surrounding forest and Tidbinbilla Range are reflected in the water.
The Grabben Gullen Road sweeps in an ‘S’ shape as it crosses the Lachlan River. Two cyclists are ascending the Gunning side of the river. The pastures are dry with the grass a golden yellow.
Looking through branches covered in bright yellow lichen towards a stone ruin with a rusty corrugated iron roof beside the Lachlan River.
Three bicycles lean up against a wire fence beside an old timber cattle yard coloured red by lichen and mould. Three wind turbines are on the skyline.
At the bottom of the photograph a red bicycle is laying in the long green grass. The top part of the photograph shows the view south-west towards Gunning.

Join us on a balmy early autumn bicycle tour from Goulburn to the Palace of Versailles.

Experience the wide blue skies and fresh autumn air as you cycle along quiet country roads, through historic villages, rolling pastures and the spectacular scenery of the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding New South Wales. Overnight stays in Bungendore, Canberra, Gunning, Crookwell and Goulburn.

Whilst in Canberra visit the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition - “Versailles: Treasures from the Palace”, and take a look into a mesmerising period in French history and the French royal family from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France.

At the same time experience the breathtaking beauty of Canberra lit up after dark with the fabulous Enlighten Festival. View stunning architectural projections that transform six of the Parliamentary Triangle’s iconic buildings: Australian Parliament House, Old Parliament House, National Library of Australia, Questacon, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Australia.

If you’re coming from Sydney, why not catch the train and meet us in Goulburn?