10 May 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (10 - 16 May)

| Claire Sams
Start the conversation
People walking on a track through the Ginninderry Conservation Corridor

Rug up against the autumn cold and explore the Ginninderry Conservation Corridor. Photo: Ginninderry Conservation Trust.

We get that the mercury has dropped and it’s puffer jacket season, but there’s no need to stay home. Take a walk around the Ginninderry Conservation Corridor, check out developments in South Jerrabomberra or warm up with a boogie as you watch the Eurovision grand final. But if you must stay inside, consider spoiling mum with a high tea for Mother’s Day.

All week

painting of woman

The portrait of Princess Mary of Denmark by Ralph Heimans at the exhibition Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence. showing at the National Portrait Gallery until 27 May. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

When: daily, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Cost: $20 Adult / $18 Concession / $16 Circle of Friends / Free for children under 18. Tickets are available from the National Portrait Gallery.

If you haven’t caught it yet, Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence. is still running at the National Portrait Gallery. View some of the most significant portraits in Ralph’s career to date, from early major works such as his painting of HM Queen Mary of Denmark through to commissioned paintings of sitters including King Charles III, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.


Woman looking at and touching a large gum tree

Get outside and clear your mind from stress through this slow, guided Forest Therapy walk. Photo: Ginninderry Conservation Trust.

Forest Therapy Walk with Julie Armstrong

When: 11 May, 8:45 am to 12 pm
Where: Shepherds Lookout car park, Stockhill Drive, Holt
Cost: Tickets cost $10 per person and are available via Eventbrite.

Forest therapy, also known as nature therapy or ecotherapy, uses time spent outside in nature to improve mental or physical health. Julie Armstrong will lead this walk through the Ginninderry Conservation Corridor. Starting from Shepherds Lookout, the walk will explore the plants and animals of the corridor. The session is only open for those aged 16 and older.

People walking around a complex

Looking for some new digs? Check out the South Jerrabomberra Open Day. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

South Jerrabomberra Open Day

When: 11 May, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: South Jerrabomberra community, Canberra
Cost: Free entry.

Take a wander around the South Jerrabomberra community. The Village Building Co is set to open its newest display home and launch 17 exclusive House and Land Packages in Estate 2 of South Jerrabomberra. To mark the occasion, there will be a free barbecue, face painting for kids, activities throughout the display home and a coffee van. If you’re looking to make a move, this is your chance to explore the options in South Jerrabomberra!


Portrait of Electric Fields

Electric Fields represented Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. Now, we can see the grand final acts. Photo: Supplied.

Eurovision Song Contest 2024: Grand Final telecast

When: 12 March, from 6 pm
Where: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost $20 and are available via the Archive’s website.

Electric Fields might have been knocked out of Eurovision before the grand final, but the show must go on. Head to Arc Cinema to watch the grand final, where you can also challenge yourself in Eurovision bingo. There will be prizes for the best team outfit, so make sure to put some thought into what you wear. The ticket covers a glass of bubbles on arrival.

A banner for the event

Take Mum to a morning tea at one of Canberra’s most famous buildings. Image: Supplied.

Mother’s Day at Old Parliament House

When: 12 May, 8 am to 4 pm
Where: Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Cost varies depending on which option is booked, with packages available via Humanitix.

It’s been two years in the making, but Old Parliament House will be the backdrop for the first Mother’s Day event for two years. Take mum out for afternoon tea in the iconic Members’ Dining Rooms, breakfast or lunch in the cosy Courtyard Café and games, or relax in the House of Representatives Courtyard with food and drink.

High tea is served at the Southern Cross Club.

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day at high tea. Photo: Southern Cross Club.

Mother’s Day High Tea

When: 12 May, 10 am to 12 pm or 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Tuggeranong
Cost: $55 per platter that caters for two to four people; book here.

Spoil Mum with a delightful high tea at the Southern Cross Club in Tuggeranong. For $55, enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, including traditional English cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese, watercress and egg salad, ham and cheese and smoked chicken and mayo. To satisfy a sweet tooth, there are also scones with jam, clotted cream, and plenty of pastries, including lemon tarts, strawberry cheesecake, a gluten-free chocolate cake, and dark chocolate tarts.

A banner for the event

Sit back and listen to this tribute to our mothers. Image: National Opera/Facebook.

Things My Mother Made

When: 12 May, 2:30 pm to 4: 30 pm
Where: Ainslie All Saints Church, 9-15 Cowper Street, Ainslie
Cost: Tickets cost between $30 and $40 (with free entry for children under 12) and are available via Trybooking.

The National Opera will take over Ainslie All Saints Church in this tribute to our mothers. The show, inspired by the performers’ memories of their mothers, will include classical arias, soul-stirring ballads, and uplifting anthems. What better way to celebrate than with magnificent music?

Table with glasses and plates for Mother's Day High Tea

Earn some brownie points by taking Mum to this delicious high tea. Photo: QT Canberra.

High Tea at QT Canberra

When: 12 March, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets start at $80 per person and are available online.

Is it Mother’s Day without a high tea? QT Canberra will host a wide selection of savoury treats, including truffled egg and cucumber on brioche buns and chicken parfait tarts with wine and fig jam. Delicious desserts will also be on offer – will you have the sweet or savoury option? For additional costs, attendees can book in for bottomless Dal Zotto prosecco, pink grapefruit spritz and a selection of tap beers or pre-order a posie from GG’s Flowers to take home.


Pianist next to a piano

Joyce Yang’s concert is presented by Snow Concert Hall and Piano+. Image: Snow Concert Hall.

Joyce Yang at the Snow Concert Hall

When: 14 May, from 7 pm
Where: Snow Concert Hall, 40 Monaro Cresent, Red Hill
Cost: Tickets cost between $63.30 and $119.90 and are available via Eventbrite.

In a treat for the ears, Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang is returning to Canberra for one more concert. The concert will be presented by Snow Concert Hall and their 2024 concert series in partnership with Piano+. The program includes Tchaikovsky (selections from The Seasons, Op. 37a), Rachmaninoff (Three Preludes from Op. 32 and 23) and Stravinsky (The Firebird Suite), followed by Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.


Margaret Tucker’s autobiography is being re-launched with a new edition. Image: Supplied.

If Everyone Cared Enough launch

When: 15 May, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra; or online via the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages
Cost: Entry is free, though registration via Stickytickets is essential.

Margaret Lilardia Tucker MBE was an Aboriginal activist and one of the first Aboriginal authors to publish an autobiography. Her landmark autobiography, If Everyone Cared, has been re-published in a new edition titled If Everyone Cared Enough, which sheds light on the previously omitted descriptions of her culture and experiences. To mark the launch, members of her family are coming to the National Library for a celebration of Margaret’s life and work.

Start the conversation

Daily Digest

Want the best Canberra news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riotact stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.