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10 Reasons to Visit Canberra

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Canberra Offers A World of Family-Friendly Fun.

An easy 3 hours drive from Sydney, the Capital of Australia needs to be on your radar to visit during the next school holidays!

There's so much do in Canberra and the best bit is most of it's free!


10 Reasons to visit Canberra - The Playgrounds
Image Credit: National Arboretum

Canberra is home to loads of different playgrounds, from tiny suburban ones to fantastical looking ones like the Pod Playground. Here are our favourites:


10 Reasons to visit Canberra

Full to the brim with excellent museums and galleries, you could spend almost a week visiting them all. They are all family friendly and most of them have special spaces for kids where they can dress up. And the best bit is that nearly all of them have free admission. Here are the ones that we believe should be on your list:


10 Reasons to visit Canberra - The Playgrounds

The foodie scene in Canberra is booming and its cafes rival those we have in Sydney, as does the quality of coffee that they brew up. These are some of our favourite family friendly cafes that you should try:


10 Reasons to visit Canberra - It's Nature's Playground
Image Credit: Tidbinbilla Reserve

Canberra is not only surrounded by wonderful nature reserves but they also exists in between its different suburbs. Whether you want to see some kangaroos in the wild, climb a mountain or cycle around the lake there's a natural space for everyone to get outdoors and enjoy. Here are some of the best:


10 Reasons to visit Canberra - National Zoo & Aquarium
Image Credit: National Zoo & Aquarium

Canberra is home to the amazing National Zoo and Aquarium. Whilst the aquarium section doesn't really compare to our Sydney one, the zoo is definitely worth the visit. It's home to some impressive animals likes giraffes, rhinos, big cats, bears and all of our Aussie favourites. And if you have loads of cash to splash around you can even stay at the zoo in their incredible looking Jamala Wildlife Lodge.


10 Reasons to visit Canberra - Questacon
Image Credit: Questacon

The perrenial favourite, no visit to Canberra is complete without visiting Australia's premier Science Museum - Questacon. This place is full of super cool hands on activities for kids of all ages and everyone will love the free fall slide! But make sure you go early as it is extrememly popular during the school holidays.


10 Reasons to visit Canberra

Every Australian needs to visit this sacred spot at least once in their life time. It remembers why we are "young and free." Children love to find their relatives who have died giving their life for our country on the poppy wall, and they will also enjoy the special kids area. The very moving Last Post ceremony is also worth waiting for at the end of the day.


10 Reasons to visit Canberra - The Wineries
Image Credit: Lerida Estate

The greater Canberra region is home to many quality wineries. So if you enjoy a tipple like we do, make sure you visit these great vineyards:


10 Reasons to visit Canberra - Shopping
Image Credit: Old Bus Depot Markets

You will find quite a few large shoping centres in Canberra as well as loads of lovely boutiques and markets. If you can ditch the kids make sure you have a wander through the following places:


10 Reasons to visit Canberra
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Canberra has accommodation to suit all budgets and family sizes! From fancy pants hotels to tourist parks there is an accommodation option for everyone. When we visit the Capital of Oz we quite often stay at these venues:

10 Reasons to visit Canberra

There's actually so many more than 10 reasons to visit Canberra - like Floriade for example (but it only occurs once a year in Spring). So what are your favourite things to do in Canberra?

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