10 Reasons to Visit Canberra

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!

1. 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:

  • [Link https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/ The Pod Playground at the National Arboretum]
  • [Link http://www.boundlesscanberra.org.au/ Boundless Playground]
  • [Link http://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/find-a-park/urban-parks/john-knight-memorial-park John Knight Memorial Playground]
  • [Link https://www.weekendnotes.com/top-playgrounds-around-lake-burley-griffin/ Commonwealth Park Playground]
  • [Link https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b4bd270154b4553c218/adventure-playground Kambah Adventure Playground]
  • [Link http://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/find-a-park/urban-parks/weston-park Weston Park]
  • [Link https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b3f266140594567e045/fadden-pines-playground Fadden Pines Playground]
  • [Link https://www.weekendnotes.com/tuggeranong-town-park/ Tuggeranong Town Park]

  • 2. THE MUSEUMS



    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:

  • [Link https://www.moadoph.gov.au/ Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House]
  • [Link https://nga.gov.au/ National Gallery of Australia]
  • [Link http://www.nma.gov.au/ National Museum of Australia]
  • [Link https://www.ramint.gov.au/ Royal Australian Mint]
  • [Link http://nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au/ National Dinosaur Museum]
  • [Link https://www.cockingtongreen.com.au/ Cockington Green Gardens]
  • [Link https://www.cdscc.nasa.gov/ Canberra's Deep Space Centre]
  • [Link http://www.ausport.gov.au/ Australian Institute of Sport]

  • 3. THE CAFES



    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:

  • [Linkhttps://www.pollencafe.com.au/ Pollen at the National Botanic Gardens]
  • [Link http://www.foxandbow.com.au/ Fox and Bow]
  • [Link http://www.poacherspantry.com.au/ Poachers Pantry]
  • [Link http://www.littleoink.com.au/ Little Oink]
  • [Link http://www.tulipscafe.com.au/ Tulips Cafe]
  • [Link http://www.tommyandme.com.au/ Tommy and Me]
  • [Link http://www.cscc.com.au/snapper Snapper on the lake]
  • [Link http://doubleshotdeakin.com.au/ Double Shot Deakin]
  • [Link http://www.teddypickers.com.au/ Teddy Pickers]

  • 4. 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:

  • [Link https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b58d5f1565045d801cf/lake-burley-griffin Lake Burley Griffin]
  • [Link https://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/find-a-park/urban-parks/lake-ginninderra Lake Ginninderra]
  • [Link https://www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au/ Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve]
  • [Link https://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/ Australian National Botanic Gardens]
  • [Link https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/ National Arboretum]
  • [Link http://www.natureplaycbr.org.au/programs/passport-to-an-amazing-childhood Nature Play Passport]

  • 5. THE NATIONAL ZOO AND AQUARIUM

    Image Credit: National Zoo & Aquarium


    Canberra is home to the amazing [Link http://nationalzoo.com.au/ 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.

    6. QUESTACON

    Image Credit: Questacon


    The perrenial favourite, no visit to Canberra is complete without visiting Australia's premier Science Museum - [Link https://www.questacon.edu.au/ 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.

    7. AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL



    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.

    8. THE WINERIES

    Image Credit: Lerida Estate


    The greater Canberra region is home to many quality [Link http://www.canberrawines.com.au/ wineries]. So if you enjoy a tipple like we do, make sure you visit these great vineyards:

  • [Link http://www.clonakilla.com.au/ Clonakilla]
  • [Link https://www.leridaestate.com.au/ Lerida Estate]
  • [Link http://larkhill.wine/ Lark Hill Winery]
  • [Link http://fourwindsvineyard.com.au/ Four Winds Vineyard]
  • [Link http://www.poacherspantry.com.au/ Wily Trout Wines at Poachers Pantry]

  • 9. 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:

  • [Link http://obdm.com.au/ Old Bus Depot Markets]
  • [Link http://capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au/ Capital Region Farmer's Market]
  • [Link https://www.canberracentre.com.au/ Canberra Centre]
  • [Link https://www.westfield.com.au/woden Westfield Woden]
  • [Link https://www.westfield.com.au/belconnen Westfield Belconnen]
  • [Link http://www.fyshwickfreshfoodmarkets.com.au/ Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets]
  • [Link https://handmadecanberra.com.au/ Handmade Markets]

  • 10. LOADS OF FAMILY FRIENDLY PLACES TO STAY

    Image Credit: Abode Woden


    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:

  • [Link http://aliviogroup.com.au/ Alivio Tourist Park]
  • [Link https://www.weekendnotes.com/abode-hotel-woden/ Abode Hotel Woden]
  • [Link https://abodehotels.com.au/hotels/narrabundah/ Abode Hotel Narrabundah]
  • [Link http://www.mantra.com.au/australian-capital-territory/canberra-and-surrounds/canberra/accommodation/hotels/mantra-on-northbourne/ Mantra Hotel on Northbourne]



  • 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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