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Questacon Science Museum In Canberra
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Questacon Science Museum In Canberra

Don't miss the school holiday fun activities at the science museum in Canberra. Questacon offers interactive experiences for all ages and abilities.

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Canberra: attractions for families

Wildbark Visitor Centre Twilight Tour - Canberra

Wildbark Visitor Centre Twilight Tour - Canberra

Enjoy an evening walk in a critically endangered ecosystem with a trained guide, searching for animals extinct from the mainland of Australia.

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$65

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Canberra Hot Air Balloon Flight

Canberra Hot Air Balloon Flight

Book an early morning hot air ballooning ride over Canberra for an unforgettable experience that's not to be missed! This option does not include breakfast.

From
$430

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Jet Flight Simulation Challenge Canberra

Jet Flight Simulation Challenge Canberra

This Canberra jet flight simulator experience will let you become a pilot for a day in one of the most advanced simulators available in Australia!

From
$125

AUD

Lake Jindabyne Scenic Helicopter Flight

Lake Jindabyne Scenic Helicopter Flight

On this 15-minute scenic helicopter flight, fly over the tranquil Lake Jindabyne lake and catch glimpses of Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.

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$399

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Free things to do in Canberra school holidays

Gibraltar Falls, Canberra

Gibraltar Falls, Canberra

Bring the family for a fun outdoor adventure at Gibraltar Falls! Just a short drive from Canberra. Pack a picnic & spend the day exploring the nature.

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National Arboretum Canberra
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National Arboretum Canberra

National Arboretum is one of the best Canberra attractions for families. Discover Arboretum Canberra playground, cafe, gardens, walking trails & more!

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Top affordable and free things to do in Canberra school holidays

Canberra is a perfect destination for your family holiday. There are plenty of things to do and see in the city all year round!

Some of the top affordable and free things to do in Canberra school holidays are:

  • Visit the Australian War Memorial

  • Discover Cockington Green Gardens

  • Explore the National Museum of Australia

  • Enjoy art at the National Gallery of Australia

  • See animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium

  • Enjoy exploring the National Arboretum Canberra

  • Enjoy Namadgi hikes and walking trails

  • Spend a day at the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra

  • Spend a day at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

  • Discover a pink pond in Canberra

  • Enjoy panoramic views of Canberra from Mount Ainslie

  • Discover Black Mountain


Visit the Australian War Memorial

  • Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm

  • Entry fee: FREE

The Australian War Memorial is one of the best free things to do in Canberra. So book your free tickets to view the Australian War Memorial galleries and attend the daily Last Post Ceremony at 4:55 pm. We recommend taking a 90-minute tour there.

The Australian War Memorial commemorates Australia's war fatalities. During your visit, make sure you go upstairs to pay your respects at the monument for all those soldiers who have served our nation in wars and are no longer with us.

The Australian War Memorial also offers a world-class museum, shrine and archives that provide information about Australia's war history. It also houses a library where visitors can read war facts and the Australian War Memorial art gallery with exhibitions, artworks and large military objects. So, it is surely one of the top attractions in Canberra!


Discover Cockington Green Gardens

  • Opening hours: Daily, 9:30 am - 5 pm. Last Entry: 4:15pm

  • Entry fee, from: Adult $21; Child $12.50; Concession $15.50

Visit Cockington Green Gardens, a miniature English garden near Canberra.

What's not to love about a place that has everything? Cockington Green Gardens includes mini versions of world-renowned landmarks and buildings from dozens of countries. You can find these beautiful sights at the Cockington Green Gardens.

Located just 15 minutes north of Canberra, it’s one of the best Canberra attractions for the whole family! For your little ones, there is a steam train, plus some life-size dinosaurs hiding in bushes.


Explore the National Museum of Australia

  • Address: Lawson Cres, Acton ACT 2601

  • Opening hours: Daily, 9 am - 5 pm

  • Entry fee: FREE

The National Museum of Australia is one place you should add to your itinerary when visiting Canberra. Sitting on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra and with its stunning modern architecture that provides an extraordinary experience in exploring the rich and diverse stories from all over Australia, there are exhibits for every age group!

The kids will love exploring the National Museum rooms, which are full of information and surprising, inspirational and treasured objects from Australian history. It’s one of the best things to do in Canberra and a great school holiday activity for kids.

The Host Talk in The National Museum of Australia galleries is held 10 am - 4 pm daily.


Enjoy art at the National Gallery of Australia

  • Address: Parkes Pl E, Parkes ACT 2600

  • Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm

  • Entry fee: FREE

The National Gallery of Australia is a must-see for art lovers! It offers free entry. Sitting on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia displays Australia's largest collection of art, including the world's largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, a large Sculpture Garden and a Fern Garden.

The 11 main galleries on three levels are home to some truly amazing art pieces by many famous artists, from the Chapman Brothers to Warhol to Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. There are also many special exhibitions, oil paintings, watercolours, sculptures, drawings, book illustrations, decorative art, and more!

There's something here that will appeal to anyone who loves visual arts! The National Gallery of Australia is an art lover's paradise and one of the top Canberra activities for the whole family.


See animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium

  • Address: 999 Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla ACT 2611

  • Opening hours: Daily, 9:30 am - 5 pm

  • Entry fee, from: Adult $47; Child $26; Concession $40

The National Zoo & Aquarium is a must-see for anyone who loves animals. From red pandas to rhinos, you're sure to find all sorts of important species of Australian fauna and exotic animals at this combined zoo and aquarium in Canberra!

The animal enclosures at the National Zoo are very popular and a must-see for any nature lover. This is because they allow zoo visitors to go behind the scenes, and as it's set like a trail you can interact with a range of exotic animals and can see it all.

Meet meerkats and get up close with cheetahs, giraffes or rhinos, among other animals here at the National Zoo Canberra! It's easy to navigate with kids, prams and wheelchairs there too.

So, if you're looking to spend a fantastic day out with the kids and family when you visit Canberra, the National Zoo is definitely one of the top attractions everyone will enjoy.


Enjoy exploring the National Arboretum Canberra

  • Opening hours: Daily, 7am - 5.30pm (AEST); 6am - 8.30pm (Daylight Saving Time)

  • Entry fee: FREE

There are many things to see and do in the Australian Capital Territory, but if you're looking for excellent free outdoor activities, try out the National Arboretum in Canberra.

With the 250-hectare nature area filled with rare native and exotic trees and over 20km of walking trails, there are heaps to explore.

The National Bonsai and Penjing collections are definitely worth seeing. Kids will learn about plants in the Discovery Garden and have fun at the fantastic POD playground. There are picnic areas with panoramic viewpoints and plenty of open space to run and let off steam.

Entry to the gardens is free, but you'll need to pay a small parking fee at the carpark. So why not pack a picnic lunch and spend an afternoon enjoying nature at its finest? National Arboretum is one of the best things to do in Canberra.


Enjoy Namadgi hikes and walking trails

  • Namadgi National Park Address: Naas Rd, Tharwa ACT 2620

  • Gibraltar Falls Address: Corin Rd, Paddys River ACT 2620

  • Opening hours: 9 am - 4 pm daily

  • Entry fee: FREE

There are many beautiful hiking spots to explore in Australia's capital city. One that should be on your bucket list if you're looking for something different from the hustle and bustles outside the city is Namadgi National Park - about a 1-1.5-hour drive from Canberra city centre.

On your way to Namadgi National Park, you can visit gorgeous Gibraltar Falls and take a lovely hike that takes around 1 hour to return. Please note that

A bit further down from Gibraltar Falls, another popular hiking spot at Booroomba Rocks is at Canberra Namadgi National Park. The 1.5-hour bushwalk will take you through the tall trees before ending with stunning views over them towards the capital city.

If you visit Namadgi National Park in late July, you'll be lucky to see some snow. There are a few walks in Namadgi National Park. So grab one of the Namadgi walking tracks and enjoy the stunning views at the National Park with no distractions whatsoever.

Booroomba Rocks Carpark Address:

  • Booroomba Rocks Walk, Tennent ACT 2620


Spend a day at the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra

  • Address: 6 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls ACT 2913

  • Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm. The last admission is at 4 pm

  • Entry fee: Adult $18; Child A$11; Concession A$13

On your next Canberra trip, visit The National Dinosaur Museum. The National Dinosaur Museum is one of the top attractions for families with kids in the area. This Canberra museum was opened to the public in 1993. Since then, it has become home to 12 life-like animatronic dinosaurs, plenty of realistic replicas and dinosaur models, a nice kids' play area, and a lovely gift shop.

This National Museum offers a fun way for kids to discover about different geological Eras and prehistoric times. This cool Dinosaur Museum has a kids' play area in the garden with dinosaur replicas and is safe for the children with the safety fencing installed.

The whole family will love exploring the National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra, either during the weekend or school holidays, because this is one of the fun things to do in Canberra for families.


Spend a day at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

  • Opening hours: Daily, 9 am - 5 pm

  • Questacon entry fee: FREE for kids under 3 years of age; Adult $24.50; Child 4-16 years $18.90; Companion card - FREE

  • Book your Questacon tickets

Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre - is one of the top Canberra attractions for families with kids. Located between the High Court and the National Library on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, the National Science Centre offers over 200 hands-on exhibits, heaps of hands-on science displays and do-it-yourself experiments the kids will love!

The Technology Learning Centre at Questacon is the perfect place for kids who are eager to learn about science and technology. The Technology Centre is ideal for middle and high school kids but equally good for all ages due to its informative displays and exhibits. In addition, there are some workshops where kids can learn how to innovate with technology.

So, if your kids like experiments and love science, you're likely to spend the whole day here at the National Science and Technology Centre!


Discover a Pink Lake in Canberra

  • Opening hours: Always open

  • Entry fee: FREE

Bruce Pink Lake is a hidden gem and one of the most beautiful attractions and free things to do in Canberra. You can find it during your city walk as it's hiding among trees across the road from the University of Canberra.

The naturally pink waters make this place perfect with its gorgeous view and the ideal background for a selfie or an Instagram photo.


Enjoy panoramic views of Canberra from Mount Ainslie

  • Address: 20 Mount Ainslie Dr, Australian Capital Territory 2609

  • Opening hours: Always open

  • Entry fee: FREE

The stunning views at Mount Ainslie Lookout are not to be missed during one of your day trips to Canberra! This panoramic spot offers a bird's eye view of the capital city, set against its breathtaking backdrop - Lake Burley Griffin and Mt Stromlo.

To get to Mount Ainslie is easy: either drive or walk up from the bottom using the Mount Ainslie walking trail. It's located near the War Memorial.

So pack your camera if you're headed out on outdoor adventures with family because once we got to Mount Ainslie, there are picnic tables ready waiting where everyone can sit down together and enjoy your picnic lunch while enjoying the iconic Canberra views.


Discover Black Mountain

  • Australian National Botanic Gardens Address: Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT 2601

  • Opening hours: 8:30 am–5 pm daily

  • Gardens Entry fee: FREE

Visit Black Mountain, a beautiful National Park that offers heaps of amazing things to do in Canberra for families all year round.

If you want to enjoy Canberra's best 360-degree panoramic views, then Black Mountain National Park is the place to go. Leave the city behind and visit this beautiful park that offers amazing things to do in the capital city, including a fantastic play area for toddlers and young children in Canberra - Black Mountain Peninsula Playground.

Telstra Tower is another iconic building in Canberra, as it can be seen on the horizon from most locations and provides great photo opportunities. The Telstra Tower has been closed due to maintenance (the reopening date is TBA). There are car parks available at the top and bottom of the road, as well as a few walks around the Black Mountain area.

Black Mountain provides an opportunity to let off steam, take some spectacular photos or videos, and visit the Australian National Botanic Gardens, which are nestled in the foothills of Black Mountain. The gardens offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life while experiencing nature at its best.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canberra is the capital city of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Canberra is the capital of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

There are plenty of things to do in Canberra ACT: visit the Australian War Memorial, discover Cockington Green Gardens, explore the National Museum of Australia, enjoy art at the National Gallery of Australia, see animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium, enjoy exploring the National Arboretum Canberra, spend a day at the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra, enjoy Namadgi hikes and walking trails, spend a day at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, discover a pink pond in Canberra, enjoy panoramic views of Canberra from Mount Ainslie, discover Black Mountain and more!

Here are some of the places to see in Canberra ACT: the Australian War Memorial, Cockington Green Gardens, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Zoo & Aquarium, the National Arboretum Canberra, the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra, Namadgi hikes and walking trails, Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra's pink pond, Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain and more!

Walter Burley Griffin was an American landscape architect who designed Canberra. He is known for designing such Australian cities as Canberra ACT, Griffith NSW and Leeton NSW.

Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), is located in the southeast part of Australia and about 240 km (150 miles) southwest of Sydney. Canberra lies astride Molonglo River, with the Australian Capital Territory bordering New South Wales.

Places to go in Canberra ACT: Lake Burley Griffin, the Australian War Memorial, Cockington Green Gardens, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Zoo & Aquarium, the National Arboretum Canberra, the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra, Namadgi hikes and walking trails, Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, Jerrabomberra Wetland, Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and more!

Canberra is about 240-280 km southwest of Sydney.

Canberra time zone is Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10)

Yes, Canberra, ACT, and Melbourne, Vic, are in the same time zone (AEST, GMT+10)

Here are some things to do in Canberra ACT this weekend: visit the Australian War Memorial, discover Cockington Green Gardens, explore the National Museum of Australia, enjoy art at the National Gallery of Australia, see animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium, enjoy exploring the National Arboretum Canberra, spend a day at the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra, enjoy Namadgi hikes and walking trails, spend a day at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, discover a pink pond in Canberra, enjoy panoramic views of Canberra from Mount Ainslie, discover Black Mountain and more!

Canberra is located in the southeast part of Australia

Canberra is the federal capital of Australia

Canberra is the capital city of the Australian Capital Territory

Here are some places to visit in Canberra ACT: Lake Burley Griffin, the Australian War Memorial, Cockington Green Gardens, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Zoo & Aquarium, the National Arboretum Canberra, the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra, Namadgi hikes and walking trails, Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, Jerrabomberra Wetland, Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and more!

There are designated swimming areas in Canberra at Lake Burley Griffin: Yarralumla Beach (West Lake), Weston Park East (Tarcoola Reach) and Black Mountain Beach (Tarcoola Reach). However, you can visit many beautiful beaches near Canberra like McKenzies Beach (NSW, about a 2-hour drive from Canberra), Corrigans Beach (NSW, about a 2-hour drive from Canberra), Barlings Beach (NSW, about a 2-hour drive from Canberra), Kioloa Beach (NSW, about a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra), Bawley Beach (NSW, about a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra), Murramarang Beach (NSW, about a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra), Broulee Beach (NSW, about a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra), Pretty Beach (NSW, about a 3-hour drive from Canberra).

Canberra Zoo - National Zoo & Aquarium Entry fee: Adult $47.00; Child $26.00; Concession $40.00 To start overnight at Canberra Zoo, prices vary. For example, the GIRAFFE TREEHOUSE is $1,975/Night (4 guests); JUNGLE BUNGALOW is $2,650/Night (4 guests); SHARK GRAND SUITE is $1,595/Night (6 guests); CAPUCHIN ROOM is about $1,475 / Night (2 guests); the REEF ROOM is about $1,475/Night (3 guests).

Canberra Zoo - National Zoo & Aquarium Entry fee: Adult $47.00; Child $26.00; Concession $40.00.

There are heaps of things to do in Canberra: explore the National Arboretum Canberra, enjoy Namadgi hikes and walking trails, visit the Australian War Memorial, discover Cockington Green Gardens, explore the National Museum of Australia, enjoy art at the National Gallery of Australia, see animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium, spend a day at the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra, spend a day at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, discover a pink lake in Canberra, enjoy views from Mount Ainslie, discover Black Mountain and more!

Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre, is one of the top Canberra attractions for families with kids. It offers over 200 hands-on exhibits, heaps of hands-on science displays and DIY experiments the kids will love!

No, Canberra is the capital city of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

No, Canberra is in the Australian Capital Territory. It is located about 240 km (150 miles) southwest of Sydney, in the southeast part of Australia.

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