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  • Canberra War Memorial
    Canberra War Memorial
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    Canberra

Canberra holidays with kids

Australia's capital city, Canberra is a modern, vibrant, active city set in beautiful parkland, often undeservedly overlooked by families who head straight to Sydney, Melbourne or the Gold Coast.  Just 3.5 hours drive or a short 45 minute flight from Sydney, Canberra's dry climate with four distinct seasons (cool in winter, warm-hot in Summer) is ideal for exploring the many family attractions this city has to offer with plenty of fun activities to keep children of all ages entertained.

Many of Canberra's top attractions are free, or have low admission prices, and the well-planned city layout means that you are often no more than 10 minutes away from wherever you want to go.  There is a good bus system, but we recommend hiring a car to make the most of your visit.

Got the time and energy to venture further afield? Canberra is also a fantastic base to explore the wider region - the beautiful beaches of the South Coast, historic townships and the famous Snowy Mountains where you can ski in winter, walk or mountain bike in summer.


Families Will Love

  • Australian War Memorial - ranked 3rd in Trip Advisor's 2013 Top 10 Australian Landmarks, the Australian War Memorial is one of the world's great museums.  Built to commemorate those Australians who have died in war, this fascinating museum shares with families the many Australian war stories and experiences with amazing model battlefields and extensive, real memorabilia from guns, uniforms and even aircraft!
  • Questacon - Australia's National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon will provide hours of entertainment for your budding scientist, tech-head, or anyone with an interest in how stuff works!  With over 200 hands-on exhibits, visitors of all ages will be enthralled as they journey through the wonderful world of science.
  • Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex - part of NASA's Deep Space Network, this complex is dominated by the giant antenna dishes sending data to and from spacecraft exploring planets millions and billions of kilometres from Earth.  Just a 45 minute drive from Canberra, and located in the beautiful Tidbinbilla valley, discover the latest news and images from across the universe.
  • National Museum of Australia - come and see some of the Nation's most popular and important items including Phar Lap's heart and the Holden Prototype No. 1, as well as many significant artefacts from Australia's indigenous history.  With loads of hands-on exhibits and in a spectacularly designed building, kids of all ages will enjoy this important museum situated right on Lake Burley Griffin.
  • Canberra Reptile Zoo - come and meet some of Australia's largest, deadliest and most colourful reptiles!  The "Snake Tales" programme provides a hands-on opportunity to meet a friendly python up close.
  • Sports - for sporty families, Canberra provides endless opportunities and facilities for you to flex your muscles, big or small!  Hire bikes and cycle on the dedicated bike paths around Lake Burley Griffin; go rockclimbing at Canberra Indoor Rockclimbing; play golf at the Canberra International Golf Centre or cyber-golf at the Cyber Bunker; swim, fish and bush-walk at Cotter Avenue recreation area; or even train alongside Olympians at the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre. Take a tour of the Australian Institute of sport

Facts for Families


Main Airports: Canberra Airport
Time Zones: GMT + 10
Peak Travel Periods: Spring and Autumn
Off Peak Travel Periods: Winter and Summer
Vaccines Required: None
Weather: Hot and Cold climate
Currency: Australian Dollar


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