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Published July 27th 2016
(Enjoy this list of fun family-friendly attractions
Just under three hours drive from Sydney, Canberra is the perfect weekend escape trip or day trip that the whole family will enjoy. The list below includes an ultimate list of family-friendly attractions that will make your visit to Canberra a delight:
When: All year round. Where: Albert St, Canberra Cost: Free Details: Popular with the locals, Commonwealth Park is the perfect way to relax, enjoy a family picnic and let the kids run wild. There is plenty to do and see with bike and walking trails, feeding ducks at the ponds, a number of playground areas including the stone playground with tunnels, ladders, and towers to climb. Click here for website.
2. The National Zoo & Aquarium When: All year round: 9:30am-5pm (Closed Christmas Day) Where: Lady Denman Drive, next to Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla
Cost: Adults: $40pp, Children (4-15yrs): $23pp & Family (2 adults up to 3 children): $110
Details: The kids will love this attraction with two attractions in one, this is a must add to the family-friendly fun attractions list! Explore the world of native and exotic animals including an aquarium filled with marine life. There are animal encounters to be enjoyed, many picnic areas to enjoy and much more fun. For more information see my article or click here for website.
3. The National Dinosaur Museum
When: All year round: 10am-5pm
Where: 6 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls
Cost: Adults: $16pp, Children: $9.50pp & Family of four: $45pp
Details: Complete with 23 skeletons and over 300 different displays of fossils, this museum is the perfect family-friendly attraction and of course a must see for Jurassic Park fans! There are plenty of exhibitions to see, including the Dinosaur Garden where life-like fibreglass dinosaur models come alive! Click here for website.
4. Canberra Walk-in Aviary
When: All year round: 10am-4pm (Closed on Christmas Day & on days that are over 32 degrees)
Where: Unit 13, 26 O'Hanlon Place, Nicholls
Cost: Adults: $12pp, Children (4-16yrs): $9pp & Family of four: $38pp
Details: This fun, exciting as well as up-close and personal experience is a must do. You will be given a plate of food each upon entry and once inside the massive 1000sqm aviary you will be greeted to over 500 birds from 22 species of birds doing their thing. You can feed, pat and admire these adorable creatures as you walk around the aviary. Click here for my article & click here for website.
5. The National Arboretum
When: All year round: 6am-8:30pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Where: Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek
Cost: Free entry- parking starts from $2- see website for parking prices.
Details: Home to 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. There are cycling tracks and nature walks, picnic spots as well as play areas to enjoy. The Village Centre is a hive of activity with a café serving treats and a giant acorn cubby houses and banksia-shaped pods in the playground for the kids. Click here for website.
Saying hello to the cute animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium.
When: All year round: 9am-5pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Where: King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Adults: $23pp, Children: $17.50 & Family 2 adults up to 3 children):$70
Details: With over 200 interactive exhibits, there is no shortage of family-friendly fun here. There is something for all ages including adults to enjoy like sliding down a 6 metre slide, interact with an intelligent robot, feel the force of an earthquake under your feet and more. Click here for website.
7. Royal Australian Mint
When: All year round: 8:30am-5pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Where: Denison St, Deakin
Details: There is plenty of fun to experience with activities including the Mint Treasure Hunt, witness robots in action, discover the Holey Dollar & Dump, witness staff working from large glass windows, make your own mint, explore the exhibits and more. Click here for website.