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The Top 5 Things to Do in Canberra

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by C Walton (subscribe)
Thinking up things to do in Adelaide, and making life a bit more fun.
Published April 19th 2012
When Canberra boasts titles like 'the most federal buildings in Australia' some people think it can be hard to have a good time. Once you start to look around the streets of Canberra you'll find interesting places and activities throughout the city, day or night.

1. Questacon
Questacon is a giant building filled with science activities, talking robots and information about the latest technology. Adults and kids will all have fun here. Some of the displays include an Earthquake simulator and six-metre high free fall slide. Questacon not only offers fun activities but makes learning science a whole lot cooler for the kids. With riddling science challenges and science experiments to explore, Questacon is definitely a must when it comes to things to do in Canberra.

The foyer at Questacon


Questacon is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. An adult ticket will cost $20, children between the ages of 4-16 years cost $15 and a family ticket (2 adults 3 children) will cost $6. Check out their website for more info.

2. National Gallery of Australia
A 3 minute drive away from Questacon lies the National Gallery of Australia, holding more than 120,000 pieces of artwork and sculptures. The National Gallery has artworks from some of the world's most famous artists, including the controversially purchased Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock, and works from Picasso and Monet. The gallery usually has an exhibition on, which showcases a particular artist, period, or style. Some of the current and upcoming exhibitions are, 'Out Of The West', 'Renaissance' and 'Penguins and Ice'.

A familiar sight at the National Gallery


The gallery is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm throughout the day. Entry to the National Gallery is free, some exhibitions do require the purchase of tickets. Check out the website for more info.

3. The War Memorial
The War Memorial is located on Treloar Crescent just off of Limestone Avenue. The war memorial is brilliant for both kids and adults, and searching for a relative or a very old friend on the role of honour can be a very moving experience. You can tour through the small model scenes of the war or marvel at the gigantic fighter planes. Kids will have fun in the model life like submarine or the army helicopter with sounds and lights. Get a feel of what it would've been like to live in the trenches and search for mines. Pay you respects and buy or bring you own poppy and place it next to a soldiers name. The war memorial is the most amazing place to visit and understand what the war was like and how brave soldiers have been.

The War Memorial is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. Admission is free but some exhibitions and tours will require the purchase of tickets. You can find out more information on the website.

The sun hitting the War Memorial


4. Black Mountain Tower
Previously known as the Telstra Tower, the Black Mountain Tower rises 195 metres above Black Mountain. Step inside to the huge white room and look at a tiny model of the black tower. Once you are up in the black tower you can sit down at the cafe (Alto) and enjoy a drink at the bar or a cake at the cafe. Walk through the gift shop or sit down and enjoy the view of Canberra. Press your face up against the glass and try to scope out significant buildings. It's worth a trip at both day and night, as the views are always spectacular and each has its own charm.

The Black Mountain Tower is open from 9:00am to 10:00pm every day of the year. An adult ticket will cost $7.50, children under 4 are free, children between the ages of 4-6 will cost $3.00 and a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) will cost $5. To find out more visit the Black Mountain Tower website.

5. Visit the Theatre
Although it's fun to walk around the streets of Canberra. Finding and sitting down at a theatre or show to relax after a busy day might just be the thing for you. You might feel like watching a family show such as the amazing performances of the Circus Oz-From The Ground Up.This stunt defying crew will stretch your imagination and show you tricks never before seen. You might like to take the kiddies to a fun theatre show such as: High 5, Dora The Explorer Live, Scooby Doo Live, Elmo's World Tour or James and the Giant Peach.

If you are a lover of ballet or old fairy tales you might want to book tickets for Sleeping Beauty performed by the Imperial Russian Ballet Company. The Nutcracker On Ice is also on, performed by The Imperial Ice Stars.

For others that enjoy adult comedies recent shows include: Busting Out, Star Wars Burlesque: The Empire Strips Back or Lenny Henry - Cradle To Rave.

There is always something to do in Canberra, whether you are experiencing a fake earthquake or leaning over the rail of a 195 metre building.
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Why? Don't listen to people who say Canberra isn't fun
When: It varies from place to place
Where: All around Canberra
Cost: Generally free
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