You could spend a whole day in the quaint Gold Creek Village in Canberra’s north wandering through galleries, attractions, cafes and boutique stores.
Just a short drive from the city centre, Gold Creek is home to an exciting array of attractions including Cockington Green Gardens, the Canberra Reptile Zoo, the Canberra Walk-in Aviary and the National Dinosaur Museum.
Since opening in 1979, Cockington Green Gardens has continued to delight visitors young and old with its meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens.
The park is constantly growing with the popular addition of the international display area, which complements the original English Village and its beautifully established gardens. While in the park, visit the Rose Room indoor exhibition, jump on the Miniature Steam Train for a ride, enjoy a coffee in the Parsons Nose Garden Cafe, or bring a picnic lunch.
The whole family will enjoy a visit to the Canberra Walk in Aviary, home to about 550 free-flying birds representing 58 different species from Australia and around the world, and the chance to meet geckos, lace monitors, crocodiles, pythons, turtles and blue tongue lizards at the Canberra Reptile Zoo.
Your kids can also roar with the dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum. You’ll find robotic dinosaurs, life-like models, skeleton, and hundreds of fossils and minerals on display. Experience the museum with a guided tour or let your children take part in a Dinosaur Hunt challenge.
There are lots of boutique shops to explore in Gold Creek selling everything from old fashioned lollies and toys, to furniture and fashion.
Gold Creek’s Aarwun Gallery has an eclectic display of paintings and works from some of Australia’s leading artists. The gallery also features glassworks as well as a diverse range of ceramics, woodwork, stone and bronze.
After seeing the sights, relax in one of the cafes and restaurants such as Adore Tea. The tea house offers more than 300 blends of quality loose leaf tea and an impressive selection of tea ware from around the world. And the whole family will be happy after a visit to Stripey Sundae, a delightful little ice cream shop selling the most delicious homemade ice cream made in Canberra using premium ingredients. Or why not grab a drink after your busy day of exploring at the old English pub, the George Harcourt Inn?