1. Hand feed a hyena
Not just any zoo, you can get hands-on with the animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium. Are you brave enough to hand feed a tiger, lion, bear or hyena on the Awesome Roarsome Tour, one of many experiences on offer.
2. Animal encounters
Explore local sanctuaries such as the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary where the endangered Eastern Bettong lives; go bird watching at Jerrabomberra Wetlands and visit the Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
3. Rug up
Whether it’s hot or cold outside, you can try ice skating indoors at Phillip Ice Skating Centre. For a limited time, 25 June through 11 July 2021, delight in the open air ice rink in the city centre at Wintervention. Want more of an alpine experience? Try skiing for the first time, take a toboggan down the slope or build a snowman at Corin Forest.
4. Rock out
5. Ride a segway
Pop on your helmet and explore Lake Burley Griffin on a self-balancing Segway with Seg Glide Ride. A guide will show you how to use a segway and take you on a guided tour. For riders over 12 years of age.
6. Descend at speed
Stromlo Forest Park is the ultimate active outdoor circuit – for cycling, mountain biking, running, walking or horse-riding. Bring a picnic for sustenance. Check out the other popular mountain bike destinations in the ACT such as Majura Pines, Isaac Ridge and Cotter Pines.
Back to nature
7. Go inside a pod
8. Climb a mountain
Mount Ainslie Lookout offers an impressive and well-earned view after a trek up the mountain starting behind the Australian War Memorial. You might see a kangaroo or two on your walk.
9. Platypus pursuits
Head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and explore the wetlands for an elusive platypus. You can watch the daily pelican feeding, take a hike, or watch the kangaroos from the playground.
10. Cruise on by
Grab your picnic supplies, friends and family and captain your own electric boat with GoBoats Canberra. Take a one hour cruise of Lake Burley Griffin and find out all about Canberra’s central features. The larger MV Southern Cross Cruises offers a range of sightseeing cruises from the Canberra Yacht Club in Yarralumla. In warmer months enjoy a spray from the Captain Cook Memorial Jet as you float by.
11. Drift above the city
An early start during March is the perfect time to see the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. All colours and sizes of hot air balloons take to the skies. If the wind keeps the balloons tethered to the ground, enjoy a hot breakfast and admire these massive wonders close up. Can't wait until March? You can enjoy a hot air balloon ride year round.
12. Spring blooms at the Botanic Gardens
Make sure you go for a stroll amongst blooming native flowers at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Keep an eye out for the two-storey Paperbark Treehouse which uses wood that has been preserved using charring, or "Yakisugi", a Japanese technique that forms a carbon layer on the exterior of the wood.
Play, play, play
13. Science is fun
Watch lightning strike and sit inside a house during an earthquake experience. Questacon – the National Science and Technology is always adding new and exciting exhibits and hands-on experiences.
14. Games for kids
Kingpin in the Canberra Centre is the ultimate fun playground - from bowling to karaoke, table tennis, escape rooms and more. If gaming is your style, test your skills at iPlay at Westfield Belconnen, or try out the Riddle Room to test your problem-solving abilities (note, this Escape Room can be scary for some, so it’s best for the older kids). Canberra Escape Room is another popular spot.
15. Roar with a dinosaur
Brush up on your Muttaburrasauras facts during a tour of the National Dinosaur Museum at Gold Creek Village and admire its collection of gemstones and fossils. It's not far from Cockington Green Gardens and the Canberra Reptile Zoo.
16. Spells and wizardry
Harry Potter fans will go crazy for the Quizzic Alley shop in Fyshwick with potion making events often run.
17. PlayUP at MOAD
Visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to time-warp back prior to the mid-1980s to see how pollies worked in this art-deco heritage building. Now a Museum telling Australia’s story of democracy, it provides engaging galleries including the popular PlayUP interactive family space.
18. Hit the grid, rink and course
Clock your time in the fast lane on the thrilling Power Kart Raceway track. You’ll be a Formula One driver before you know it. If fast cars are not your thing, the indoor ice skating rink may appeal (its synthetic surface means not need for puffer jackets and gloves). Failing that, there's a fun glow-in-the-dark mini golf course.
19. Tee off
Try out the 36-hole Canberra-themed mini golf course at Yarralumla Play Station. Little ones will also love the miniature train and petting zoo here.
Something a bit different
20. Through the hourglass
21. Retail therapy
22. A tiny life
See a whole community of miniature buildings, people, animals and adventures at Cockington Green Gardens. Don’t miss the details – look closely to see what those tiny people are doing.
23. Reflection time
Book at time to explore the Australian War Memorial - the Last Post Ceremony at the end of the day is particularly moving.
24. Autumn lights
Enlighten is a spectacular display of architectural projections on our iconic attractions, plus music, yummy food and surprises along the way.
25. Celebrate Australia
There are loads of activities especially designed for kids at the national attractions.
26. Search the stalls
Refill the tummies
27. For burger buffs
28. Fancy food hall dining?
Kids want pizza, you want ramen? Verity Lane Market at the rear of the Sydney Building off London Circuit in the city offers food hall dining, ensuring everyone can choose what they want to eat and go home happy.
29. Sweet treats
You scream, I scream, we all scream Gelato Messina! Located both in Braddon and Kingston, it's your go to for ice cream heaven.
For lovers of fresh and tasty dumplings, CBD Dumpling House produces thousands of dumplings a day. You can also watch the chefs at work.
There are plenty of great ideas for family accommodation in Canberra, including self-contained apartments and budget options. Search Canberra accommodation or talk to the friendly team at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.
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