Canberra for Young and Old(er)

Canberra for Young and Old(er)

Planning a short break for the whole family can present some hurdles to overcome. Striking a delicate balance between keeping the kids entertained and the adults stimulated is the way to go.

Here’s our suggestions for activities in Canberra precincts that provide something enjoyable for everyone.

  1. Fyshwick

    For the kids

    If you’re planning on tackling the slopes this year or want to save yourself a trip to the ski resorts, Vertikal Indoor Snow Slopes is the perfect place to find your ski-legs. With specialised coaches, your little ones will be in safe hands, and pick up skills that will stick with them for life. And minus cold, wet gloves.

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  2. For the grown-ups

    Dirty Janes is the city’s new repository for collectors, vintage lovers and house-proud folk alike. If you are looking to score a one-off piece or something quirky as a talking piece, head straight to Dirty Jane’s Canberra warehouse in Fyshwick.

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  3. For the whole family

    Capital Brewing might not sound like the perfect lunch spot with kids but trust us. With a play area and lawn games (or a fireplace inside for the chillier days) and the Brodburger van dishing up Baby Brods, there’s plenty to do while adults enjoy libations responsibly.

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  4. Braddon

    For the kids

    On the hunt for a retro Looney Tunes t-shirt? Need some acetate sunglasses in your life? Teenagers are in for a treat with the shopping available on Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Lost Vintage is home to unique jewellery and vintage clothes, while Blonde Concept store is your go-to for treats in every colour of the rainbow.

  5. For the grown-ups

    For homewares that you will treasure forever, head to Bison Homewares. From ceramics, to vase and votives, even dog bowls are available in a variety of colours. A warning: once you’ve visited Bison, you’ll notice their signature curved edges and their namesake imprint at many eateries around the capital, and your desire to own their pieces for yourself will only deepen.

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  6. For the whole family

    Frugii Dessert Laboratory is the best stop for a treat after a long day of sightseeing. Fans of ice cream classics won’t be disappointed with vanilla bean, dark chocolate and salted caramel on the board year-round. Wanting to be a little more adventurous? You’ll need to swing by to see what seasonal flavours are available – past favourites have included truffle, durian… even Pialligo Estate bacon.

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  7. Parliamentary Triangle

    For the kids

    The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is a treasure trove of history, with something to be discovered for all ages. After you’ve made your way through on one of their timed sessions, head out to the Gardens to surround yourself in nature, just minutes from the city centre.

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  8. For the grown-ups

    The National Portrait Gallery houses the faces of Australians whose stories you know and those you want to learn more about. Book in for one of their timed exhibition sessions and make your way around the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 to make up for all that time spent away from galleries and museums.

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  9. For the whole family

    Wander down around the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden to see what you can find. Popular photo spots include a selfie in Burt Flugelman’s Cones and against the walls of James Turrell’s Within, Without.

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