WHAT TO DO
Take a trip around the globe at Cockington Green Gardens, home to intricate displays of tiny hand-crafted buildings from more than 30 nations. From Scotland’s Braemer Castle to Peru’s Machu Picchu, marvel at the attention to detail in every creation - many of which take thousands of hours to handmake. Take a miniature steam train ride through the gardens and keep an eye out for humourous inclusions in each display, including a streaking cricketer and The Stig visiting a famous landmark.
Young archaeologists and dino fans will love the National Dinosaur Museum that celebrates these prehistoric creatures. Learn how dinosaurs evolved, take a selfie in the sculpture garden, and test your nerves staring into the eyes of a 20m long animatronic T-Rex that can move, roar, blink and breathe.
WHERE TO GO
Come face to face with some of Australia's largest, deadliest and most colourful reptiles at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Meet a friendly python during a reptile encounter experience, learn about critters from a variety of environments, and see fossils illustrating how these creatures have evolved over the centuries.
Surround yourself with beautiful bird song and colourful feathered-friends at the Canberra Walk In Aviary. Home to over 250 parrots and 250 finches, quails and pheasants, you can feed the free-flying birds at this large, planted aviary.
Art lovers will be in heaven as they wander through the Aarwun Gallery or the Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery, both long-time galleries at Gold Creek.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Gold Creek Village, you’ll find self-contained apartments welcoming you at Abode Gungahlin. With everything you need to enjoy a stress-free holiday with the whole family including kitchenettes, laundry facilities, and sofa beds this affordable accommodation on the doorstep of Gungahlin's shopping and restaurant precinct.
WHERE TO EAT
Destined to bring out the Willy Wonka fan in you, the Lolly Shop sells a sweet selection of all your childhood faves including freckles, Dutch salted liquorice, Reece’s pieces and the entire range of Jelly Belly jelly beans. Follow dessert with more dessert at Stripey Sundae, an idyllic little ice-creamery that serves up scoops of homemade flavours.
After that sugar hit, settle down for a relaxing cuppa at Adore Tea and choose from their 300 blends of quality loose leaf tea. They have a kids menu with good old fashioned favourites like frog in the pond and there’s even play equipment where the kids can work off their sugar hangover.
For your classic pub classics cooked to perfection head to the old English pub, the George Harcourt Inn. Featuring Tudor décor, grab a seat in the outdoor beer garden and enjoy a hearty meal. Long-time favourite Café Injoy is another café that is a favourite with the locals, renowned for its delightful brunch options and Devonshire tea.
Canberra is known for its convenience, with great attractions, accommodation, award-winning dining and shopping grouped into handy precincts, located both north and south of Canberra's centrepiece Lake Burley Griffin. Explore each precinct and discover more than you expect from art-inspired neighbourhoods to foodie hubs.