the ultimate family day out
Gold Creek Village in Canberra’s north is the definition of a family day out. With plenty of attractions, adventures for kids, and speciality stores – all within easy walking distance – you’ll could easily spend a whole weekend in this charming precinct.
All things great and small
With 40 years of meticulous craftsmanship on show, Cockington Green Gardens delights visitors with its focus on all things small – particularly its handcrafted miniature buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens. To walk around these gardens is to take a trip around the world taking in displays of iconic sights from over 30 different countries. Take a ride on the miniature steam train or enjoy a bite to eat in the Parsons Nose Garden Cafe.
From the very small to the very big, the National Dinosaur Museum is well worth a visit for every dino-fanatic and future archaeologist. Marvel at the robotic dinosaurs, life-like models and skeletons, and enjoy the hundreds of fossils and minerals on display. Enjoy a guided tour or challenge your kids with the Dinosaur Hunt challenge.
Get up close and personal with beautiful feathered friends at the large, leafy Canberra Walk In Aviary. Home to almost 400 free-flying birds species the kids will love the chance to feed them and cute photos are guaranteed.
If meeting 400 types of birds isn’t enough, at Gold Creek Village you can also meet geckos, pythons, turtles, blue tongue lizards and more at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Come face to face with some of Australia's largest, deadliest and most colourful reptiles or pet a python.
Art enthusiasts will enjoy a visit the Aarwun Gallery. With a rich and eclectic display of paintings, the gallery boasts heritage treasures from some of Australia’s leading artists such as Norman Lindsay and Pro Hart, as well as exquisite dot works from the Warlukurlungu Indigenous community. The gallery also features glassworks, ceramics and sculptures.
Shopping and sweet treats
There are lots of sweet and quirky shops to explore in Gold Creek, selling everything from old fashioned lollies and toys to furniture and fashion.
Shop up a storm, then relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants such as Adore Tea. The premium destination in Canberra for tea lovers, Adore Tea offers more than 300 blends of quality loose leaf tea and an impressive selection of tea-ware from around the world. Other popular dining spots include Thumper & Miss Bunny and Cafe Injoy.
Another Gold Creek Village hotspot is the Lolly Shop. Destined to bring out the Willy Wonka in you, the Lolly Shop sells a sweet selection of all your childhood favourites including freckles, Dutch salted liquorice, Reece’s Pieces and the entire range of Jelly Belly jelly beans.
After your busy day exploring, why not grab a drink at the old English pub, the George Harcourt Inn? Their large covered beer garden is popular all year round and the open fireplace is a fantastic spot to cosy up with a beverage in hand.
At Gold Creek Village and Canberra, you never know what unexpected delights are waiting around the corner. Discover more of our terrific attractions and get set for the perfect getaway.