Canberra is a lovely place to visit year-round, and despite what you may think, winter is no exception. Many of our lovely guests visiting over winter come from warmer areas of Australia and enjoy experiencing a ‘proper winter’. This is especially appealing when you have a warm, comfortable, spacious apartment to return to at the end of a big day of exploring.
Winter is also a great time to visit Canberra because there are so many activities going on. Check out our top 5 family-friendly activities in Canberra this school holidays. There is sure to be something for everyone!
1. Discover nature at its finest at Tidbinbilla
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an active family day out that’s sure to impress the whole family. The diverse reserve is home to a wide range of animals including kangaroos, koalas, platypus, wombats, echidnas, emus, and many other birds and reptiles. Tidbinbilla offers a program of events over the school holidays, see here for more details.
Above images from https://www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au/experience/wildlife
2. Take a trip to prehistoric times at the National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens are conveniently located just a 5 minute drive from the city centre and are a great place to visit year round. There are many great walking trails and over the winter school holidays, an event called DinotraX is on, where you follow the tracks on a dinosaur adventure trail through the Gardens and the National Dinosaur Museum. This is a very exciting activity for young ones (and old) who love dinosaurs, and it’s free to visit the Botanic Gardens making it a great family-friendly activity. Click here for more information.
3. Learn a new skill at the National Arboretum
National Arboretum Canberra is a beautiful place to visit, the unique pod playground is sure to be a hit with the kids! Over July, there are lots of special activities on including guided bike rides and bike maintenance workshops, a fairy hunt through the 100-year-old Cork Oak Forest, family orienteering and learning how to use a map, and an event called Warm Tree 2019 which includes knitted installations and drop in knitting sessions. Click here for more details and to book.
4. Hit the slopes at Corin Forrest
Corin Forrest is just a 45 minute drive from the centre on Canberra and provides a snow experience without the travel (and for a fraction of the price). You can choose to book in for ski school lessons or if you are more confident you can simply buy a ticket and hire the gear, then hit the slopes. Corin Forrest is guaranteed to be a great day out for the whole family. Click here for more details and to book.
5. Take a trip to space via Questacon
This winter, Questacon has an after hours winter spectacular from 10 - 13 July, 5:30 - 9:30 pm. A great family-friendly activity with lots of space themed activities, star gazing and a glowing food court. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
So what are you waiting for? There’s something for everyone in Canberra over the winter school holidays, book your Canberra visit now! You might also be interested in visiting the Monet exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia while you’re here.