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Top 10 Things To Do In Canberra Over School Holidays

Looking for fun family activities to do over the September school holidays? With plenty of exciting things to do in Canberra, you’ll have no trouble keeping the kids entertained over the break. Read on to discover our top 10 attractions that are perfect for families to enjoy. 

1. National Zoo & Aquarium 

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The National Zoo & Aquarium is welcoming visitors with many of their Close Encounter Tours available to the public. Don't miss out on the chance to get up close and very personal with some of the world's most endangered animals. For a truly unforgettable experience book an Awesome Roarsome Tour where you get the chance to hand feed a tiger, lion, bear and hyena! Bookings are essential. 

Located at 999 Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla ACT 2611

Open every day from 9:30am – 5pm

More info here


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Enjoy a breath of fresh air while you enjoy a smooth sailing adventure on your very own electric picnic boat. With a maximum of 8 people per boat, GoBoat invites you to welcome family, friends, the kids even your pet dogs aboard! There’s simply no better way to explore the vast Lake Burley Griffin and create lasting memories with your family or friends. Bring along your own food beverages or purchase GoBoat’s pre-made packs to the shopping cart when booking so you can enjoy an afternoon snack whilst you take in the stunning Canberra sunset.  

Located at Jetty 2 & 3, 8 Trevillian Quay, Kingston ACT 2604

Open Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm 

More info here

3. Alpaca Magic 

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Canberra’s inner city and enjoy a day out with the family on the 250-acres of prime rural farmland known as Alpaca Magic. As well as breeding and selling quality Alpacas, Llamas and Donkeys, they also host a number of fun-filled tours for anyone looking to get a personal experience with the animals.  Join the team at Alpaca Magic for a Llama stroll through the picturesque countryside with these incredibly rare and exotic animals. Listen to your experienced guide and learn how to gain a Llama's trust before you embark on your one-hour farm stroll! 

Located at 2771 Sutton Rd, Sutton NSW 2620

Open every day please see event schedule for dates and times

More info here

4. Questacon 

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Questacon is looking forward to welcoming visitors to a new experience of interactive exhibits, science shows and other activities. Introducing a new immersive guided-tour 'Mission to Mars' as a fun and different way to explore Questacon like never before. In this 90-minute mission, you will get to join the Questanauts to experience your first Marsquake and the many challenges that come with living on this dynamic red planet. Make sure to pre-book your tickets!

Located at King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600

Open every day from 9am – 5pm

More info here

5. Cockington Green Gardens 

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Have the world at your feet (literally!). Cockington Green Gardens is one of Canberra’s unique attractions to entertain adults and children of all ages. Venture into this delightful display of meticulously hand-crafted miniature buildings from around the world. Complete your experience with a ride on the miniature steam train. After the tour treat yourself and the family to drinks and snacks in the newly refurbished Rose Room. 

Located at 11 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls ACT 2913

Open every day from 9:30am – 5pm 

More info here

6. Frugii Dessert Laboratory

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If you’re a lover of ice cream with an adventurous palette then Frugii Dessert Laboratory is well-worth the visit. To say Frugii’s molecular gastronomic concoctions excite the taste buds would be an understatement. John Marshall, owner and the brains behind Frugii’s daringly creative menu of ice cream flavours is forever experimenting, combing the art of food and science to create new flavours that truly push the boundaries in terms of ice cream alchemy. Next time you’re in Braddon, why not try some of their award-winning flavours including “Vegemite on Sourdough”, “Roasted Cauliflower with Rose Harissa”, “Guinness”, “Gin and Tonic”, “Black Pudding and Chocolate”. It’s time to get your Frugii on!

Located at inside the ORI building at 28-30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ACT 2612

Open every day from 12pm-11pm 

More info here 

7. Canberra Walk-in Aviary

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Discover the extensive collection of exotic feathery friends in the 1000 square metre Canberra’s very own walk-in aviary. Upon entry, all visitors are given a small plate of food and tub of mealworms that they can use to lure the birds to your arm, shoulder or even your head. Admire the vibrant colouring of the beautiful lorikeets, parrots, finches, budgies, doves and even the exotic golden pheasant from China. The kids will absolutely love this treasure trove of exotic species!

Located at Greengold Nursery Federation Square at 18 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT 2913

Open every day from 10am – 4:30pm 

More info at here

8. Australian National Botanic Gardens


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Make your next outing with the family both fun and educational experience by enjoying a relaxing stroll through the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Take a stroll through the rainforest-like garden and learn all there is to know about the impressive collection of native plants. After exploring the Rainforest Gully, Sydney Flora Garden, Eucalypt Lawn or the Red Centre Garden take refuge from the sun in the Pollen Café, a delightfully charming café set in the heart of the gardens. Enjoy a quality coffee and heart-warming meal whilst relaxing under the large canopy trees. 

Located at Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT 2601

Open every day from 8:30am – 5pm 

More info at here 

9. National Arboretum Canberra

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There’s no better place to explore Canberra’s great outdoors than the National Arboretum. Explore the 94 beautifully manicured gardens featuring a reflective pond, outdoor sculptures, and the living artwork of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection. This 250-hectare site is ideal for a leisurely walk, jog, cycle, or even a family picnic to admire the vast botanical beauty of the grounds. 

Located at Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley ACT 2611

Open everyday, the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection is open from 9am - 4pm

More info here

10. National Dinosaur Museum

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Transport back in time to Jurassic times with a trip to the National Dinosaur Museum. There is plenty to see and learn at the museum with over 23 complete skeletons and over 300 fossil displays. Roam through the new interactive dinosaur garden to get an up-close and personal look at these magnificent prehistoric animals. Explore the newly re-developed Dinosaur Garden with replica animatronic dinosaurs that move, roar, blink and breathe! The kids will have plenty of fun whilst learning all they need to know about these prehistoric giants. Make sure you pre-book your visit online today.

Located at 6 Gold Greek Road, Nicholls ACT 2913

Open 10am – 5pm every day

More info here 

Make it feel like a holiday and book a stay in the Avenue Hotel, your ideal Canberra hotel complete with everything you need to make the family feel right at home. Set in the heart of Braddon, this hotel will position you close to all the action so you enjoy quality family time jampacked with fun activities.