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10 capital ideas for things to do in Canberra with kids

Fun activities to fill your Canberran holiday itinerary.

Canberra might have a reputation for being Australia’s quiet capital, but this unassuming city has more to offer than just Parliament House.

Steeped in culture and full of outdoor activities, whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained here.

Keep reading if you don’t believe us… and keep reading if you do.

Top things to do in Canberra with kids

Canberra Weekday Balloon Flight

Canberra Weekday Balloon Flight from Viator

Balloon Aloft

Highlights:
  • Float over Canberra city centre and enjoy breathtaking aerial views from your hot air balloon.
  • This ride lasts for between 45 minutes and an hour.
  • Discounts are available for children under 12 when accompanied by a full-paying adult.
From AUD

$330.00 (adult) or $240.00 (child)

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Australian Institute of Sport Tour

Australian Institute of Sport Tour from Viator

Australian Institute of Sport

Highlights:
  • Learn about the facilities and the athletes showcased in the Australian Institute of Sport in this 90-minute guided tour.
  • View athletic training facilities up close and, if you’re lucky, you might even witness world class athletes training at the institution.
  • Tours run four times daily.
From AUD

$19.00 (adult) or $11 (child)

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3infun Canberra, including Questacon from Viator

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Highlights:
  • Visit three of Canberra’s top attractions with one pass. The attractions included in this pass are Questacon, Cockington Green Gardens and the Australian Institute of Sport.
  • The pass is valid for one year and includes single entrance into each of the three attractions.
  • Discounts are available for children under 12 when accompanied by a full-paying adult.
From AUD

$45.00 (adult) or $29 (child)

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Thredbo or Perisher Weekend Snow Trip

Thredbo or Perisher Weekend Snow Trip from Viator

Weekend snow trip booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Take the kids on a weekend snow trip to the nearby resorts of Thredbo or Perisher.
  • Pick-up is available from Canberra or Sydney and includes two nights’ accommodation in Snowy Valley Resort, return shuttle to and from the resorts, national park fees, a three course dinner and daily breakfast.
  • Equipment rental and lift pass purchase is available on site or at the nearby resorts.
From AUD

$249.00 per person

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Top 6 things to do for free in Canberra

  • As Canberra is the nation’s capital, you must visit Parliament House. If nothing else, it has an amazing view from its rooftop.
  • Pay your respects at the Australian War Memorial. The site features galleries, the eternal flame and the tomb of the lost soldier. Free tours of the galleries are conducted daily.
  • Visit the National Gallery and check out the events on for children
  • Climb Canberra’s local Mount Ainslie for breathtaking views over the city.
  • Shop for an array of unique gifts, souvenirs and homewares from the old bus depot markets.
  • Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin for spectacular views of the lake and its surrounding parklands.

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