Parks & Playground in Canberra
The Giant Mushroom – When you visit the Belconnen food markets you won’t be able to miss the six metre high pink, yellow and blue mushroom towering over a fantastic adventure playground. A great place to take a break with the kids from your shopping.
Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, Lathlain St, Belconnen 2617 www.belconnenmarkets.com.au
Australian National Botanical Gardens
Here at the Australian National Botanical Gardens you can indulge yourself in the diverse array of rare and beautiful plants. You can hear the birds singing as you wind your way along the many paths that take you through the amazing gardens. You feel further away from the city with every step. The gardens have free guided walks daily(see picture above) and there is also an amazing bookstore for you to browse through many of the nature publications. Husdons Café is a great place to unwind with indoor or outdoor dining. www.anbg.gov.au
Black Mountain Peninsula
Enjoy 22.2 hectares of foreshore parkland on the north western side of Lake Burley Griffin. This peninsula surrounding Black Mountain was designed for enjoying the parklands, biked paths, picnic areas and the lake. There is a boat launching ramp for non-powered crafts so sailing is a popular activity here. You can swim, take a walk or picnic by the foreshore. There are playgrounds and picnic facilities.
Set on the Murrumbidgee River this is a great destination for bushwalking, swimming, fishing or for a picnic. There is a great children’s playground – the children will love splashing around the river, running through the gorgeous nature or challenging themselves on the wonderful playground here.
Fadden Pines Playground
A wonderful adventure playground set in one of Canberra’s family suburbs. There is plenty of room for the kids to run amongst the trees and a great place to bring your skateboard. Bbq and picnic facilities provided.
Fadden Pines Playground - Bugden Ave, Fadden, ACT 2904 visitcanberra.com.au
Kids Friendly Restaurants
Rodney’s Nursery : Rodney’s serves breakfast, lunch and an all day menu with a range of sensational cakes, biscuits and Devonshire teas. The café is very family friendly – a great place for kids to enjoy the surrounds as well as find something yummy to eat.
24 Beltana Rd, Pialligo ACT 2609 www.rodneys.com.au
Brodburger started operating out of a little red caravan as a mobile hamburger van around Canberra’s civic centre. It is now set up permanently at the Canberra Glassworks and is an extremely popular destination with the little red caravan a permanent fixture out the front. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner you can wonder around glassworks while waiting for your take-away order or take your food down by the lake.
Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604 brodburger.com.au
Keeping the Kid’s Entertained in Canberra
Many of Canberra’s major attractions are free and there are plenty of awesome things to do to keep children of all ages entertained. In Canberra you can purchase a ’3-in-fun’ ticket from Canberra and Region Visitors Centre. This gives you access to Questacon (National Science Center), Cockington Green Gardens and the Australian Institute of Sport. Or hire a bike and see Canberra on wheels –cycle the many bike paths around the lakes in Canberra. You can visit Tidbinilla Nature Reserve and try to spot the rare rock wallabies and the Corroboree frog!
Tidbinbilla – www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au
Cockington Green Gardens – www.cockingtongreen.com.au
This is a working farm nestled at the base at the base of the beautiful and iconic Black Mountain. You can see sheepdogs in action, sheep shearing and wool classing. Here you can also enjoy a rural BBQ lunch.
Gold Creek Village
Here at the Gold Creek Village you can wonder through galleries but you must visit the Cockington Green Gardens, the Reptile Center(the kids will love it) and the National Dinosaur Museum. Honestly, kids of all ages are intrigued and marvel when they see the dinosaur exhibits. Gold Creek Village is only a short drive from the city centre. There are BBQ facilities and there is a café there for you to enjoy as well.
Grand Prix Karting
Indoor go-kart racing around a 200m indoor safe track is a great way to keep the kids and the parents happy. Loads of fun and there are BBQ facilities and a café.
If you happen to be visiting Canberra in the Summer months then heading to the Manuka Pool will allow you to enjoy the art deco architecture and of course swim in the beautiful pools. The historic Manuka Pool was completed in 1930. It is an amazing historic display of art deco style. Set on two hectares of grassland you can enjoy the 30 metre main pool, a toddlers pool and the kids love the ‘SS Red Duck” Pirate Ship playground.
National Museum of Australia should not be missed if visiting Canberra. It hosts some of the nation’s most famous and significant treasures including Phar Lap’s heart and also the first prototype of the Holden car. It also houses many special artifacts from Australia’s Indigenous history – always so wonderful, historical and important to see.