Canberra Bucketlist - fun things to do for free!

1.) Australian War Memorial
A must see Canberra attraction! The War Memorial has many interactive exhibits, free tours and a discovery zone for kids. There is also a dusk ceremony every evening that is sure move you to tears.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://www.awm.gov.au

2.) The Arboretum
One of Canberra’s most beautiful locations! There are numerous walks containing rare trees, as well as the fantastic pod playground for kids, amazing views, a bonsai pavilion and a discovery garden.

Cost: Free!

Website: http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

3.) National Museum of Australia
A social history museum, meaning it focuses on the land, nation and people of Australia (particularly that of Indigenous cultures and early European settlement). Kspace is a recent addition that allows kids to create their own time travelling robots, then blast off to explore a mystery location in Australia’s past. It’s a fun, educational, interactive game for kids.

Cost: Free!

Website: http://www.nma.gov.au

4.) Australian National Botanic Gardens
A stunning scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. It also cultivates plants threatened in the wild. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which might assist reintroduction to their natural habitat.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://www.anbg.gov.au/

5.) Parliament House
Learn about our government, past and present. View the extensive art collection, witness question time and experience how our government operates.

Cost: Free!

Website: http://www.aph.gov.au

6.) National Film and Sound Archive
With over 2.16 million preserved works, various screenings and events, the National Film and Sound Archive has something for everyone.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://www.nfsa.gov.au

7.) Lake Burley Griffin
With the National Carillion (a gift from the British, containing 55 bronze bells), Blundells Cottage, Captain Cook Memorial Jet and the National Capital Exhibit, there is a lot to see and do around Lake Burley Griffin.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://www.nca.gov.au

8.) Royal Australian Mint
Learn about the history of Australian currency, see money being made or even make your own! Go on a free guided tour, complete The Mint Treasure Hunt and see real robots in action.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://www.ramint.gov.au

9.) Mount Stromlo Observatory
Fancy visiting the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics? Mt Stromlo Observatory and visitors centre offers something for everyone, with science exhibits, a kid’s zone and info about Mount Stromlo’s rich history of tragedies and triumphs.

Cost:Free!

Website: http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/observatories/mount-stromlo-observatory

10.) Mount Ainslie
Climb to the top of Mount Ainslie to see a panoramic view of Canberra. The hike is about 2km each way, but the views are definitely worth the effort.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b003ed14ca745317ace/mount-ainslie-lookout

11.) Old Bus Depot Markets
Open every Sunday, the Markets are a fun spot to head with the family, sourcing local fine hand crafted wares, clothing, food and jewellery. There’s even face painting for the kids.

Cost: Free!

Website: http://obdm.com.au

12.) Boundless Playground
An all abilities playground and another popular venue for families in Canberra. This large playground is hidden in the trees, a short walk from the musical bells of the National Carillon.

Cost: Free!

Website: http://www.boundlesscanberra.org.au


13.) Learn to Ride – Bike Parks

Designed for children from preschool to year 4, the ACT Learn to Ride centres have the look and feel of a real road environment and are a safe space for young cyclists to learn riding skills. They include everything you would expect to see out in our suburbs, such as footpaths, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, line markings and road signs. In two locations – John Knight Park (Western Foreshore, Belconnen) and Lake Tuggeranong District Park (Eastern Foreshore, Greenway).

Cost:Cost: Free!

Website: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/4060/~/learn-to-ride-centres

 
14.) Stromlo Forest Bike Park
Stromlo bike park is an exciting area for older kids to ride their BMXs on the downhill tracks, while families can enjoy the Criterium Circuit (a flat cycle path). There is also a small track and playground area for younger kids.

Cost: Free!

Website: http://www.stromloforestpark.com.au

15.) Canberra Glassworks

A great place for kids and adults alike to watch glass blowers in action as they create amazing pieces of glass art! During school holidays, they also have classes to make your own glass art (at a cost).

Cost: Free!

Website: https://www.canberraglassworks.com

16.) Gibralter Falls in Tidbinbilla Range
Found on the road up to Corin Forest Mountain Retreat and a 5-minute rocky and steep walk down to the falls from the carpark. If you love nature, you will love standing on the platform and admiring the view.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b43d270154b4553c16b/gibraltar-falls

17.) The Cotter Avenue
Just 25 minutes from Canberra’s CBD, Cotter Avenue Reserve is Canberra’s most popular recreation area, with river swimming at Cotter Bend and Casurina Sands, as well as a large BBQ area and playground.

Cost: Free!

Website: https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b32d5f1565045d7ff6f/cotter-avenue-recreation-area

18.) Little Griffins at Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition offers a hands on experience for toddlers and pre-schoolers. At Brick by Brick, kids can create amazing things using Lego and Duplo, as well as taking part in other activities such as song and dress ups – open at 10 am on the last Friday of each month.

Our Year in Review is out

Our Year in Review is out

What a year 2017 has been with new achievements and processes, new strategies and plans to implement and success stories to tell.

We are pleased to share our accomplishments in our Year in Review, which has recently been published.

Our Year in Review highlights key moments, projects and programs throughout 2017, as well as some great achievements from our residents and team members.

We thank everyone for a wonderful year and we are excited to play a role in delivering homes for the Canberra community

See our Year in Review here.

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