Step into a world of wonder this winter! The cooler months are the perfect time to discover a range of immersive and thrilling things to do in Canberra with family attractions ranging from interactive science and history exhibitions to national art galleries and tours through iconic buildings such as Parliament House. For winter family holidays Canberra has got the goods.
If you’re on a quest for fun things to do in Canberra, Questacon is for you. One of the leading Canberra attractions for families, this science and technology centre is home to over 200 interactive exhibits, including a six-meter freefall slide, a giant pinball machine and the interactive Born or Built? exhibit that explores our changing relationship with machines. Questacon also hosts regular science shows and workshops.
Take a tour of history and culture at the National Museum of Australia. The collection’s huge and diverse exhibits are packed with surprises, from the epic Great Southern Land display that weaves the origins of the continent around you to immersive gold rush history. You’ll also find the First Australians Gallery, which showcases the history and culture of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, and the Landmarks Gallery, which tells the story of Australia’s natural landscapes.
Australian Institute of Sport
Get set for a burst of inspiration at The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). This world-class sporting facility is dedicated to providing elite athletes with the best possible training and coaching – and you can tour the facility to see the facilities used by some of Australia’s top athletes. The tour includes a visit to the AIS arena and Sportex – an interactive sports gallery with a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia.
Royal Australian Mint
Visit the source of Australia’s rich coin heritage. The Royal Australian Mint is another must-visit attraction in Canberra. Take a tour of the coin gallery, which showcases the history of Australian currency, and the manufacturing floor, where visitors can see the minting process in action. Responsible for producing all of the coins used in Australia, visitors to the Mint can take a tour of the facility and see how coins are made.
National Dinosaur Musuem
Enter a world of epic proportions. Located in Gold Creek Village, the National Dinosaur Museum is home to interactive exhibits and displays tracing dinosaur history with over 50 life-sized models and displays. Discover fossils from 700-million-year-old marine creatures and walk between dinosaur skeletons, replica models and animatronic dinosaurs – there are also STEM and ‘Sauropodlet’ workshops for kids.
Visit Australia’s seat of power! Situated on Capital Hill, in the heart of the city, the iconic Parliament House is the home of the Australian Parliament and some of Australia’s finest historical treasures. It’s also open for tours. Explore the Marble Foyer and Great Hall and browse over 260 artworks by prominent Australian artists. You can also watch Question Time and see bills being debated. On the roof, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Canberra.
Australian War Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of the Australian men and women who served in wars throughout the nation’s history, the Australian War Memorial offers an unforgettable range of exhibits and displays. Digital displays and artefacts trace the First and Second World Wars, as well as the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. The memorial also hosts regular events and ceremonies to honour the sacrifices of Australia’s servicemen and women.
Where to stay
Discover some of the best things to do in Canberra in winter by basing yourself in the heart of the city. Quality Hotel Dickson is surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants, with the adjoining bar and restaurant – and local institution – The Dickson Tradies. For activities to do with kids, Canberra will keep you busy!