You and your family need a break! Have you considered visiting Canberra, our nation’s capital? There are so many exciting things to do in Canberra for all ages it is definitely a destination worth considering. We have researched 5 of the best Canberra family accommodation, and, have sourced some fun things to do whilst you are there.
If you are driving down from Sydney for your Canberra Staycation you can choose two routes – via the South Coast of NSW or through the Southern Highlands.
Top Canberra Accommodation for Families
Address: 120 Commonwealth Avenue Canberra
The Hyatt Hotel Canberra offers 252 rooms and suites in a beautiful heritage setting. If it is a 5-star luxury Canberra escape you are after the Hyatt Hotel is for you. Interior design has been inspired by the 1920s balanced with modern Art deco touches gives you that Hyatt luxury that you know well.
There is a fitness centre for the adults and an indoor pool for all the family to enjoy.
Dining options are aplenty with a casual dining experience at the Promenade Cafe or Tea Lounge. Sit by the fire in winter or relax on the verandah at the Speakers Corner Bar or retreat to Griffins. Don’t forget you always have 24-hour room service as well if you just want to stay in and enjoy your surroundings.
- National Library of Australia is 1.78 km away
- National Gallery of Australia is 2.37 km away
- National Museum of Australia is 3.58 km away
- National Portrait Gallery of Australia is 1.93 km away
- Parliament House 1.83 km away
- Australian War Museum is 4.74 km away
- Old Parliament House is 1.66 km away
- Telstra Tower 3 km away
- Lake Burley Griffin 0.5 km
Address: 1 Binara Street Canberra
Park or mountain views superior, deluxe rooms as well as the King Presidential Suite all centrally located in the heart of Canberra. Family rooms are available. Rooms come with 42″ flatscreen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, high-speed broadband internet and private ensuite bathroom facilities.
Need to work out? The hotel offers a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and sauna.
Need a bite to eat? Choose from either the Redsalt Restaurant or Binara One for light meals and cocktails.
- Australian War Museum – 1.4 km away
- Old Parliament House – 2.8 km away
- Telstra Tower – 2.8 km away
- Parliament House – 3 km away
- Lake Burley Griffin – 3 km away
Address: 1 Constitution Avenue Canberra
A good location in Canberra’s CBD the A by Adina offers a range of accommodations from studios to 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Family rooms and interconnecting rooms are available with flat-screen TVs, a microwave, fridge, kettle and work desk.
The hotel offers a fitness centre and free wifi.
- National Gallery of Australia 1.9 km away
- Telstra Tower – 2.5 km away
- Australian War Memorial – 1.7 km away
- Questacon – 1.9 km away
- Old Parliament House – 2.6 km away
- Parliament House – 2.9 km away
Address: 240 City Walk opposite Canberra’s main shopping centre
The Quest Canberra City Walk has 84 serviced apartments with studio rooms with kitchenette and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchen perfect for that family staycation.
Hotel facilities include free unlimited high-speed internet, fitness centre, family rooms, LCD TV with Foxtel. The 1 and 2 bedroom apartments include laundry facilities.
- Australian War Memorial 1.5 km away
- Telstra Tower 2.6 km away
- Old Parliament House 2.9 km away
- Parliament House 3.1 km away
Address: 214 Northbourne Avenue Canberra
The Deco Hotel has 210 rooms, made up of hotel rooms, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Hop on the Light Rail close by to the hotel and two stops later you are in the heart of Canberra’s CBD.
Room facilities include AH Beard beds, plush bathrobes, rain showers, free high-speed wifi, movies on demand, LCD TVs, tea and coffee.
The apartments include a fully equipped kitchen, AH Beard beds, plush robes, rain showers, free high-speed wifi, movies on demand, Foxtel, LCD TV, Nespresso machine and more.
On-site restaurant Two 14 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Room service is available,
- Australian War Memoral 2.4 km away
- Old Parliament House 4.8 km away
- Parliament House 5.1 km away
10 Free Things To Do in Canberra For Families
Visit The Australian War Memorial
Entry is a gold coin donation to one of the best Canberra attractions. You do need a ticket to enter, tickets are free. The ticket gives you access to galleries and spaces defined at specific times.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily except for Christmas Day. Entry to the Last Post Ceremony is 4.20 pm, you will need to book a ticket to attend.
Self-guided tours are available from $10.
Address: Treloar Crescent Canberra
For more information on the Australian War Memorial and its exhibits click here
National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia has over 160,000 works of art. It is free to visit although at time some special exhibitions an admission fee may apply. You can also visit the Sculpture Garden, Fern Garden and the James Tyrell Skyspace.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, closed Christmas Day.
Address: Parkes Place Canberra
For more information on the National Gallery of Australia click here
Australian Parliament House
Address: Parliament Drive
Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm
During your visit, you can learn about the flag, discover the architecture, learn the history, go on a virtual tour, explore the gardens, enjoy the photo gallery, and when Parliament is sitting you can watch a session.
For more information on the Australian Parliament House click here
Mount Ainslie Lookout
If you want that perfect Instagram shot of Canberra and its surroundings head to Mount Ainslie Lookout.
Address: Mount Ainslie Drive Canberra
Royal Australian Mint
When you visit the Royal Australian Mint you will see how Australian coins are made and you can even mint your own $1 coin at the Coin shop.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08.30 am to 5.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays – 10 am to 4 pm
Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday
Address: Denison Street, Deakin
For more information on the Royal Australian Mint click here
Lake Burley Griffin
With a 40 km shoreline, Lake Burley Griffin is popular with cyclists, walkers, rowers, sailors, kayakers, paddle boarders and fishing.
There are 3 loops of different lengths – 5 km, 14 km or 28 km.s
Enjoy water views from many of the waterfront restaurants.
Address: Dairy Road, Fyshwick
Three Route Options:
- Kellys Swamp Loop
- The Woodland Walk
- The Billabong Walk
The Sanctuary is now home to over 170 different bird species. You can join a number of tours that are available. For more information click here
National Museum of Australia
Address: Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula Canberra
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Christmas Day
Museum Shop opened from 9 am to 5 pm.
Museum Cafe – Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
A $5 donation on arrival and some exhibits will have an admission fee. Allow between 1 – 2 hours to visit.
“The National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. We focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and our interaction with the environment.”
For more information click here
National Portrait Gallery
Address: King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Through portraiture, the National Portrait Gallery’s aim is to showcase Australia’s identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity. Allow 2 – 3 hours for your visit.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm closed Christmas Day
The shop is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
National Library of Australia
Opening Hours: For more information click here
The National Library runs a variety of tours
The National Library is the home of Australian Stories. Allow 2 -3 hours to visit.
Address: Parkes Place Canberra
Address: Weston Park Road Yarralumla
Opening Hours: During daylight saving from 7 am to 10 pm, other times of the year from 7 am to 8 pm.
Plenty of things to do at Weston Park from the beach on the eastern shore, cycling paths, Bocce or Pétanque on the special court, adventure playground, water playground and wading pool.
Imagine soaring over Canberra at sunrise for an hour topped off with a champagne celebration at the Park Hyatt.
Visit Questacon – National Science and Technology Centre
Tickets to visit Questacon can be purchased direct from their website here
Address: King Edward Terrace Canberra
Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily
Questacon is a museum with over 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology over 8 themed galleries. Experience travelling to the centre of an earthquake, to outerspace and to the centre of a beehive.
Good to know: you will need to purchase your tickets well in advance.
Canberra National Zoo and Aquarium
Address: Scrivener Dam, Lady Denman Drive, Canberra
Opening hours: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm closed Christmas Day
The Zoo features a variety of native and exotic animals. Enjoy hands-on experiences with a cheetah, meerkat or bears.
For more information and tickets click here
National Dinosaur Museum
The kids will love Stan the T-Rex and over 23 complete skeletons, 300 fossils, the Dinosaur Garden and free museum tours.
Address: 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls ACT
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily
To book tickets in advance and general information on your visit click here
A great rainy day fun activity to do in Canberra. Choose between a 30, 60, 90 or 120-minute flight experience on a Boeing 737. Choose from over 22,000 airports and a range of weather conditions for your take-off, flight and landing.
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Free to enter but there are parking fees. A great day out for families, couples and groups. Take a picnic with you or dine at the Pollen Cafe. Take a guided tour or wander the boardwalks and bush tracks. There are over 6,000 species in a natural bush setting.
Address: Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Opening hours: daily except Christmas Day from 08.30 am to 5.00 pm. The Visitor Centre is open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Visit Canberra’s Markets
Visit Canberra’s markets here:
- The Old Bus Depot Market – Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm at 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston
- Capital Region Farmers Market – Saturdays from 7 am to 11.30 am at Exhibition Park Canberra
- Hartley Hall Markets – first Sunday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm at the Hall Showground, Victoria Street, Hall
- Southside Farmers Market – Sunday mornings from 8 am to 11.30 am at Canberra College, corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive in Phillip
For more information on Canberra’s markets click here
Frequently Asked Questions on Visiting Canberra
When is the best time to visit Canberra?
The best time to visit is in Spring from September to November.
How many days should I allow to visit Canberra?
You should allow a minimum of 2 days.
How far is Canberra Airport from the CBD?
It is 8 km with an average driving time of 15 minutes.
Does Canberra have a good public transport system?
To visit Canberra’s iconic attractions we recommend using the Red Explorer Loop Bus.
“The bus goes to the Australian War Memorial, Anzac Parade Memorials, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra Visitors Centre, National Library, Questacon, National Art Gallery, the High Court of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House, New Parliament House, a drive through the Embassy precinct and the National Museum of Australia
Bus departs from Canberra Museum and Gallery every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm.”
For more information click here
Canberra’s buses and light rail system is cost-effective and a great way to get around the city. Click here for more information.
Transport Canberra Buses uses the MyWay Smart Card which you can purchase and top up from recharge agents. Click here for details.
Flights To Canberra
For the latest airfares to Canberra click here
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