A Guide To Canberra For Family Travelers

If you’re thinking that Canberra has nothing in the lines of family fun, that it’s a city as serious as they come, quit thinking that! Canberra has so many fun things to do, that you and your kids will be fully occupied.

AMF Belconnen Ten Pin Bowling Centre
With 32 bowling lanes in all, AMF Belconnen always has a line or two free for some wholesome family pin bowling fun. Take a break from daytime fun, especially the go-glow-in-the-dark bowling at night.

Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive
Experience the best of Australian and international cinema in state-of-the-art digital formats on super-large screens. Look up the Arc Cinema calendar online for free screening days and session details.

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
This is where Australia's sporting champions live and train. Here, you can try your hand at virtual rowing, rock climbing, football penalty shoot-outs, winter sports, skateboarding and more sports.

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Enjoy a huge array of amazing diverse native Australian plants in a wonderful bush setting at these gardens. There are exhibitions, guided walks and many year-around events that you can enjoy here.

Black Mountain Peninsula
Explore all 22.2 hectares of amazing lush parkland surrounding the spectacular Lake Burley Griffin. You can go sailing, swimming and paddling on the lake, and enjoy a fabulous picnic with family.

Canberra Reptile Zoo
View the amazing collection of Australia's largest and most dangerous reptiles. Your kids will love the Prehistoric Gallery, where they can learn how reptiles have evolved over the years. The colorful snakes are exhibited according to the environments they frequent - tropical, temperate and arid zones.

Canberra Walk In Aviary
You can feed, play and take pictures of the friendly birds here, over 600 of them. This aviary is home to about 57 different global bird species; there are more than 350 Australian finches and 200 parrots!

Mount Ainsley Lookout
This is the best location to get a fabulous eyeful of the entire city of Canberra. The city is beautifully planned, with all the streets meeting at right angles with the Burley Griffin Lake. Get great views of the Embassy District, the Australian War Memorial and Belconnen Tower and other landmarks.

Booroomba Rocks Walk
Enjoy watching kangaroos and other wildlife and the plentiful and spectacular views from the rocks. The walk takes you through a waterfall pool surrounded by sandstone and lush rainforest gullies.

Namadgi National Park
Enjoy the wonderful scenic walks and drives in this park and enjoy watching kangaroos, emus, wallabies and colorful birds. The park is full of giant eucalypts trees and some ancient aboriginal rock art.

National Zoo and Aquarium
If you've never been up close to feed a lion, this is your chance. Here you can feed all the wild animals and get up close and personal to dangerous animals that you can only see on secure safaris.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 
Bird lover, do visit this reserve and look out for a sight of the rare and vivid Corroboree frog and the Australian rock wallabies. It's a fine place for a day out and picnic among the lush surroundings.

This article was submitted by Jesse Davis. 
Jesse Davis spends his time traveling across Australia and writing about travel. He works as freelance writer for Adrenalin.com.au and has contributed articles to several travel blogs based on his experiences.