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Home to world-class museums, galleries, lots of open green space and a lake filled with sailboats, Australia’s capital city has a lot to offer visiting families. A friend shares her family favourites of Canberra.

Your name – Louise
Nationality – Australian
Children’s ages – Master 7, Master 3 and Miss 1
Location – Canberra
How long have you lived there? – 2 1/2 years
Websites for keeping up to date on what is happening in the area – (for the ladies) and Visit Canberra for the kids

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Parliament House, Canberra David Bostock /

Hint 1 – During school holidays, get online and check out all the museum activities. Plan a couple of events per day and always ring ahead to see if bookings are required. Click here for a list of the museums and galleries.

Hint 2The National Arboretum is fantastic – a great playground (“Pod” Playground) and terrific café with gorgeous views.


Hint 3 – If you’re going to hit Costco and Ikea, a good meeting point for lunch is in Majura Park Shopping Centre. There is a great indoor kids play area near the Food Court.

Hint 4 – A lovely swimming pool can be found at Manuka – especially for the shaded toddler pool and pirate play area.

Hint 5 – If your kids need some sunshine, head to Riverside Café in Queanbeyan. A bit off the beaten track but the kids will love feeding the ducks and brunch is pretty good too.

Annual average rainfall, maximum and minimum temperature in Canberra


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