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Outdoor activities in Canberra

Things to do with the kids!

Out 'n' about in Canberra - Aleney De Winter looks at the best outdoor activities in the country's capital.

1. Get behind the scenes at the National Zoo & Aquarium with a Zooventure or Family tour. Help feed animals, look a big cat in the eye or hand-feed a giraffe or bear.

2. Explore the world in miniature at Cockington Green Gardens . Take a ride on the pint-sized steam train, get lost in the maze and see the highly detailed small-scale buildings and mechanised exhibits just waiting for the kids to bring them to life with their imaginations.

3. Have a roarsome time in The National Dinosaur Museum’s landscaped Dinosaur Garden complete with life-like models.

4. Feed giraffes from your balcony, or watch lemurs at play at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, an incredible overnight encounter within the National Zoo & Aquarium.

5. Active families can take a hike or ride a bike around Stromlo Forest Park, venue of the 2009 World Mountain Bike Championships.

6. Take in the city’s top sites on the back of a trike with Canberra Cruisin’ Trike Tours.


If you’re after a hotel with history, the lovely Hotel Kurrajong is a heritage-listed property located right in the middle of Canberra’s cultural and political hub. Originally opened in 1926, and once the home of an Australian Prime Minister, the family-friendly hotel has been refurbished to its original grandeur without sacrificing 21st-century comforts.

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