Pod playground, National Arboretum Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra

Canberra with kids: a 5-day itinerary 

Canberra with kids: a 5-day itinerary

Questacon, Canberra, ACT © Events ACT

Questacon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © Events ACT

Essential

Lake Burley Griffin Cruises depart near the NGA at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm daily in summer, and at 10:30 am in winter.

Clonakilla Wines, Murrumbateman, NSW © VisitCanberra

Clonakilla Wines, Murrumbateman, New South Wales © VisitCanberra 

Deli treats

On the way back to Canberra, stop in at Poachers Pantry to purchase smoked meats, deli items and wines. You can also pre-order a gourmet hamper to enjoy in the surrounding countryside.

National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra

National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra

Insider secret

If you are in the city on a Sunday, be sure to head to the Old Bus Depot Markets (10 am to 4 pm), which feature an array of stallholders touting local artistic wares as well as delicious food and produce.

View from Mt Ainslie, Canberra, ACT © Rob Mulally for VisitCanberra

View from Mt Ainslie, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © Rob Mulally for VisitCanberra

National Arboretum Pod Playground, Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra 

National Arboretum Pod Playground, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra

Travel tip

During the summer months, the National Arboretum grounds are open until 8:30 pm, so you can explore this natural wonderland until nightfall.

For inspiration and more things to do in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, go to visitcanberra.com and visitnsw.com.