While the typical Australia family vacation tends to include iconic cities such as Sydney or Melbourne, Canberra is not one to be missed. There are numerous fun and family-oriented activities that can be had on a vacation to Australia’s capital city, with something available to please everyone. A family can take the time to get to know each other a little better as they explore the sights and attractions of this truly unique part of the world.
For lovers of history and society, there’s the twofold adventure of going to the Old Parliament House and the modern Parliament House. The Old House was the home of Australia’s government for many years, and now is a permanent museum dedicated to the history of Australian democracy. The new House is the current seat of the Australian legislature, and is open to the public for much of the year. Tours and guided discussions are an enjoyable part of the trip in both houses, and cast a unique light on government in this part of the world.
Families that share an interest and love of sports will also find plenty to do in Canberra. Those who enjoy watching and cheering can watch the still-violent and exciting sport of rugby football, or marvel at the more elaborate, intricate art of the cricket match. It has been said that art is more the right word than sport, as the game has many unique traditions going back generations. The more active and adventurous can take part in the interactive exhibitions such as virtual rowing or wheelchair basketball at the high-tech Sportex exhibition, and citywide bike trails are available for those who prefer the fresh air.
Finally, a great way for families to bond is to share the experience of a festival. Packed with food, drinks, exhibits and events to enjoy, these gatherings create an air of excitement, and Canberra has several noteworthy ones. Whether it’s the hot air balloon festival in the fall or the Summernauts car show, the capital truly has a little something for everyone.