ACT School Holidays
Term 1: April 11 – April 26
Term 2: July 4 – July 19
Term 3: September 26 – October 11
Term 4: December 19 – January 31, 2016

Canberra Space Centre, Tidbinbilla

What child hasn’t dreamed about being an astronaut and flying to galaxies far, far away? Space travel isn’t on the family travel radar just yet, but a trip to the Canberra Space Centre, 45 minutes’ drive south-west of Canberra’s CBD, is the next best thing. View the largest antenna complex in the southern hemisphere, where messages are sent and received from spaceships exploring planets and galaxies thousands of light years away, see a piece of the moon, check out spacecraft models, discover what astronauts eat, and take a virtual tour around the solar system.

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National Dinosaur Museum, Nicholls

Step back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth at a museum guaranteed to enchant the little ones. The National Dinosaur Museum, 15km north of Canberra’s city centre, houses the largest permanent collection of dinosaur and fossil material in Australia. Come face to face with a model T-Rex and learn about what made these prehistoric beasts such fearsome predators. There are 23 complete skeletons to see and more than 300 individual fossil displays. Check out their special school holiday programs. 

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National Arboretum Canberra, Weston Creek

Sure, the Arboretum has more than 44,000 trees growing on a massive 250-hectare site, but it’s the playground the kids will really swoon over. The Pod Playground is a nature-themed adventure park featuring giant acorn cubbies on stilts, elevated net tunnels, nest swings, slides, climbing frames and musical instruments. If you can tear the kids away, there are 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees to discover. Enjoy a picnic on the deck in the Himalayan cedar forest, check out the 360-degree views at the lookout atop Dairy Farmers Hill and marvel at the quirky outdoor sculptures. All this just a stone’s throw from the CBD.

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Corin Forest, Tidbinbilla Range

When you’ve had your fill of museums and city sights get back to nature at Corin Forest, a nature reserve about 50km south-west of Canberra. Hurtle 1.2km through majestic mountain ash forest on the Alpine Slide, go bushwalking or simply bask in the natural scenery while you enjoy a picnic or barbeque lunch. In winter you can even build a snowman and toboggan in the fresh white powder. Before heading back to the big smoke be sure to check out nearby Gibraltar Falls, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve or Namadgi National Park.

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National Zoo & Aquarium, Yarralumla

Ever wanted to meet a cheetah in the flesh but thought the experience was confined to the plains of Africa? Think again. At the National Zoo and Aquarium kids aged over 12 can enjoy an incredible private encounter inside the cheetah enclosure. If your little ones are too little or too afraid to be in close quarters with the fastest land animal in the world, there are plenty of other animal encounters to enjoy. Get up close and personal with red pandas, tamarin monkeys, white lions, sharks, otters, giraffe and sunbears, or view scores of other native and exotic animals comfortably from the public viewing areas.

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This information is for reference purposes only. While Stayz makes every effort to provide accurate information, we recommend that you check which public holidays and school holidays apply to you before making any travel plans.