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5 free things to do in Canberra this Easter Long Weekend!

  1. Australian War Memorial  – The Australian War Memorial was the 2016 recipient of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award as the number one landmark in both Australia and the South Pacific. If you’ve been here before it’s easy to understand why. The Australian War Memorial brings together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive creating a touching and insightful experience. It’s a great way to commemorate the sacrifices Australian men and women made, who fought and died in the war so we could enjoy this beautiful country for all that it is.It’s easy to forget these sacrifices in our fast-paced busy lives, so take a moment to stop, reflect, remember and truly understand our history.The Australian War Memorial is open daily 10am – 5pm.
Sunday at the memorial. Photo credit: Laura Gale


  1. Lake Burley Griffin – The centrepiece of Canberra, this artificial lake is the ideal spot for so many weekend activities for all ages. Whether your interest is rowing, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing or cycling, there’s something on offer for everyone. To enjoy the true beauty, why not enjoy a more leisurely experience and take in some of the water views on offer at different points around the lake. There are many bike and walking tracks for you to follow at your own pace and it’s very hard to grow tired of the stunning views.The lake is home to many species of wildlife and boasts views of many national attractions adding to the appeal. The most popular walk for locals is the 5km ‘Bridge to Bridge’ from Commonwealth Bridge to Kings Avenue Bridge, then pop into Commonwealth Park for a shady rest. So, take the morning off and enjoy what the lake has to offer.
The fountain out of action at Lake Burley Griffin. Photo credit: Laura Gale


  1. National Museum of Australia – As a local, you forget to explore what is on offer in your home town. Getting wrapped up in work, study and social life is easy to do, so take this weekend as an opportunity to try something new or different!The National Museum of Australia is the perfect place for you to experience Australia’s stories come to life. The stunning architecture and an incredible atmosphere offers visitors and tourists a wonderful place to explore, discover and remember. You can choose to pay for a guided tour or go solo through the many exhibitions and learn the history and story behind the objects on display.The National Museum of Australia is open daily 9am – 5pm
The beautiful architecture out the front of The National Museum of Australia. Photo credit: Laura Gale


  1. Old Bus Depot Markets – Every month the Old Bus Depot Markets holds a themed Sunday to add a touch of ‘flavour’ and this weekend is Portobello Road. If you feel the need to walk off your Easter egg chocolate this is a great opportunity for you hunt a mix of quirky and interesting treasures. Although the temptation is hard, you don’t have to buy anything to enjoy the markets!It’s a great way to enjoy different tastes, sounds, endless colour and the always alive atmosphere. A fun and friendly way to enjoy your Sunday.If it’s a beautiful day why not take advantage of the superb location and take a walk down along Kingston Foreshore.

Themed Sunday: Portobello Road April 1 10am – 4pm

A quiet building on a week day. Photo credit: Laura Gale


  1. Australian National Botanic Gardens – Grab your friends, pack some snacks and bring the picnic rug for a day out visiting the gardens! A picturesque escape from the city that houses a beautiful collection of Australian plants and flowers. The breathtaking array of native flora makes getting that Instagram perfect picture easy for even the most amateur of photographers. With the unique bushland setting, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is the only place in the world you’ll find such diversity of Australian native plants in a single location.

The Botanic Gardens are open daily 8:30am – 5pm

A quiet, hidden corner of the gardens, one of many. Photo credit: Laura Gale


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