Savvy Series: Things to do in Canberra for under $20

Savvy Series: Things to do in Canberra for under $20

Last updated: 27 October 2016

In our Savvy Series (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 here), the Credit Savvy team looks at things to do in our major cities that won’t blow your budget. Next stop, Canberra, our nation’s capital.


1. Start the day with a good breakfast at Tilley’s Devine Café Gallery in Lyneham. Tilley’s is a Canberra institution, providers of amazing breakfasts and great coffee. It also has some serious history of its own. What’s not to love?


2. If you’re into a bit of nature, check out the National Arboretum. There are trees…Lots of trees. Also a spectacular view back over Canberra. The Arboretum is free to visit although be aware of the parking charge if you’re driving (it would be quite a walk though). There is also a café, gift shop and a fantastic playground for the kids. Did we mention trees?


3. The Australian War Memorial tops the list for many visitors to Canberra. Part shrine of remembrance, part museum, and with a huge archive, the Memorial serves to commemorate the sacrifice of those who have died in war. As it says, its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.


4. Play in the snow field at Corin Forest which lies about 45 minutes from the city centre. During winter, a combination of weather and (if needed) snow machines provides a snowy playground for tobogganing, plus some skiing and snowboarding. Even through the warmer months, you can shoot down the alpine slide and the area is great for cycling.


5. Visit the Canberra Centre. Shopping. Dining. Entertainment. All covered in Canberra’s shiny city shopping centre. Hard to go wrong but keep that credit card under control.


6. Geek out at Questacon. The national science and technology centre is full of fun and hands-on exhibits that should cater for most of the family. Fortunately, the family pass offers pretty good value to get you all in. Most people remember their experience on the free-fall slide. As you can imagine it does what it says.


7. Check out Parliament House – the home of Australian democracy and ‘meeting place of the nation’. You can do free tours of Parliament House daily and if Parliament is sitting you can even observe the action in the public gallery.


8. Grab a bite to eat in Braddon. The Hamlet on Lonsdale St. houses a collection of food trucks and pop up shops. Further north in the Haig Park Carpark at the top of Lonsdale St. is the Mandalay Bus, another Canberra institution. Top food and atmosphere and perfect for a late night feed.


These are just our Savvy Tips but there’s plenty more to see and do. Check out


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