Free things to do in Canberra?

1337Hax0r 5 March 2013 38

I am hunting around for a number of free things to do in Canberra. Not only do the kids want something to do, but I have a number of unemployed or student friends who have no jobs, and consequently little money. I know there are the old stand bys of the national gallery, the botanic gardens and gardens by the lakes, but what else is there to do for free or nearly free in Canberra? Not just in the center of town, but also the suburbs such as Woden, Gungahlin and so on?

Also, how about a wide category of things to do, like cultural things, sporty things, things to do in groups and things to do alone, things to do with kids, and without kids?

Thanks in advance.

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38 Responses to Free things to do in Canberra?
wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 9:49 am 31 Dec 14

I thought I’d dig up this old thread as there are probably bored kids out there right now begging their parents to take them somewhere during the holidays.
It isn’t quite free [fuel expenses] but we did a trip out to Wee Jasper through the Uriarra Crossing, Fairlight Road and Mountain Creek Road. It is around 80km but the drive is not boring. At the moment you can see the aftermath of the bushfire that swept through recently and some of the natural formations around Wee Jasper are beautiful to see just from the car window. Yes the kids might get a bit bored so give ’em their headphones or something for that half hour of peace.
We got to the Wee Jasper bridge and did some digging around in the cutting. There are amazing examples of fossilized shells easy to pick right on the side of the road. A bit further back on the hilltops we went for a walk and found gorgeous quartz crystals scattered everywhere and what looks to be a huge piece of petrified wood. The views are amazing and fresh air to fill the lungs.
I understand it may not be for everyone but our whole family enjoyed it, from 7 y.o to 40+. Take a picnic bag and plenty of drinks, it beats sitting around at home. The whole trip took us around 4 hours and had we been prepared we could have gone for a dip in the Murrumbidgee on the way home too.
There is a bit of dirt road, around 5km or so, but even my little Excel handled it well as it isn’t too rough. You can detour via Yass if you wish to avoid the dirt but it is a little further.
Happy holidays folks and hope 2015 is better than this year was.

tranvo tranvo 6:58 pm 28 May 13

play chess or foosball at Smash Table Tennis venue in suburb of Mitchell

Popje Popje 11:31 pm 06 Mar 13

Try one of the Nature Parks, my favorite is Mount Majura, great exercise around the Mount, walking around the kangaroos, spot wallabies, etc. nice views of Canberra

Check TAMS for further information, get the gear ready and enjoy and learn from nature FREE!!
Good Luck!

ponyflorist ponyflorist 10:45 pm 06 Mar 13

free live music at a bite to eat at chifley shops every sunday 5-7pm. lots of different musical styles and kid friendly too!
cheap light eats available and happy hour from 5pm….
check the web site for details of upcoming bands.. 🙂

Darkfalz Darkfalz 3:39 pm 06 Mar 13

Free bus rides on Monday.

poetix poetix 2:47 pm 06 Mar 13

You could all try and solve the cryptic sculpture outside Questacon! Details on another thread.

pink little birdie pink little birdie 2:24 pm 06 Mar 13

Jugger in Glebe park on Sundays. The Woden park has a frisbee golf course in it. There are many youth centres around for young people. Goodgames and games capital has gaming nights.Canberra board game society meets on Thursday nights (I think). the cultural walk around the cultural centre on lady denman drive. Wee Jasper for caving. Local scouts/community groups/lions/rotary etc.

miz miz 1:02 pm 06 Mar 13

Blackberry picking in season – check first that there are no signs telling you they have been spraying.
Near cotter.

CanberraNerf CanberraNerf 9:19 am 06 Mar 13

Meant to mention this on the links above – all events run by both groups are free!

1337Hax0r 1337Hax0r 10:52 pm 05 Mar 13

poetix said :

Sorry, OP, I see you mentioned the gardens yourself. I’m a klutz.

No problem. Now they are doubly endorsed!

Aeek Aeek 9:01 pm 05 Mar 13

Go for a ride on horse, bicycle, or motorbike.

gooterz gooterz 8:28 pm 05 Mar 13 is free

poetix poetix 6:48 pm 05 Mar 13

Sorry, OP, I see you mentioned the gardens yourself. I’m a klutz.

cross cross 4:13 pm 05 Mar 13

Can definitely second Tidbinbilla, took the kids on a night tour years ago with our torches and the guide pointing out nocturnal creatures ,it was great.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 4:03 pm 05 Mar 13

Kim F said :

Bush walking. Canberra Nature Park or Namadgi or Tidbinbilla ($20 for annual pass)

Seconded, all free, all lovely to walk in.

FioBla FioBla 3:53 pm 05 Mar 13

Play network games on Steam.

cross cross 3:48 pm 05 Mar 13

Screen Sound Australia free movies and tours/exhibits

poetix poetix 3:21 pm 05 Mar 13

A really quiet, peaceful thing to do on your own (or possibly with others) is to go to the Botanic Gardens, not when there is a music night and lots of people, but when you can just walk around and find a place to sit. There are always some plants worth looking at. You can take a picnic if you want.

There is a small charge for car-parking, I think, but the gardens are free.

PM PM 3:14 pm 05 Mar 13

Ex Warrior said :

MsCheeky said :

And another one is the local hash house harriers clubs. I’m with Canberra Hash, and we gather at 6.30pm on Monday in summer and 10.00am on Sunday in winter. People variously walk or run a trail for about an hour, then we stand around and shoot the breeze while consuming whatever drinks we brought along and eat whatever the host serves up – very often sausage sangers. We run from a different location each week, decided by the host, so you get to see some of the back end of places around the district that you otherwise wouldn’t. There are several hash groups in Canberra, and they’re all very friendly. The Canberra hash charges $2 a week and we funnel that back by the occasional subsidised restaurant or pub run and/or beer. Everyone is welcome – even well behaved kids and dogs.

Any chance of a link to some more info on this gig. Did a run in Bali with this group and really was an unforgetable experience.

Google search will bring them up. I believe all ACT kennels have links to the other ones.

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