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Discover Enjoyable and Cost-Free Activities in Canberra

Canberra offers an abundance of fantastic free activities, much like its abundance of roundabouts. Whether you’re interested in arts and culture or outdoor adventures, Canberra has something for everyone. Here are some of the top free things to do in Canberra, ensuring a great time out without breaking the bank.

Arts & Culture

National Gallery of Australia
Home to iconic artworks such as Pollock’s Blue Poles and Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings, the National Gallery showcases a mesmerising array of art. Don’t miss the sculpture garden overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.

Gallery of Small Things
Immerse yourself in Canberra’s tiniest walk-in gallery, showcasing a variety of artworks from local talents. From textiles to ceramics, this gallery offers a cosy atmosphere where you can also purchase unique items.

Local Markets
Experience the charm of Canberra’s markets, from farmers’ markets to vintage clothes markets. The Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston are a favourite,
offering a range of handcrafted goods and the chance to meet local artisans. You can explore fresh produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC on the Northside, the Southside Farmers Market at Canberra College and Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

Canberra Glassworks
Witness the captivating art of glass blowing at Canberra Glassworks, where you can observe artists creating stunning glass pieces. Don’t forget to visit the shop for unique home décor items.

National Portrait Gallery
Explore captivating portraits of Australians from all walks of life at the National Portrait Gallery. With permanent and temporary exhibitions, there’s always
something new to discover.

National Museum of Australia
Delve into the past at the National Museum, where you can explore art, artefacts, and exhibitions that showcase local and global history. Enjoy a self-guided audio tour and grab a bite at the café overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Discover Australia’s cinematic heritage at the National Film and Sound Archive, where you can explore a vast collection of films, costumes, and memorabilia. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a film screening or special exhibition.

Nature & The Outdoors

Lake Burley Griffin
Embark on a leisurely stroll or bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra’s scenic centrepiece. With ample parklands, it’s the perfect spot for a picnic or
water activities.

Sister City Gardens
Experience the beauty of Asia in Canberra’s Sister City Gardens, celebrating the city’s connections with Beijing and Nara. Explore the traditional designs and
lush landscapes of these serene gardens.

Mount Ainslie
Take a hike up Mount Ainslie and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the capital. With various trails to choose from, it’s a great way to experience Canberra’s
natural beauty.

National Arboretum
Discover a diverse collection of rare and endangered trees at the National Arboretum, set amidst lush bushland. Take a leisurely stroll or explore the Forest Sculpture Gallery for a memorable experience.

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Immerse yourself in Australia’s native flora at the Botanic Gardens, home to thousands of plant species. Enjoy a picnic on the Eucalypt Lawn or learn about Aboriginal culture on the Aboriginal Plant Use Trail.

Pack a Picnic
Savour the sunshine and scenery by packing a picnic and heading to one of Canberra’s picturesque spots. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon surrounded by nature and
local treats from nearby markets.

These free activities in Canberra promise a memorable experience without spending a cent. So, grab your itinerary and prepare for an adventure filled outing in the capital!

You can contact Events ACT, The Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and Community Info Hub to find more local events near you.

Events ACT: (02) 6205 0666
Canberra Region Visitors Centre: (02) 6205 8225
Community Info Hub: (02) 6248 7988