We are coming in to Autumn, my favourite season in Canberra. The colours of the leaves, the smell of fresh rain and the beautiful light and clear sky make it a perfect time to get out and about and explore our wonderful city.

Here are some ideas to get you started: 

Canberra is surrounded by wonderful natural places and spaces just waiting to be explored.  For information, ideas or bushwalking events check out: http://www.npaact.org.au/.  Don’t forget the great walks and facilities at Tidbinbilla or the 2003 bushfire memorial near Stromlo park.

Why not wander through the rain forest of the Australian National Botanic Gardens http://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/index.html and return to a BBQ.  Children can marvel at the unusual shape of rocks around them, see tiny insects scurrying about their business or lie back in the softness of deep grass and watch the interplay of clouds in changing formations.

Take some time to visit the animals at the National Zoo and Aquarium.  You could think about buying an annual pass and make regular short trips just to study one or two animals at a time.  You could  follow this up at home with stories, songs, play and dressing up in a related theme.

Autumn is a great time for a ball game in one of our many parks and nature
reserves.  Check out a different  playground each week.

Head to a lookout on one of Canberra’s many hills and mountains. If you go to Dairy Farmer’s Hill at the Arboretum, don’t forget to check out the eagle’s nest sculpture at the lookout, after stopping for a play at the fabulous playground.

For more information about things to do in Canberra see:

http://www.visitcanberra.com.au

http://www.canberratourism.com.au/

http://www.canberra.com.au/canberra-attractions/

http://www.thingstodoincanberra.com.au/