Canberra’s 5 Best Places to Relive Your Childhood

It’s good to let your inner child take over sometimes. Your grownup side gets a nice breather, and you can stop worrying about all those tedious things like work, taxes and home loans. After all, Frisbee golf, the zoo, and paintball sound much more fun!

Image credit: Australian Disc Golf
Image credit: Australian Disc Golf

Australian Disc Golf


Like bubble soccer, footgolf and two-handed tennis, disc golf follows the formula of taking an existing sport and improving it immeasurably. In this case, it’s golf with frisbees instead of clubs and balls! It’s fun, light-hearted and accessible to pretty much anyone, but still tricky enough to be competitive. It’s growing swiftly in popularity, so sign up and see what all the fuss is about.

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Image credit: National Zoo and Aquarium Canberra
Image credit: National Zoo and Aquarium Canberra

National Zoo & Aquarium


It may not be the biggest wildlife centre around, but National Zoo & Aquarium is unquestionably one of the best when it comes to getting up close and personal with the animals. You can actually handfeed lions, tigers, bears, giraffes and more! Plus, the legendary ‘Meet a Cheetah’ session is honestly one of the most rewarding experiences you could imagine (and more exciting than hanging out with your cat).

“If you’d like a bear licking honey from your hand or the opportunity to hand feed a lion (with tongs) or a giraffe, this tour is for you. And if you want a very memorable moment, you can’t go past the ‘Meet a Cheetah’ experience. I’ll never forget spending 15 minutes patting full-grown cheetahs – a must for all cat lovers!” – jodie333

Image credit: Canberra Glassworks
Image credit: Canberra Glassworks

Canberra Glassworks


A centre dedicated to championing the work of Australian glass artists, Canberra Glassworks is a bustling hub of galleries, exhibitions, and high-tech glass workshops. If you find yourself inspired by the beautiful things people can do with glass, you should absolutely sign up for a one-to-one ‘Make Your Own Paperweight or Tumbler’ class. You’ll be genuinely amazed at what you create and it’ll be a lot more impressive than the macaroni artworks you made in kindy.

“On the top level (up two short flights of stairs or take the lift) you can look down on the fabulous craftsman at work in the HotBox studio. The red hot molten glass waits in the furnaces and the glass forms into shapes as you watch. Visitors are encouraged to have a go too – it’s great. There’s a gallery with items for sale and a cafe. It’s good.” – Ali-Hawk

Image credit: Digress Lounge and Bar
Image credit: Digress Lounge and Bar

Digress Cocktail Bar


Part nightclub, part Indian restaurant and part cocktail bar, Diverse rises to become much more than the sum of its parts. This is obvious by the hundreds of events it hosts, from old classics like trivia and karaoke to the awesome ‘Paint it Up’, which you’ll definitely want to try. It’s basically learning to paint step by step in a relaxed, engaging session, and you leave with a bona fide masterpiece!

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Delta Force Paintball


There’s paintball, then there’s Delta Force paintball. This is the most impressive setup in Australia, boasting multiple cleverly constructed and intricately detailed courses. They cover everything from Black Hawk Down (with a full-scale helicopter) to a zombie-riddled Resident Evil scenario, with state-of-the-art guns that fire up to seven rounds per second. Get ready for the big leagues!

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