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On Saturday Ocotber 27th we woke up to another gorgeous day in Canberra, everyone told us we were very lucky to have such beautiful weather in Spring. Being able to pop outside in a sleeveless dress definitely added to the holiday feeling! After a calm buffet breakfast at the Clifton Suites on Northbourne we were picked up by the tourbus for a fun morning at Questacon.

Now I was expecting a lengthy bustrip and being stuck in traffic but once again Canberra surprised us. We were busy admiring the city and scenery and arrived at Questacon in no time. Questacon is a fantastic place to bring children of all ages but I think it is the most fun for children of about 8 years old (give or take!). Also known as the National Science and Technology Centre this place offers room after room full of interesting things to do and discover for curious little minds.

Robo-Q, you could ask him truly anything!

Questacon is completely undercover so it is perfect entertainment for a rainy day and you will easily fill a whole morning or afternoon exploring. There are 8 big galleries covering different themes from Awesome Earth to Excite, Deep Oceans to H2O and more. One of my favourite parts was the Earthquake House, where you sit down in a ‘real’ house to experience what it is like to be in an earthquake (pretty scary!). I think my kids would most like looking at all the creepy crawlers through big microscopes or talking to the big all-knowing robot.

If I wasn’t pregnant I would have accepted one of the challenges in the Excite gallery. This gallery was a big hit with both small and big kids (parents), who doesn’t love the sound of a 6 meter Free Fall? Not just a glorified slide but an actual drop, eeek! This cool dad managed to move the swing enough to make a 360 circle, I think his kids were quite proud. For those with a weak stomach there were sickness bags available.

After a short walk (love all the close distances) we arrived at the lunch venue. I will admit that my travel partner and I were rather excited about not having to cook or clean up for a whole weekend, but we most certainly didn’t expect to be treated to lunch at The Lobby. Yes, the same Lobby were our very own Prime Minister Julia Gillard had her shoe accident. The lunch was absolutely delicious and I think we both gained a few kilos that day, we just couldn’t say no to all the yummy food being served.

In the afternoon it was time for a visit to the National Zoo & Aquarium, which unlike the name suggests is actually privately owned. After a recent (disappointing) visit to Adelaide Zoo both Kate and I were pleasantly surprised by this wonderful zoo. There was ample parking and the whole zoo was layed out beautifully with lots of spacious walk ways and so many lovely lookouts, no pushing and shoving needed at all!

Kate enjoying the Meet a Cheetah experience

We had the most amazing time, Kate grabbed the opportunity to Meet a Cheetah (sadly due to being pregnant I had to miss out) and we joined in on a Zooventure Tour. We have already said a few times to eachother that we’d love to bring our family back here and take the tour again. The kids would love feeding the tiger, lion, brown bear and so many other animals, it is such a unique experience being so close to these animals and the friendly zoo keepers made the tour even more enjoyable.

(Tip: When you book the tour the entree fee is included)

Cockington Green at night (the entrance)

We finished the day with a relaxing dinner and walk around at Cockington Green, a must-see for Canberra visitors. Looking back this visit was probably my most favourite part of the weekend. The beautiful family-owned Cockington Green Gardens showcase a magical world of minitiature buildings from around the globe, you can walk around by foot or take a ride on the little train.

It was lovely to see the gardens at night time but I have no doubt it will be great fun during the day too (and easier with kids). It is a great way to tell children about other countries, I would have loved to show my kids the Dutch windmill! The attention to detail is sublime, you won’t know where to look as it is all so interesting and there is something new to see around every corner.

After such a long day we were more than ready for a good night sleep, so we headed back to the apartment. Stay tuned for our third and final day of the #HumanBrochure campaign (read about Human Brochure Day 1 here)

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