Are you thinking of visiting Canberra with kids? You’ll be needing to find some good Canberra family accommodation then, let us assist!
Here you’ll find details on the best places for families to stay in Canberra, places that we can personally recommend as well as others we know are great spots for families.
Best Canberra Accommodation With Kids
We have visited Canberra several times and have stayed in a few different places. You’ll find below a list of the places we can recommend having stayed ourselves or from friends who have raved about them.
Check the Table Of Contents here to get you started.
Best Hotels in Canberra
These are the hotels in central Canberra that are great quality and also known to be suited to families. These are hotels in Canberra city centre so they are very close to all the attractions families will visit. This is always helpful!
For many families, the number one attraction of the Novotel is the pool and the bubbly spa. A big plus for me was that there’s also a sauna on the poolside. A rare treat!
Another major pull of the Novotel is that it’s so very central. It’s at the end of Northbourne Avenue, right beside some great cafes and restaurants and the large Canberra Centre, great if you want to go shopping. Everywhere you want to visit is just a quick drive or even a walk away.
Families often like to stay in a standard room which has two double beds. I have stayed here with two adults and one child and felt very comfortable there.
There weren’t any good views from the window but we could live with that as we were out and about (or in the pool) most of the time.
We ate one dinner at the restaurant as well as our breakfasts. The kids’ menu is very good, I think. The Novotel chain does make a big effort to serve healthy meals throughout its food outlets. Well, they try… my daughter swapped the mashed potato on the menu for chips.
Novotel Canberra Map
Address: 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6245 5000
Parking: It took us a while to find the car park which is entered from Moore Street behind the hotel. It’s fairly small and busy and the cars are valet parked. Parking costs $20 which is very reasonable for this super central location.
NB As ever, I do recommend calling any hotel ahead to check that all facilities will be operational during your stay. Pools do close for maintenance sometimes.Check Novotel Canberra on Booking.com
Good spacious rooms at the Novotel Canberra
The newest luxe apartment hotel in Canberra, the A By Adina, is super central and works very well for families. We visited with our 14 year old twins and has interconnected rooms, a one-bedroom apartment and a studio room. This gave us heaps of space, and with microwaves, fridges and coffee machines in both rooms, everyone had what they needed. We had a king bed in the one-bedroom apartment and twin beds for the kids in the studio. The one bedroom apartment had a large fridge and a washing machine and tumble drier, both of which got a workout.
I really loved the muted grey and brown furnishing,s the poliched concrete walls and the sliding walls. The bathrooms are all marble and very spacious. The showers are huge and though my husband would have loved a bath after running a half marathon, he got by with the huge rain shower.
Here’s what we loved:
- 10 minute walk up to buzzing cafes and restaurants of Civic
- 5 minute walk to the Canberra Centre, Canberra’s main shopping centre
- Easy 30 minute walk over the bridge to Questacon, art galleries and Parliament Houses
- Car park is easy to manage and this central location makes all attractions easy to get to
- Has its own gym (but no pool)
- Everything sparkly and brand new
- Spacious rooms with tables, comfy sofas and lovely bathrooms
Address: 1, Constitution Avenue, Canberra
Phone: 02 5134 6444
Read our full review and see more photos of the A By Adina on this post.
Parking: Turn sharp left as you turn left from Vernon Circle into Constitution Avenue and park in the car park here. Cost per night of hotel parking is $19, no need for tickets, your number plate is recognised.
The Avenue is a 5 star hotel in Canberra and is very centrally located in trendy Braddon just a couple of kilometres from the city centre.
The address is 80 Northbourne Avenue, that being the main route into Canberra from Sydney and so very, very easy for us to find.
The twins and I had a two bedroom apartment, with one king room and one room with two (large) single beds. The rooms are large and so are the bathrooms. There was a kitchenette for us to use – essential when travelling with kids. The lounge room had plenty of space too.
The hotel’s restaurant is called Marble and Grain, there’s a bar and the restaurant too. We only had the buffet breakfast there, which we loved… we do love a buffet breakfast in our family. We ate from room service one night and enjoyed the spaghetti bolognese (kids) and salad and soup (me.)
We’d definitely recommend The Avenue Hotel. It was easy to find, the apartment was ideal for families and the carpark was easy to use and free. Wifi is free, also crucial for us, and the service was terrific.
I’d perhaps suggest asking for a room with windows looking into the courtyard as we found that the noise from traffic on the main road was a noticeable at times.
East Hotel is famous for its family-friendly rooms with bunks and games for kids. We haven’t stayed here yet but hope to.
Check this terrific hotel out by clicking the button below!Read more about East Hotel and Check prices here
Holiday Apartments Canberra
This is an apartment hotel, terrific for when you prefer to be able to cook for yourself.
Cheap Family Accommodation Canberra
If price is your main consideration then a great places to start is the Booking.com Deals Finder widget below. Just pop in your dates and number of guests and you’ll find the best cheap places to stay in Canberra.
Check out the best Canberra deals here.Booking.com
Of course, there are some cheap places to stay for families in Canberra that we do know ourselves, here are our favourites.
7 Akuna Street, Canberra
Very centrally located and with family rooms, cafe and kitchen plus indoor pool and sauna, the YHA is a good choice for families.
Canberra YHA is very close to the bus station and an easy walk to shops and cafes. Lake Burley Griffin is just a 10-15 minute walk away.
Check Canberra YHA availability and prices here.
15 Tay Street, Anthill Street, Watson Canberra 2602
You can rely on this brand for cheap and cheerful accommodation. The Ibis Budget is not in the city centre, it’s about a 7km drive to the middle of Canberra.
The rooms with queen beds and a single bunk are good for families with one child.
Best Holiday Park Canberra
Beaut views from Alivio Tourist Park Canberra
Alivio Tourist Park Canberra is great for families and just a 4km drive from the city centre.
There are heaps of activities and facilities to keep the children busy and happy in between visits to the sights of Australia’s capital.
- choose from 3 bedroom villas which sleep up to 8 people to motel rooms to caravan sites
- Cafe is open for breakfast and dinner
- resort pool, not huge but handy, plus a kids playground
- pool on site plus basketball, volleyball courts and tennis courts, outdoor table tennis and foosball tables
- tennis court
- feels bushy and there are bush walks and mountain bike trails to enjoy right there
- mountain bike trails nearby
Alivio Tourist Park Canberra
20 Kunzea Street, O’Connor ACT 2602Find Alivio Canberra prices and check dates here.
Canberra Zoo Accommodation
Jamala Wildlife Lodge
The National Zoo + Aquarium Canberra has its own unique accommodation for visitors, Jamala Wildlife Lodge. This is a luxurious safari style hotel offering three different options; Ushaka Lodge, Giraffe Tree Houses and Jungle Bungalows.
What could be more exciting for the kids than a Canberra Zoo stay!?
Your stay includes behind the scenes tours and activities, plus you stay VERY close to the animals very very close!
Jamala Wildlife Lodge has won Most Luxurious Hotels prizes and it is a very upmarket and expensive Canberra accommodation option. However, it’s also completely unique and would be a massive treat for any family.
If you’ve read all of this and realise that actually price is the most important factor, then no need to go back to the top, here’s the Booking.com Deals Finder.
Start searching! Just click on See All Deals to search your dates.
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