Canberra is the most popular school excursion destination with over 100,000+ students visiting each year. The national capital offers a range of educational programs that cover history, art, science, the environment and culture. They use a range of fun, interactive techniques for students develop a better understanding of Australia. A Canberra school trip is both a rite of passage and an important educational experience for students in many parts of Australia.

Financial assistance is available to school groups to help subsidise the cost of Canberra school camps. The PACER (Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate) program offers a rebate of $20 up to $340 per student depending on distance travelled. Find out more here

Canberra Accommodation

Canberra City YHA

Canberra City YHA is located right in the heart of the nation’s capital and provides convenient access to all the major attractions that Canberra has to offer. Canberra City YHA is a perfect accommodation option for your group as is well-serviced, featuring a cafe, indoor pool/spa/sauna, free Wi-Fi all throughout the property, fully equipped kitchen, rooftop BBQ area and TV/games area. Canberra City YHA has a large number of both four and eight share rooms, with communal bathrooms located on every floor. All rooms include linen, lockers and personal bed lamps

Canberra Activities & Attractions

Absolute Travel can provide a complete itinerary for your preferred attraction visits in Canberra. Just let us know where you would like to visit, and we will handle all the bookings and organisation.  We can also add in a packed or picnic lunch.

When your students visit Parliament House they will tour the building, take part in an interactive education program and, when possible, meet their Member and Senators. We offer a free, informative and interactive experience, where students learn how the Australian political system works and the important role the Federal Parliament plays in the lives of all Australians. During sitting weeks, your class can catch Question Time and watch parliamentary debate as it happens.
The Australian War Memorial is committed to creating the best possible learning experience for your students, in one of the world’s most engaging museums. For more than 75 years the Australian War Memorial has been telling the story of Australia’s involvement in war through the eyes of those who serve. Visits and activities include teacher-guided groups, education programs, school wreath laying ceremonies, and attendance at the Last Post Ceremony.
MoAD’s vision is to engage Australians in the importance of getting involved, to celebrate the spirit of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. During MoAD Learning programs, students bring history to life as they re-enact historical political events where they happened. They take part in interactive political debates in historic chambers, explore our democratic history using interactive digital screens, and make connections to their contemporary world.
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra’s Parliamentary Zone offers over 200 hands-on experiences in eight themed galleries. At Questacon students are encouraged to ask questions while interacting with exhibits to explore the science behind our world and discover a smarter way to have fun. Groups can book for a self guided gallery experience or try ‘Q by Night’ a 2 hour evening guided adventure through the exhibits.
Discover Australia’s premier elite sport precinct. Sport is Australia’s passion, so get into the spirit and find out what it takes to become a high performance athlete. Bring your students along to experience the excitement. Tour the AIS On a guided 90-minute Australian Institute of Sport Tour, your students will discover where Australia’s sporting champions are created and gain a unique insight into the life of elite athletes. On one of Canberra’s most popular tours, your students gain an insight into our rich sporting past and a window into its future. Challenge yourself in Sportex Step into a world of fun, excitement and activity with Sportex, our interactive sports experience, where students can try wheelchair racing, downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts and more. Best of all, Sportex is included free as part of an AIS Tour. Make sure you leave time to visit the AIS shop for great sporting gear and AIS souvenirs.

Visit the National Museum of Australia and get hands-on with the history and cultures of Australia. Explore the land, nation and people of Australia focusing on Indigenous history and European settlement. 

Australia’s official Mint, it is where every coin is made.

A visit to the Royal Australian Mint will enable your students to learn how coins are made and make their own $1 coin (at a cost of $3), see robots at work and discover the interesting history of coins in Australia.

Australia’s official Mint, it is where every coin is made.

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Experience Australia’s federal electoral system at the National Electoral Education Centre and immerse your students in the power of Australia’s democracy. Students will explore the history of democracy and voting in Australia and enhance their knowledge of representation, enrolment and voting through hands-on activities. Students will also experience what it’s really like to vote by running their own election, taking on the roles of voters, scrutineers and polling officials, counting the votes and declaring the result.

Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum, one of Canberra’s premier tourist attractions, contains more than 50 skeleton and skull displays and over 50 lifelike dinosaur models, as well as many animatronic dinosaurs which move, roar, bite, blink, and even breathe!

Our experienced guides take students on a journey starting 4.4 billion years ago, when the Earth was just forming, with the oldest mineral in the world. They travel forward, visiting Australia throughout different eras, including the Age of the Dinosaurs. 

Each program runs for 90 minutes, with a 60 minute tour, and 30 minutes to experience our interactive areas, dinosaur garden, or browse through Canberra’s largest display of fossils, minerals and natural crystal specimens in our recently upgraded shop.

Telstra Tower rises 195 metres above the summit of Black Mountain and provides unsurpassed 360-degree views of Canberra and surrounds.

Situated in a beautiful nature reserve, the Tower is a futuristic landmark that plays a vital role in Australia’s
telecommunication network. The Tower provides facilities for national and commercial television, FM radio, mobile phones, video and tele-conferencing.

Students visiting the Tower can see the city unfold from the enclosed viewing gallery or the two open viewing platforms. 


The largest patch of the endangered ecosystem, Mulligans has been the site of a number of research projects including many animal reintroductions of species that were once here but had been lost.

A new and exciting curriculum-linked adventure awaits schoolkids of all ages at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary—a reserve that protects the critically endangered box-gum grassy woodlands. This is the only place in Australia where students can experience true conservation efforts and rare wildlife without leaving city limits.


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