Located in the geographical center of Canberra, the Woden region has so many things to enjoy. It was hard to narrow down some of our favourites but we think there are a few things here you are bound to enjoy.

Red Hill Lookout

To reach the top of Red Hill Lookout you can walk your way up or visit by car. If you walk up you can walk to the furthest south hill and walk across the top until you reach the lookout. When you drive there is a carpark on top that provides convenient access to the lookout. The lookout provides fantastic views of south and north Canberra and is a great spot to bring friends from interstate or just to grab some eye catching photos of this beautiful city we live in.

View looking North from Red Hill lookout point

If you visit during the day you can also grab a coffee and a bite to eat at Coffee N Beans café. The café is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm and we think it has one of the best views in Canberra. On the menu you will find breakfast favorites such as Eggs Benedict and the big breakfast, while for lunch you can try their vegan brunch, fish and chips and Greek lamb burger.

View looking south from Coffee N Beans at Red Hill

Escape Rooms

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Are you ready to accept the challenge? If so head to to Escape Rooms Phillip located just off Townshend Street. Offering 3 rooms that range in difficulty, you’ll have 70 minutes to unravel a mystery and escape. How fun! Rooms can host 2-7 people depending on the room you enter.

Another unique offering at Escape Rooms Canberra is the Garden Party area. Set at the back of the rooms you’ll find a cocktail bar and function space. They have an extensive range of craft beers, wines and a curated cocktail menu. This is a space you can book after you’ve finished escaping and it is a fun way to cap of a great time with friends.

Escape Rooms Canberra reception area

Swimming and Ice Skating

Whether its hot or cold, you can take advantage of what’s on offer at the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre. The swimming pool is open from November to March while the ice skating rink is open all year (minus a few dates). If you’ve never skated before, they do offer classes for young and old. We think you should just head out on the ice and give it a go! We do have a tip – be sure to wear thick socks as the skates will rub and you don’t want blisters on the back of your feet.

Phillip swimming pool

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Phillip ice skating rink

Head To The Zoo

The National Zoo and Aquarium is a must see. The zoo is home to so many wonderful critters including penguins, red pandas, hyenas, apes and monkeys, Tasmanian devils, rhinos lions, tigers, meerkats and more. You can book a general admission ticket, but there is a range of close encounters you can do. One of the most memorable is the opportunity to meet a cheetah or becoming a zoo keeper for a day.

If you really want to have a 5-star experience at the Zoo, why not stay the night at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge. The lodge offers an experience like no other where you can stay in a luxurious suite right next to tigers, bears, giraffes or a part of the aquarium.

National Zoo and Aquarium driveway

Mount Stromlo Observatory

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Located to the west of Woden town center the Observatory is worth the trip. This area is home to the headquarters of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Throughout the year the Observatory hosts free public stargazing nights and lectures that can be a lot of fun. There are also tours of the area than run frequently or do the Heritage Trail which is a great way to experience what is on offer.

The Observatory hosts events all the time so its best to check their website if you are heading out as you may find something worthwhile that is only on at a specific time.

Now you know a little bit more about what Woden has on offer that you can head out an explore. We hope there is something new here for you to enjoy.

Mount Stromlo Observatory and Visitor Centre