It’s not always possible to go away for holiday for weeks at a time. Work, kids, money can all be reasons why you’re staying home this year. But staying home doesn’t have to be boring as you can be a tourist in your own town and explore what your city has to offer.  Here are our top picks for cheap and fun experiences in Australia’s capital cities.

Sydney – Holidays @home

Kayaking on Sydney Harbour Take in the stunning Sydney Harbour and all its glorious beaches by hiring a kayak or paddle board.   Cost: Single kayaks $25.00. Information: http://www.rosebayaquatichire.com

Luna Park   Make your way to the iconic Luna Park and enjoy the Tango Train or try the Ferris Wheel dining experience with amazing views of Sydney. Cost: Free entry. Information: www.lunaparksydney.com

Melbourne – Holidays @home

Melbourne Zoo   From pygmy hippos to fur seals to elephants, a visit to the Melbourne Zoo will see you take in over 250 animal species from around the world. Cost: $30 for adults; kids go free on weekends. Information: www.zoo.org.au/melbourne

Urban Golf Get to know the streets of Melbourne by taking part in an urban golf tournament.   Cost: Free.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/MelbourneUrbanGolf

Perth – Holidays @home

Scitech Discovery Centre   For big and little kids, the Scitech Discovery Centre explores the wonderful and exciting world of science. With interactive exhibitions, it is fun for the whole family.   Cost: $17 for Adults; kids under 4 go free. Information: www.scitech.org.au

Free-wheeling Fremantle   Tour the historic port town of Fremantle on two wheels, taking in The Round House, Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Markets.   Cost: $11 per hour. Information: www.visitfremantle.com.au

Adelaide – Holidays @home

Gilles Street Markets Enjoy yummy food, handcrafted fashion and entertainment from local DJs at a fortnightly market in the heart of Adelaide. Cost: Free. Information: www.gillesstreetmarket.com.au

South Australian Museum   Get a dose of culture at the Museum which has permanent exhibitions on Ancient Egypt and Australian indigenous culture to name a few, plus has an action packed school holiday programme. Cost: Free. Information: www.samuseum.sa.gov.au

Darwin – Holidays @home

Mindil Beach Sunset Market   Foodie heaven and a must-do for locals and tourists alike. Try cuisine from around the world including Thai, Sri Lankan, India, Chinese and Malaysian to Brazilian, Greek, and Portuguese.   Cost: Free. Information: www.mindil.com.au

Wave Lagoon   A crocodile and jelly fish free zone, Wave Lagoon offers a water paradise for the whole family. Cost: $18 for a family ticket. Information: www.waterfront.nt.gov.au

Brisbane –  Holidays @home

Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail   Take the kids to the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail set in the heart of the shady Exotic Rainforest in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Cost: Free. Information: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Ghost Tours See a different side to Brisbane with a 1 ½ hour historic ghost tour, led by an eerie Tour Guide.   Cost: $12.50. Information: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Canberra – Holidays @home

Canberra Space Centre   Take a leap into the universe and take a hands on trip of the solar system at the Canberra Space Centre set in the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, part of NASA’s Deep Space Network.   Cost: Free entry. Information: www.cdscc.nasa.gov

National Arboretum   Home to the Pod Playground, a visitor’s centre, cafes, sculpture gardens, picnic grounds and 44,000 trees! Cost: Free entry. Information: http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

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