Best Things To Do In Canberra With Kids – Royal Australian Mint

Aside from the fact that it would be deeply painful (and frankly, unhygienic) to dive into a pile of coins, it was always my dream to be filthy filthy rich like Scrooge McDuck when I grew up. So I'm not gonna lie - this was the first scene that played in my head when we decided to visit the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

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Although you cannot dive into pools of money at the Mint, you can watch big pools of  money being made, as the visitor centre overlooks the coin factory.

The Royal Australian Mint is a great rainy day activity in Canberra for kids of all ages. Entry is free and there's plenty of on-site parking. Kids receive an activity book on arrival, and there is a colouring-in table to keep little ones busy.

It's best to visit on a weekday so you can see the coin production in action, including the amazing 3-metre-tall Titan robot. He can lift up to 1000kg and is a pretty good dancer too.

Fun and informative free tours are held everyday, and your tour guide will amaze you with interesting factoids about Australia's currency. E.g. Wheelie bins are made from recycled polymer banknotes (literally made of money!) and the first Australian coin ('The Holey Dollar') was made by a convict who had been sent to Australia after being convicted of counterfeiting!

Tour times at the Royal Australian Mint Canberra:
Monday - Friday: 10am & 2pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 11am, 1pm and 2pm

Free tour with the fun and engaging Jai

Our kids were fascinated by the production robots, and by the big buckets of coins on the factory floor.

You'll find a cafe and gift shop downstairs where you can mint your very own $1 coin (cost is $3).

Oooh...sparkly...

 

 

Visiting The Royal Australian Mint In Canberra

Phone: (02) 6202 6999

Opening Hours: 
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10am - 4pm
Closed on Christmas Day & Good Friday

Entry is free

 

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