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Canberra’s summers are hot and dry (think: T-shirts, shorts, and sandals all day). Get your dose of Vitamin D and head out into the city’s vast open spaces and freshwater lakes. Temperatures dip a bit in the evening so we suggest snagging a spot at a rooftop bar during the sunset hours to grab a cocktail or two.
Lake Burley Griffin is the beating heart of Canberra’s summer. Live your best lake life and go sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, or even stand-up paddleboarding. You can also lounge shore-side—whatever floats your boat.
Nothing beats the summer heat quite like a quick dip. Canberra’s got two swimming holes where you can perfect that cannonball: Cotter Bend and Gibraltar Creek.
The Jamala Wildlife Lodge within the National Zoo and Aquarium is the closest you’ll get to an African safari experience right in Australia. The biggest draw? You get to spend the night next to lions, tigers, cheetahs, and bears—safely behind glass.
Grab some much-needed shade under the canopy of over 44,000 trees at the National Arboretum Canberra. Throw a summer barbie or (temporarily) lose the kids to the massive Pod playground, a series of giant acorn cubbies connected by tunnels, slides, and ladders designed for endless fun.
Canberra’s winters are chilly, but the sun still shines bright from June to August. Though snowfall’s rare, mornings and evenings are particularly brisk so we consider it a good-enough excuse to warm up with mulled wine and eggnog at the annual Christmas in July markets, an Aussie tradition of getting a little holiday spirit going during their colder months.
The cold weather also signals the start of truffle season. Join the hunt and sniff out the wild aromas of black winter Périgord truffles at Canberra’s top truffle farms. The city’s finest restaurants also dish up this seasonal ingredient as part of the annual Truffle Festival. Truffle pizza, anyone?
Canberra’s world-class museums and art galleries are fantastic any time of year but winter adds some festive cheer to the calendar of events. The school holidays mean there are lots of fun, kid-friendly activities and exhibits going on all season.
Over at the Canberra Glassworks Hotshop, a winter lineup of events will have you seeing your glassware in a whole new light. There are glass-blowing demonstrations by international artists, glass markets, and winter illuminations, too.
The city’s gardens and parks literally come to life in the spring—with thousands of flowers blooming in a rainbow of hues. But spring also ushers in the wettest months of the year…so pack an umbrella, you know, just in case.
Join in Australia’s biggest spring celebration—the annual Floriade Festival at Commonwealth Park. It’s a month-long floral display, plus there are other festival highlights like the Floriade NightFest, when the park is transformed into an illuminated playground after the sun goes down.
The warmer weather is ideal for exploring Canberra’s burgeoning wine region. Stroll through vineyards and enjoy a long lunch in the outdoors, with a glass of crisp Chardonnay in hand, of course.
Up for a little cardio? Take in the city’s iconic landmarks along the well-connected cycling networks. But do be warned: It’s magpie swooping season. The birds can strike from above, so local cyclists attach streamers, flags, and other curiosities to their helmets to keep them at bay.
Where to stay
- BraddonDotted with industrial-chic buildings, hipster-friendly Braddon gives off a fresh, young vibe and is home to lots of new businesses. Check out Lonsdale Street—you’ll find a new generation of artisanal coffee roasters, design shops, craft breweries, quirky indie fashion boutiques, and modern Australian restaurants.Read more
- BelconnenBelco—as the locals affectionately call it—is your budget-friendly alternative to staying in the city centre. Students might call Belco their base because of the nearby university, but it’s really a family suburb, with countless child-friendly spots to explore like Belconnen Fresh Food Markets and Lake Ginninderra.Read more
- TuggeranongWith undisrupted views of the Brindabella Ranges and Murrumbidgee River coursing through, Tuggeranong—just 20 minutes south of the city—is a good spot if you’re planning outdoor activities like bush-walking and biking. Or take a dip in the freshwater lakes around “Tugger” and round out the day with a BBQ or picnic.Read more
- KingstonKingston may be one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs but its energy is anything but. Posh apartments, bars, restaurants, and shops make up its two zones: Kingston Shops and the Green Square. The Foreshore always has something going on as well, thanks to the Old Bus Depot Markets and Canberra Glassworks.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- Lake Burley GriffinLake Burley Griffin is the centre of Canberra, in every sense of the word. No matter the season, the lake is buzzing with activity—it’s a playground for water sports, full of green spaces for picnics, or alive with colourful displays during fall and spring. Take your pick of the lakeside cafes and restaurants or stay the night at one of the hotels overlooking the lake.Read more
- Parliament HouseDefinitely make it a point to visit the Australian Parliament House, at the apex of the Parliamentary Triangle on Capital Hill. This architecturally impressive building is not only the meeting place of Australia’s politicians, but it’s also the symbol of Canberra’s history and culture. Plus, you can check out lots of other iconic landmarks and renowned international hotels nearby.Read more
- Australian War MemorialThrough exhibitions, displays and artworks, the Australian War Memorial spotlights the nation’s history in war and conflict. If you stay around the area, you’ll catch impressive views of the visually powerful Anzac Parade, with its 0.7-mile red gravel path that leads to the foot of the memorial.Read more
- National Zoo and AquariumGet up close and personal with some of the world’s coolest creatures at Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium. Enjoy everything from lions and koalas to sharks and clown fish. Score a family-friendly stay in the bordering Yarralumla suburb, a scenic spot with endless green spaces—and don’t be surprised by the occasional wild kangaroo encounter.Read more
- A by Adina Canberra, Avenue Hotel Canberra, and Mercure Canberra are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Australian War Memorial. See the full list: Hotels near Australian War Memorial.
- Popular cheap hotels in Canberra include Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Kingston, Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Dickson, and Ramada by Wyndham Diplomat Canberra. See the full list: Cheap Hotels in Canberra.
- Hotel Realm, Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra, James Court, and Nesuto Canberra Apartment Hotel have a spa and received excellent reviews from travellers in Canberra. See the full list: Spa Resorts Canberra.