What To Do in Canberra This Winter

Experience the beauty of Canberra in winter with our guide to the city's best events, attractions, and places to stay.

If you're wondering where you can head on holiday this winter, why not consider a trip to Canberra? As the last of the autumn leaves drop and the cool air arrives, Canberra turns up the heat with winter activities from the unique experiences of truffle season to the celebrated national galleries and monuments and so much more.

Whether you're travelling solo or with your partner or friends, you'll love experiencing the dining and local wine experiences on offer in Canberra. And if you're looking for a family-friendly activity, Canberra has plenty to choose from including interactive exhibits and fun activities like ice skating.

However you like to experience winter, Canberra is a destination with plenty to see and do - so bundle up and get ready for a holiday to remember.

Visiting Canberra in Winter

From June to August each year Canberra transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a blend of crisp air and warm hospitality.


As temperatures drop, you'll experience daytime temperatures often between 1°C and 12°C. Nights can be chilly too, making it perfect for enjoying the warmth of indoor activities or the beauty of frosty landscapes.

How Cold Does Canberra Get in Winter?

During the winter months, Canberra experiences a cool climate, with July being the coldest month. Day time temperatures can drop to about 0°C, and frosts are common. However, the clear blue skies and occasional sunny days provide a pleasant backdrop for exploring the city. Anyone up for a wander around Lake Burley Griffin?

When Does Winter Start in Canberra?

If you're an Aussie you'll know Australia winter occurs in the middle of the year which means in Canberra winter begins in July and ends in August. If you're wanting to visit Canberra in winter, you'll need to plan your trip in July, July, or August.


The shoulder seasons of August and Spring are also very good times to visit Canberra. In Autumn, as the mornings get cooler, you'll enjoy the watching the leaves on the trees that line the streets turn an autumnal red, yellow, and orange. Come spring, Canberra is a flurry of floral activity as Australia's biggest celebration of spring, Floriade, takes centre stage in the nation's capital.

Things To Do in Canberra in Winter

Winter in Canberra is not just about staying indoors, it's about embracing the season with winter activities suited for all ages. From ice skating at local rinks to exploring the snow-clad peaks of the nearby Brindabella Ranges, there's no shortage of winter fun to keep you active. 


Truffle Season

Something you can't miss if you visit Canberra in winter is truffle season. This culinary delicacy comes into its own during winter with many local restaurants and wineries serving up ways for you to try truffles. Not sure where to start? Head to The Truffle Farm. Located in the Majura Valley a short drive out of central Canberra, this truffle farm offers the opportunity to join the truffle hunt and enjoy a truffle degustation. Whether you're a truffle pro or new to truffles and looking for a unique way to spend a winter weekend in Canberra, truffle season is worth experiencing.

Culinary Canberra

If the truffles have whet your appetite, you might be keen to explore more of Canberra's culinary scene. Canberra is home to plenty of delectable gourmet fare, from local wines to tasty truffles. It can fly under the radar, but this capital city is one of Australia's most mouthwatering foodie hot spots. 

If you're staying at Novotel Canberra, make a reservation at First Edition where you can enjoy a seasonal menu that features local produce so you can taste Canberra like a local. Plus, if you're a member of Accor Live Limitless you'll earn Reward points when you dine. 


Get a taste of Canberra's regional wine scene by visiting some of the 30 plus wineries. Helm Wines is a wonderful place to start, serving up a dose of classic riesling, while Clonakilla Winery is home to some simply unbeatable shiraz viognier. Book yourself a wine tasting to learn about what's on offer and discover a new favourite wine. 


Don't tell Melbourne and Sydney, but Canberra has also carved itself a stellar reputation when it comes to quality coffee and melt-in-your-mouth cake, so don't forget to check out the cafe culture to fuel your winter adventures. 

Art Galleries, Museums, Monuments

When you've had your fill of Canberra's culinary wonders, make sure you explore its abundant artistic and cultural offerings. Because no visit to Canberra is complete without experiencing the galleries, museums, and monuments that the city is renowned for.


Pay a visit to the National Gallery of Australia, which is home to an incredible range of Australian and Aboriginal art. From paintings to prints and sculptures, there are eye-catching exhibits around every corner, and there's always a new collection or event on show.


What about the National Museum of Australia? This destination delves into the nation's social history. From Indigenous cultures to the arrival of European settlers and Australians' interaction with the environment. This museum sheds light on the history and culture of Australia and is not to be missed.


For a family friendly winter activity, be sure to visit Questacon, the National Science and Technology Theatre, which offers an incredible and accessible foray into all things science and tech. With interactive exhibits, shows, displays and demonstrations, there are days' worth of exciting occasions.


If that's not enough to get you excited about visiting Canberra, try the Cockington Green Gardens out for size. Don't forget to rug up as tou explore this unique destination. Home to meticulously crafted miniature buildings and landscaped greenery, Cockington Green Gardens is a hugely popular attraction, constantly expanding with new features to see and experience. 


Need to head back inside to warm up? The Royal Australian Mint makes for a fascinating stop. This is where all of Australia's coins are made. Take a behind-the-scenes tour delving into how they're created, and check out old and rare coins throughout your visit. Maybe you'd even like to pick up your own collectible?


Now, one for the sports fans: the Australian Institute of Sport. Dedicate some of your afternoon to a tour of the grounds guided by an athlete who will show you where and how Australia's sporting stars train here. There are also fun and interactive exhibits and demonstrations. As you're taken around the facilities, you might spot top gymnasts or swimmers training. How's that for inspiration?

Interesting Places to Visit Near Canberra

South of Canberra is the Snowy Mountains with pristine ski slopes and winter trails. You'll want to rug up cosy and warm for a trip to the Snowy Mountains, whether you're skiing at Perisher, snow-shoeing in Kosciuszko National Park, or enjoying the log fires and mulled wine in between your snowy adventures. 


For those who prefer less adrenaline-fueled activities, the historic town of Gundaroo if about half an hour north of Canberra and offers cosy dining experiences and boutique cool climate wine tastings.

Where to Stay in Canberra in Winter

With all this and more to be enjoyed in Canberra, a holiday here is sure to warm up your winter. Making a weekend of it? There's a variety of great Canberra accommodation options to choose from. 


From hotels with old world charm to budget friendly options or perhaps something centrally located or apartment style - whatever you're after, check out Accor's Canberra hotels to find the best option for your winter trip.

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