Crowds enjoying Australian performers live on the lawns of Parliament House during Australia Day Live held in Canberra

Experience the breezy vibrance of a summer getaway in Canberra. Australia’s capital city keeps its cool through warm summer days and relaxed nights. 

Summer is a time to explore our great outdoors. Explore and play in superb parks, lakes, rivers and reserves so close to the city. Visit nearby sub alpine mountains to see Australian wildlife in natural surroundings at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Take an early morning or evening stroll, enjoy one of the major blockbusters on in our galleries and still have time in the day for dining Canberra style or catching up with friends.

Summer is perfect for family reconnection time based around some serious play time for children and teenagers. Both indoor and outdoor activities are on offer at all our national attractions. The amount of things to keep you and your kids engaged and active is a breath of fresh air. 

The Lewis chessmen, about 1150–1175 CE, found in Scotland, probably made in Norway

Summer events and exhibitions

Delight in iconic Australian and international artists and treasures on show in our national attractions and galleries. 

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A ranger gazes at a koala sitting in a fork of a tree at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra in Australia

Australian native wildlife

See iconic native animals in their natural habitat. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is only 45 minutes from the city and offers one of Australia’s most outstanding nature experiences as you walk through habitats brimming with native flora and fauna.

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A young couple smells the aromas of freshly roasting coffee direct from a roasting machine at a cafe and coffee roaster in Canberra

Canberra cafe culture

Canberra’s coffee culture is brewing with outstanding cafes dotted across the city. Inspired by the growing list of national and international awards, local cafes are passionate about sourcing, roasting, and seeking the perfect cup to share with you.

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A woman inspects and discusses goods for sale with a stall holder at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston, a precinct of Canberra, Australia

Summer markets

Looking for something different? Browse our flourishing local markets and boutiques like the Handmade Markets, our local Farmers Market and the legendary Old Bus Depot Markets for collectables, holiday gifts and handmade items, as well as fresh produce and gourmet treats.

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Swimming pool at Hyatt Hotel Canberra as viewed from the steps leading into the pool.

Summer accommodation

Visiting for our summer blockbusters and major events? Check out these fresh deals. Browse and book accommodation to cater for all tastes and budgets so close to the capital’s colourful panoramas, great dining options, and a diversity of things to see and do.

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Two boys look across Cockington Green Gardens sitting on the model train carriage

Summer holidays

Take a short break in your summer holidays and make the trek Canberra. Give your kids (and teenagers) the choice of daily adventures, fascinating experiences, fun playtime or creative activities that will beat holiday boredom guaranteed.

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Chocolatier Robyn Rowe makes a fresh batch of chocolates by hand - see Robyn making chocolate daily along the Poacher's Way.

Summer indulgences

Get sweet on Canberra’s array of cafes, bakeries and eateries this summer. Satisfy your sweet tooth over a high tea, decadent pastries and cakes, hand-made chocolates and our world-renown dessert milkshakes served daily on Instagram and across town. 

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Al fresco dining at Brindabella Hills Winery near Canberra

Food and wine

Canberra’s food scene continues to grow its acclaim. As summer heats up, discover the fruits of our cool climate growing region. Canberra's summer is ideal for al fresco dining as warm evenings beckon people outdoors. Street food eateries and playful cheap eats blend with stylish restaurants and award-winning dining experiences.

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