Embrace the season in Australia’s coolest capital
Snow play at Corin Forest Mountain Resort

Experience the beauty and charm of Canberra in winter. It might be cold outside but more often than not Canberra's brisk winter mornings give way to sunny days, brightened by our trademark big, bright blue sky. 

Embrace winter with a wonderful array of warming events, frosty fun activities and indulgent dining. It is the perfect time to snuggle up in front of a fire with a big glass of cool climate Canberra district wine during events like the month-long Fireside Festival.

Winter is also a great time for foodies, with the annual Truffle Festival - Canberra Region providing magnificent black winter truffles and a variety of memorable dining experiences. 

When there’s snow on the hills surrounding Canberra, the perfect spot to capture some wintery fun is at the Corin Forest Mountain Resort. You can also take a welcome break in Canberra on your way to or from Kosciuszko National Park and the NSW snowfield resorts of Thredbo, Perisher Blue, Mount Selwyn and Charlotte Pass.

Capital Wines Epicurean Centre

Fireside Festival

Distinctive venues create a warming and memorable experience during Fireside Festival, offering authentic cool climate wines matched with gourmet, seasonally-inspired food, as well as live music and entertainment.

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Truffle hunt

The Truffle Festival - Canberra Region

Discover the magic of black truffles at The Truffle Festival - Canberra Region. The local harvest of these highly prized delicacies is celebrated across the region with more than 250 events ranging from truffle hunts and cooking classes to indulgent degustation dinners.

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Parlour Wine Room

Food and wine

As Canberra's dining scene moves through a renaissance of style and approach it continues to win national acclaim. Bistro-style eateries and quality cheap eats blend perfectly with stylish restaurants and award-winning dining experiences.

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Corin Forest

Snow play at Corin Forest

In winter, Corin Forest transforms into an alpine winter wonderland, the perfect setting for Canberra's only snow experience with snow play. Build a snowman, go tobogganing and start a snowball fight at Corin Forest, a 45-minute drive from central Canberra.

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Canberra Raiders

National Rugby League

Join the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium. Nothing beats being part of the crowd at a live rugby league match, especially when the Raiders are playing on their own turf.

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Ona Coffee House

Caffeine fix

Canberra has a thriving coffee culture with cafes dotted across the city. Many cafes share a passion for sourcing, roasting and making the perfect brew, making a statement with their high-quality specialty, single origin, blended, and fair trade coffee they use.

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Skate in the city

Winter Festival in the City

CITY CENTRE, GAREMA PLACE

Winter Festival in the City hosts a wide range of snow play activities for people of all ages including open air ice skating, a giant slide, toboggan rides and European-style pop up food stalls.

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AfterDark lantern tour

afterDARK Lantern Tours

Be amazed on an afterDARK Lantern Tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Join a workshop to make your own lantern before setting out on a fascinating night tour of the gardens with your own ranger guide; it's a wonderful way to spend a winter evening in the nation's capital.

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School holiday fun

School holiday fun

Plan your cool winter family getaway. Whether your children are adventure seekers, budding scientists or creative types there’s something that will appeal to every kid in Canberra during these school holidays.

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BentSpoke brewery

Canberra's breweries

Great things are brewing in Canberra's beer culture. The city now boasts three local breweries producing a variety of ciders alongside lagers, ales, pilsners, stouts and specialty seasonal brews.

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Shopping in Canberra

Shopping

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

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Accommodation in Canberra

Accommodation

Would you love to be here for winter? Check out these cool deals. Browse and book accommodation to cater for all tastes and budgets within easy reach of the capital’s colourful panoramas, blockbuster exhibitions, national festivals and celebrations.

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