25 August 2016


7 day forecast

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Experience the beauty and charm of Canberra through four distinct seasons.

Canberra weather is relatively dry with warm to hot summers and cool winters. January is the hottest month and July is the coldest. Being Australia's largest inland city, the humidity is generally quite low and it is generally not very windy.

The city is at an average elevation of 570m (1870 feet) so nights are often clear and can be cool with frosts common in winter. UV radiation can be high, given our altitude and very clean air, so ensure you have adequate sun protection when outside during the day.

Canberra climate

Canberra is a rare treat among Australian cities providing a kaleidoscope of colour, activity and experiences throughout the year based around four distinct seasons.

Spring is between September and December when days are glorious. Australia’s celebration of spring is centred around Floriade as over a million flowers bloom under Canberra's blue skies. Inhale the perfume as trees reveal spring blooms and see our regional vineyards awaken with the first bud bursts. Start your days with moderately fresh mornings, bright, sunny days and brisk nights. Canberra enjoys longer sunshine hours in spring than Sydney and Melbourne making it ideal for bushwalking to see wildflowers at Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Park.

Canberra summers linger from December until early March and deliver endless opportunities to enjoy our great outdoors, especially on Lake Burley Griffin where plenty of water-based sports and activities await. Days are warm to hot, with plenty of sunshine and little humidity, followed by mild, balmy nights.

Autumn falls between March and May and turns the nation’s capital into a true delight as the city’s parks and gardens take on a special, colourful appeal. Canberra’s stunning landscape changes as leaves of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson emerge; balanced by the soft greys and greens of native eucalyptus and coniferous trees. This time of year is a paradise for photographers and Instagrammers are the autumn colours give unlimited potential for capturing stunning autumn shots. Grab your favourite scarf and coat for cool nights and mild days.

Winter arrives in June and lasts until the start of September. It is the perfect time to snuggle up in front of a fire with a big glass of Canberra District cool climate wine. The nights and early mornings are brisk, with frosts and occasional fogs clearing to striking sunny days and bright blue skies. Be refreshed by the pleasure of a bike ride and walks by the lake.

Several times a season in winter, fresh snowfalls cloak the Brindabella Ranges to the west of the city and snow play is often possible at nearby Corin Forest and Tidbinbilla. Check road conditions before venturing out.

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.

Canberra seasons


September 1 - November 30 


December 1 - February 28

Autumn (fall)

March 1 - May 31


June 1 - August 31


Canberra seasonal daily temperature averages


Avg min*

Avg max*

Avg sun hours


6 (40)

19 (66)



12 (54)

27 (81)



7 (45)

20 (68)



1 (34)

12 (54)


* Degrees Celsius  (Degrees Fahrenheit in brackets)