Why you need a spring-spiration break in Canberra

Why you need a spring-spiration break in Canberra

Admire more than the usual collection in Canberra this spring. With the capital blanketed with a patchwork of spring blooms, a festival celebrating its status as a design hub and activities to recharge both the mind and body, there’s no better time for a visit or staycation.


Look no further than these ideas for some spring-spiration.

  1. See your capital from a new perspective

    Pack a picnic and hire an electric Go Boat from the Kingston Foreshore to explore Lake Burley Griffin and admire the views of the city from the water. If people watching is more your style, you can’t go past a glass of vino, lakeside, at the Pop Inn wine bar on weekends – locations vary, so check their website or social for details.

    Love vintage and collectables? Add Dirty Janes Canberra to your itinerary. You can spend hours browsing the warehouse in Fyshwick which is an offshoot of the popular Bowral shop.

    Marvel at more than one million stars by taking the kids on a family glamping trip at A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla (25 September – 10 October). Included are meals, ranger guided activities and a behind the scenes vet centre tour at the Tidbinbilla nature sanctuary on Canberra’s fringe.

  2. Explore our vast and diverse backyard

    While the traditional Floriade event is not going ahead this year – with the bulbs and annuals planted out across the city as a reimagined community event, you’ll see the spring blooms popping up everywhere. If you don’t believe us, check out this map for a location near you. And for those unable to travel at this time, there’s a number of virtual events taking place.

    The Australian National Botanic Gardens is the year-round perfect spot to wander, eat and relax. It is celebrating 50 years of growing, researching, protecting, sharing and educating Australians about out native flora. Walk through a rainforest, a red centre garden or eucalypt forest; relax with a spa treatment at Jindii Eco Spa or bite to eat at Pollen café.

    Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park are ideal for hiking. While about one third of the vast Namadgi remains closed as it regenerates following the bushfires earlier this year, there’s still plenty of walks to do. Don’t forget nearby Corin Forest – with snow play running until 11 October and its year-round alpine slide.

    Hire a bike and explore the city. We’ve got plenty of tips and information of where to hire a bike or book a tour. The Canberra and Region Visitor Centre at Regatta Point also hires out Brompton Bikes – perfect for the impromptu ‘Mum!, Dad! I want to ride around the lake’ request.

    Love running? Canberra Times Marathon Festival on 9 November offers six events, ranging from a kids dash up to ultra marathon. For your effort you'll run past some of the city's iconic attractions.

  3. Revel in our capital of design

    From architecture and interiors to world-class contemporary craft, this Canberra festival covers all things design. DESIGN Canberra (9-29 November) celebrates the capital as a global design hub. With some of the nation's best food, wine and brews, it has all the ingredients for a perfect weekend getaway.

    The festival will see more than 150 (mostly free) events, exhibitions, talks, tours, collaborations, artist studios and workshops take place across 21 days. The program celebrates Canberra's epic design history, including the city's renowned 50s architecture and a thriving community of studio artists and opportunities to see inside them.

  4. Reflect on more than the stories you know

    At the National Museum of Australia explore the Endeavour Voyage exhibition which looks at the arrival of James Cook from an Indigenous perspective. Become more familiar with female artists at the Know My Name exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia opening 14 November.

    Missing live gigs? Catch the new Pub Rock exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery featuring portraits and publicity shots from the 70s and 90s from the likes of Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel and Kylie Minogue.  

    For the stories behind the objects, visit the National Film and Sound Archive’s new Hive exhibition space to watch curators tell the stories behind a number of items in their collection, like a shoe from Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

    Across at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House hear stories from journalists in the Truth, Power and a Free Press exhibition.