Classic Canberra autumn experiences

Classic Canberra autumn experiences

Canberra is a rare treat among Australian cities, providing a wide variety of activities and experiences based around the four distinct seasons. Autumn is all about snapping photos against the backdrop of autumnal leaves, listening to live music under the sun, picking up seasonal produce from the markets, finding your new favourite artwork at blockbuster exhibitions, and sipping wine at pop-up bars.

Starting on 19 April you can enjoy daily flights to Canberra from Sydney from just $99 one way with Rex. With seven return flights each day there’s plenty of flexibility so you can fit all the classic Canberra autumn experiences into your trip.

  1. Stroll through vistas of autumn leaves

    Autumn is an extraordinarily beautiful time to visit Canberra, when the stunning cityscape plunges into hues of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson as the city’s exotic trees transform. See our guide to the top spots to see autumnal foliage to take in the kaleidoscope of colours first-hand.

    A kayaker paddles next to a row of red trees during autumn.
    @canberrastrikeapose captured this kayaker enjoying the autumnal leaves perfectly..

  2. Attend a music festival featuring Radiohead and Mozart

    Each autumn embark on a 10-day musical adventure with the Canberra International Music Festival (30 April – 9 May). With intimate performances by some of Australia’s favourite musicians set in iconic Canberra locations, this festival celebrates both sights and sounds. From piano to didgeridoo, late-night jazz to Beethoven for breakfast – expect more than a typical festival program. Think Radiohead by a pianist in a laneway market and walks through the Australian National Botanic Gardens set to a live soundtrack by seven musical acts.

    A woman with a violin and a man with a didgeridoo playing together.
    From classical violin to didgeridoo, the Canberra International Music Festival celebrates music from around the world.

  3. Surround yourself with masterpieces at three blockbuster art exhibitions

    Marvel at the artistry of Van Gogh’s famous sunflowers, Monet’s waterlilies and Rembrandt’s self-portrait at Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London (5 March - 14 June). Held at the National Gallery of Australia, this unprecedented exhibition spans 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain from this gallery in the last 192 years.

    Two women talking in front of masterpieces at the National Gallery of Australia.
    See the masters at the National Gallery of Australia. Installation view: Anthony van Dyck. Lady Elizabeth Thimbelby and her Sister. c. 1635. © The National Gallery, London.

    Then celebrate love in all its forms - from the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited to the scandalous – at Australian Love Stories (20 March – 1 August). Swoon over 200+ photographs, paintings, sculptures and immersive glass installations at the National Portrait Gallery. Each artwork features unique tales of love including those of Bob and Blanche, Kath and Kim, plus Nell and Kylie Kwong. 

    Step inside the National Museum of Australia to see Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion (20 February – 8 August) and celebrate garments and textiles by First Nations designers.

    A woman in a field wearing a colourful red and pink dress with structural features.
    Celebrate First Nations designers at the National Museum of Australia, including Body Armour by Grace Lillian Lee.

  4. Sip wine from a shipping container

    Locals have been known to time a weekend walk around Lake Burley Griffin to ‘accidentally’ run into The Pop Inn, Canberra’s own pop up wine bar in a shipping container. Sometimes accompanied by a musician, the Pop Inn is the spot for people watching and chilling in the sun with a glass of vino. Locations change each week, so follow them on social or their website to see where they’ll be next.

    Couples enjoying a glass of wine and sunshine next to a caravan called The Pop Inn.
    Enjoy a glass of local cool-climate wine at The Pop Inn.

  5. Pick up seasonal produce at the markets

    Who doesn’t love a market for tasty treats and great people watching? The monthly Hall Markets (first Sunday of each month) have returned, providing a mix of produce, arts and craft, homewares and more. For fresh produce markets in the inner city, the new Haig Park Village Markets in Braddon on a Sunday is a must before a wander along the Lonsdale Street café and restaurant strip. And Canberra’s biggest produce market, the Capital Region Farmers Market, is a hive of activity at EPIC each Saturday morning – grab brunch and chat to the producers.

    Capital Region Farmers Market
    Pick up fresh seasonal produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market.

Find out more about Canberra's great autumn events and seasonal eats.


Headline image snapped by @simplycheeecky.