Must do winter activities in Canberra

Must do winter activities in Canberra

Canberra embraces each season and winter is no exception. While winter in Canberra is synonymous with nearby snow-capped mountains and an excuse to wear your favourite coat; the skies are blue and the sun shines bright. It’s the ideal time to visit galleries, cosy up for some fireside dining and, of course, hit the slopes (or enjoy a toboggan ride).

Here’s our guide to the top things to do, see and eat this June, July, and August in Canberra.

  1. Ready, set, snow

    If you want to brave the cold, then take a visit to Corin Forest – Canberra’s snowfield. Ride a toboggan, build a snowman or make a snow angel in the purpose-built snow play area. 

    Right next door you can explore huge granite boulders, Alpine Ash forests and Snow Gum woodlands at Square Rock. The Square Rock Lookout is approximately 1,400 metres above sea level with stunning views of the Australian bush.

  2. Discover black gold

    Winter means truffle season and Canberra celebrates in style with the Truffle Festival. Join a hunt and watch talented truffle dogs in action, taste this indulgent ingredient for yourself at a cooking class or long lunch, or pick up some black gold as a souvenir to take home and cook with.

  3. Get cosy with fireside dining

    Enjoy a leisurely long lunch at Contentious Character Winery. Picture rolling hills and distant views of the Snowy Mountains and you can imagine the view at this cool-climate cellar door. While the kitchen serves up a fresh, local sharing menu paired with wines, look across the vineyard and surrounding countryside to reconnect with nature.

  4. Learn to ski… indoors

    If your ski form gets an icy reception, Canberra is well-equipped to enable you to learn from the best. Get the heart pumping with indoor alpine thrills at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports. With beginner ski lessons as well as the ability to change the slope incline and speed, this techy ski slope is suited to kids, novices and avid skiers alike.

  5. Dine in a dome

    Step inside this stylish dome to unlock a new way of dining under the stars. Custom designed to ensure warmth during the cooler months, you’ll enjoy maximum comfort while taking in the nighttime views. These domes are located at popular pub The Dock on the glistening Kingston Foreshore.


  6. High tea time

    For the traditional high tea experience fit for a queen, visit the heritage-listed Tea Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel. Buvette High Tea at the Burbury Hotel also offers an elegant afternoon soiree. Enjoy sweet and savoury treats with tea or champagne as you take in the sweeping views of the city and Lake Burley Griffin from the terrace. And for a uniquely Canberra high tea, enjoy the Queen's Terrace weekend high tea experience inside Australia's Parliament House.

    For a high tea with a twist fall down the rabbit hole and devour in a bountiful array of delectable savoury bites and moreish dessert treats at White Rabbit Cocktail Room’s Tipsy Tea.

  7. Stroll through a gallery

    It is no secret that Canberra is home to an extensive number of gallery and exhibition spaces, showcasing the works of talented local artists and national cultural collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Glassworks and Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery.

    If you would like to delve deeper into the art world, wander through Grainger Gallery, an emerging art gallery in the heart of Canberra’s revitalised Dairy Road Precinct in Fyshwick.

  8. Relax and rejuvenate

    Keeping in the theme of indulgent affairs, mudd The Spa located in Hotel Realm will relax your mind, body and soul. The spa provides head-to-toe treatments using ancient healing traditions within the contemporary surrounds. Then if you feel like a workout, hydrotherapy spa, or a gentle swim, pop into the Evo Health Club next door.

    Also in the same Barton precinct is the popular Hale Gym + Spa within the historic Brassey Hotel, where you can relax before or after a pampering session by the Spa's fireside.

  9. Get your skates on

    Civic Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland with an open-air ice-skating arena for the winter school holidays as part of Wintervention (25 June - 11 July). Take a spin around the rink or watch the professionals perform gravity-defying moves during Stars on Ice performances on Fridays and weekends. Browse a market with art and vintage clothing stalls on the first two weekends or enjoy live music, hot chocolates, locally distilled gin and fresh eats all week long. 

  10. Catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus

    Platypus spotting is great in August at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The platypus are just one of the many creatures you can spot at Tidbinbilla. With snow gum woodlands and open grasslands in its valley, Tidbinbilla is home to more than 160 species of birds as well as echidnas, koalas, wallabies, emus, kangaroos and more.

Whatever time of year you visit, you’re sure to find plenty of things to do in Canberra. From the crisp and cool winter season to sunny summer days with high temperatures - each of the four seasons brings a certain charm and an array of unique activities to experience.