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Cosy Canberra activities to help you forget about the cold

Updated 5 Feb 2024

Feeling a getaway in Canberra but wondering what you can do to stay warm? Beat the winter chill with some of these cosy Canberra activities.

You're already breaking the mold by holidaying during the winter, and for that, we applaud you. But just because it's not the warm season, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a pleathora of cosy activities in Canberra. Perfect for day or night, from delicious food to suggestions to shake up the some destination classics, we promise these suggestions will make a Canberra winter even more enjoyable.

The tea room at the Hyatt Hotel

Head to high tea

There’s something to be said about indulging in the time-honoured tradition of tiered plates of delicious cakes and tarts and sipping on award-winning tea (or Champagne).

Luckily there are plenty of places in Canberra to book into for this delicious  ritual, with an abundance of beautiful venues where you can sip and snack in heritage-listed venues, lakeside venues, and plush surroundings. There’s The Marion, the Hyatt, White Rabbit Cocktail Room, and Queen’s Terrace Cafe, just to name a few.

Couple of women looking at fink jug at National Museum of Australia's gift shop
National Museum of Australia gift shop, Image: Martin Ollman

Explore the galleries and museums

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again—we’re so incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful national attractions on Canberra’s doorstep. And since we all need a little break from the winter chill sometimes, why not explore some of the indoor exhibitions that are currently showing?

Our What’s On section is a great place to start—listing all exhibitions and events taking place at the  National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait GalleryQuestacon, the National Library of Australiathe Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and Australian Parliament House, as well as the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.

The Meat and Wine Co., Image: Rohan Thompson

Eat some comfort food

Rather sit somewhere cosy and eat your feelings? Yeah, us too. We’ve pulled together a guide on warm and cosy places to eat and drink when Canberra gets cold. From hearty burgers to bottomless pasta, there’s something for every kind of craving.

A massage bed and basin at a stylish and modern day spa.

Relax into spa life

Need to chill out a little (without having to brave the cold)? A day at the spa might be the perfect solution. Fortunately, Canberra has you covered with luxurious experiences on offer from Hale Gym+Spa, to an escape like Jindi Eco Spa at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, there’s a variety of options, and all will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated

The Tipsy Sketching Club at Verity Lane Market

Get your creativity on

Painting, pottery, and more—if you’re looking for a night out that doesn’t involve heading to a bar or club, how about a cheeky craft session? Whether you want to learn a new hobby, perfect your craft a little bit more, or just hang out with friends, we promise there is a class for you. Spend a night churning out around 4 works at one of Clay Studio Canberra’s Pop Up Wheel Classes, immerse yourself in nature with a workshop at Nature Art Lab, or combine genres with a night out at Tipsy Sketching Club.

Two axes in front of wooden targets
Axxe - Urban Axe Throwing

Try something a little... unusual

Sick of the movies? Bored of bowling? How about trying something a little more unusual? From axe throwing to having a big, cathartic break to indoor snow sports (because while it might be chilly, snow isn’t on the cards), there’s something for everyone feeling a bit adventurous in Fyshwick.

It doesn’t take much to enjoy the cosy nooks and crannies of Canberra, and it’s made all the better by the array of lovely options and something for everyone in the cosy indoors. So before you say no to a winter holiday, come explore the nation’s capital and all the variety it has on offer.

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