Canberra’s seasonal charms
Canberra is a rare treat among Australian cities, providing a kaleidoscope of colour, activity and experiences based around our four distinct seasons. Whatever time of year you visit, you’re sure to find plenty of things to do in Canberra.
Spring in Canberra is exquisite. You’ll find flowers in bloom and the weather warming. It’s a time of outdoor fun and exploration, fresh scented air and a gorgeous blue sky. Spring is an ideal time for bushwalking and cycling around the lakes, with the city bursting into colour.
Grab your hat and don the short sleeves; summer is a great time to explore the outdoors. Canberra has an abundance of superb parks, lakes, rivers and reserves so close to the city, so you can get active or enjoy a lazy picnic in the shade. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Autumn (or Fall) is a particularly beautiful time of year to watch Canberra’s seasonal transition. Canberra's stunning cityscape plunges into hues of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson as our exotic trees transform. It’s also a time of celebration in Canberra, with a packed events calendar.
Winter is chilly in Canberra, yet the sun still often shines bright. It’s the ideal time to visit galleries and museums, enjoy winter activities and indulgent dining with local wines. Relish the view of snow on the mountains and step out in your best winter finery including boots, hats, scarves and gloves.
What to expect from the weather
The weather does change markedly from season to season. Temperatures in summer average 27ºC (80.6ºF), while they drop to daily winter averages of 12°C (53.6ºF).
Canberra generally has low humidity, with dry heat in summer and cool winters. Given the city’s average elevation of 570m (1870 feet), frosts are common in winter and UV radiation can be high.
Whichever the season, Canberra is known for its clean, fresh air and stunning blue skies.