How to Enjoy Autumn in Canberra
If you’re planning a trip to the nation’s capital this autumn, there’s a lot more to see than the leaves changing colour, although that is incredibly beautiful here too. Enjoy the nations grand architectural designed government buildings, accompany a vineyard owner giving guided winery tours and tastings, plus there’s festivals, art exhibits, some budget saver activities and you can even learn how to become a master glassblower.
Spend days sightseeing from Segway’s as you glide past national monuments or explorethe cityon one of the many free guided walks. No matter how you choose to see Canberra this autumn, the weather is clear and the days are long enough to enjoy all activities, any way you choose.Lock in your hotel booking and appreciate the little things in one of Australia’s incredible towns.
Festivals and Events
Catch up with the Crown Jewels – yes, actual crown jewels from the royal families in the dazzling display Cartier: The Exhibition. 300 spectacular pieces of complex jewelled craftsmanship are on display that will make every woman dream of being a princess and wearing the tiara’s on display. Nothing like this has ever been seen in Australia before, this is a very rare exhibition to see.
For music lovers, enjoy 200 acts across 20 venues over 5 glorious days, and join in the fun with thousands of others at the National Folk Festival and saturate your soul in a world of incredible music. Get down to your bluegrass roots and let your spirits soar while listening and dancingcarefree, or kick back with some mellow blues. All creative forms are welcomed with dance, crafts, film and even a circus for all.
See Canberra’s Parliamentary district transformed from March 2nd to 18th, with the Enlighten Festival,offering Night Noodle Markets to make your mouth water, free symphonies in the park, or for those wanting a bigger bout of happiness, how about a giant balloon. Look to the skies and watch an abundance of hot air balloons floating along, filling the sky during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular starting on March 10th to the 18th.
Enjoy guided tours through vineyards by their owners during the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival.Admire the glorious changing colours of the season while taste testing some of the region’s best cool climate wines. Like all festivals there is also music and crafts, artwork and gourmet treats from food artisans in the region.
Must See Activities
Join friendly staff in this national icon building devoted to the remembrance of fallen heroes. It is also much more than just a place of remembrance, find lost family at theAustralian War Memorial, enjoy a Special Forces exhibit or just wander quietly and take in all the unique history, architecture and beauty of the grounds and exhibitions. This is one of the top rated ‘must sees’ of Canberra for good reason, so be sure to leave enough time to see everything.
Colourful, vibrant and fun, let your inner kid run wild at Questacon, a section of the National Science and Technology Centre. Enjoyed by big kids as well as your own kids, spend a day laughing and getting hands on while they blow your mind with interactive activities that make the day fly by. Enjoy the mind blowing science and don’t be surprised if you want to go back again with friends and family to The National Science and Technology Centre.
Get crafty and learn how to make your own spectacular pieces at Canberra Glassworks. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide, visit exhibits or do a workshop and learn for yourself with glassblowing short courses. If you’re interested in a harder task, enjoy the Master Course in glassblowing and let your creative soul soar!
Foodie lovers can find farm fresh fare when you visit the Capital Region Farmers Market, open every Saturday. Enjoy wandering and discovering the fun stalls like The Hungry Brown Cow and Bread Nerds to pick up all of your treats straight from the growers, bakers and makers themselves. The locals are always friendly and always happy to have a chat, making it a delight to explore over 100 stalls each week.
Beer lovers bliss is here with Dave’s Brewery Tours. It’s the perfect way to end your week by unwinding and having Canberra’s only specialist craft beer and microbrewery tour operator share their knowledge, get behind the scenes and enjoy a few awesome ales while you’re at it.
Adventure, Sightseeing and Day Trips
Adrenaline junkies, grab your gear and head off to experience Australia’s Highest Skydive with Skydive Oz.Professional staff make sure you know the drill as you have the experience of a lifetime, gliding back down to earth with a smile from ear to ear as you see all of Canberra from a bird’s eye perspective.
See Canberra as you’ve never seen it before, as you scoot about on the Seg Glide Ride Tour. Glide around Lake Burley Griffin in a fraction of the time or join an experienced guide to share fun facts as you explore the lake and its surrounds. Sightseeing by Segway is the quick, easy and fun way to see everything if you’re short on time, or if you’re just interested in trying out the two wheelers.
Extra Highlights in Canberra
Take a tour with the Free City Loop Bus to see all of the highlights Canberra has to offer. Visit Art Galleries, go shopping, stop for a quick bite at a café or discover a fantastic restaurant. It also goes straight past the Canberra Theatre Centre, so if you are hoping to see a show while you’re in town, be sure to hop off the bus and see what’s on.
Grab the little ones and head to theArt Cart at the National Portrait Gallery and enjoy free activates for the family. Discover hidden talents, draw each other’s portraits or create a ‘deadly selfie’. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s creative and a great way to engage the artist within us all.
Enjoy inspiring artworks in the great outdoors and some fresh air on a Reconciliation Place Free Guided Walk. Catering for 5-40 people at a time, grab your friends, family, the dog and head out for something different and enjoy delightful walk that unites everybody.
When you’re planning your trip to Canberra don’t forget to download the Visit Canberra App that will show you all the free events going on during your visit… alongside the more adventurous ones as well. We have helped plan your trip for autumn, for all other holiday bookings this free app is very useful.
With so much on and so many things to do, autumn is one of the best times to explore Canberra. Be sure to make your journey here when you organise your trip down under.