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Stay warm in the Canberra Winter Cold with these Tips 

winter in canberra guide

Don’t let the winter chill stop you from experiencing the vibrant charm of Canberra. While the capital city may be known for its frosty winters, it also boasts a plethora of cosy and exciting activities that make it a perfect winter destination. From exploring top Canberra attractions to indulging in delicious dining, here’s how to stay warm and enjoy your time in Canberra this winter.

Discover Canberra’s Museums

Canberra is home to some of Australia’s most iconic museums, making it an ideal destination for a winter getaway. Escape the cold and dive into the city’s rich history and culture,

The Australian War Memorial is a must-visit attraction, featuring commemorative shrines, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. Wander through the exhibits that honour the sacrifices of Australian soldiers and take a moment to reflect in the Hall of Memory, the Pool of Reflection, or the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.

Canberra’s Museums

Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Museum of Australia explores the diverse stories that have shaped the nation. With a range of interactive displays, fascinating artefacts, guided tours and experiences, it’s a great place to spend a chilly afternoon.

Perfect for families, Questacon offers a fun and educational experience with plenty of hands-on exhibits and engaging science demonstrations guaranteed to keep everyone entertained, regardless of age.

Explore Canberra’s Art Galleries

For art enthusiasts, winter in Canberra is the perfect time to explore the city’s vibrant art scene. The capital is home to several renowned art galleries that showcase both national and international works.

Warm up as you explore one of the country’s largest art collections at the National Gallery of Australia. From Indigenous masterpieces to modern art, there’s something to captivate every visitor. Don’t miss the iconic sculpture garden, which is particularly enchanting in the winter months.

Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) offers a unique blend of social history and visual arts. Located in the heart of the city, CMAG features exhibitions that reflect Canberra’s diverse culture and heritage.

Nestled within the Australian National University campus, Drill Hall Gallery is known for its contemporary art exhibitions. It’s a great spot to discover emerging artists, thought-provoking installations and iconic artworks including Sidney Nolan’s 9-panel panorama, Riverbend.

Visit the National Arboretum Canberra

The National Arboretum is a stunning place to visit year-round, but it takes on a unique beauty in winter. The expansive grounds feature forests of rare and endangered trees, and the panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains are simply breath-taking. Warm up with a hot drink at the Village Centre café while taking in the views.

National Arboretum Canberra

Take a Scenic Drive

Winter is a great time to explore the scenic drives around Canberra. The Brindabella Range offers stunning views and a chance to see snow-covered landscapes without straying too far from the city. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and enjoy the serene beauty of the Australian winter countryside.

Indulge in Canberra’s Culinary Delights

No winter visit to Canberra is complete without sampling the city’s thriving food scene. From cosy cafes to gourmet restaurants, there’s a dining option to suit every palate.

Start your culinary journey at Monster Kitchen and Bar, located within stylish Ovolo Nishi. The menu is inspired by seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, offering a dining experience that is both comforting and innovative. Don’t forget to try their signature winter cocktails as part of the Ovolo hygge experience.

Warm up with a cup of boutique coffee at The Cupping Room on bustling University Avenue. Known for its artisanal brews and delicious breakfast options, this concept cafe is a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Mocan & Green Grout is an intimate café with a cosy atmosphere and a delightful menu, including fresh-out-the-oven banana bread, bacon, fried egg and relish rolls, and avocado and chèvre on sourdough. It’s the perfect spot for a hearty brunch or a relaxing lunch.

For a touch of European warmth during Canberra winter, head to Italian and Sons. This award-winning restaurant is renowned for its rustic Italian cuisine, featuring tasty antipasti, handmade pasta, and a carefully curated wine list.

canberra restaurants

Embrace the Ovolo Hygge Experience

Stay warm and toasty this winter with the Ovolo hygge experience. Inspired by the Danish concept of hygge, which emphasises creating a cosy and comfortable atmosphere, Ovolo invites you to embrace this charming tradition. Enjoy 20% off a minimum 2-night stay at Ovolo Nishi and indulge in the ultimate winter treat with signature winter cocktails, a pair of slippers to take home, and 10% off Booktopia, perfect for cosy nights curled up with a good book.

Winter in Canberra offers a unique charm and plenty of exciting attractions, perfect for a memorable getaway. From exploring world-class museums and art galleries to indulging in delicious food and embracing the Ovolo hygge experience, there are lots of ways to stay warm and enjoy the city. So, bundle up, venture out, and discover the best of Canberra winter.