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Canberra's Moodiest Winter Photo Locations

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by Heidi Cee (subscribe)
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Published July 10th 2019
Canberra's most insta-worthy winter photo spots
Of the many things Canberra does well, brilliantly distinct seasons are the highlight. The moody Nordic-noir of Canberra in winter is the perfect counter punch to its fiery autumns and flower saturated springs. While the idea of bare trees and grey skies may not sound exciting at first, Canberra offers up some great opportunities for moody winter photos to change up your insta feed.

So where can you ace the perfect shot? Read on for some of the best winter photo spots in Canberra.

1. Lake Burley Griffin (or Lake Ginninderra or Lake Tuggeranng) on a really cold morning

As the overnight temperatures drop, it can be tough to get out of bed early but if you can brave the frost, head to Lake Burley Griffin, or for that matter, any of Canberra's lakes. When the conditions are right, the cold water of the lake hitting the frigid early morning air creates a swirling fog which can be mesmerising as the sun climbs over the horizon.

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Fog swirling at Scrivener Dam, Canberra


2. The Himalayan Cedar Forest

The Himalayan Cedar Forest looks like something plucked straight from a Scandi thiller and when you mix in a hint of winter fog, there are some great photo opportunities. The dramatic twisted metal 'wide brown land' sculpture is right next to the cedar forest and adds an interesting element to your winter snaps.

3.Mount Stromlo Observatory

The old observatory at Mount Stromlo was devastated in the 2003 bushfires. While some restoration has taken place, the old observatory is in its ruined state. Its the perfect place for a curious camera lens providing plenty of texture, grit and great views to boot.


4. The Australian War Memorial


As solemn a place as you can find, the interesting architecture combined with rich history and touching stories makes the War Memorial is an interesting place to photograph. Look closely and you'll find sculptures, trees and even gargoyles vying to be centre-frame.

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Sculpture of Simpson and his donkey, Australian War Memorial


5. The surrounding countryside on a foggy day

You only need to drive a short distance in any direction from Canberra and you'll be surrounded by farmland. The combination of creeks, bare trees and fog can make for some super moody landscapes. Frosty branches and leaves, mist and curious animals may be happy to photobomb for you too!

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Foggy creek near Canberra


Honorable mention: Lake George

Lake George, nicknamed the disappearing lake, is just made for mystery, intrigue, ghost stories... and interesting snaps. When the weather is right, the lake and surrounding hills are draped in wispy blankets of fog creating a dreamy and unusual place to get the camera out.

Whether you're a beginner like me or a seasoned professional, winter in Canberra won't disappoint with its diverse offering of moody winter photo opportunities. Happy snapping!

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Why? To capture Canberra at its Winter best
When: Winter annually
Where: Various locations around Canberra
Cost: Free
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