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Four Seasons of Canberra

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Published April 22nd 2018
Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer fun
Canberra is a great place to visit all year round, here are some family friendly fun things to do for each season.

four seasons of Canberra
Four Seasons of Canberra

Autumn - The Australian Running Festival – every year in March-April.

Canberra Running Festival
Canberra Running Festival

The Australian Running Festival is the perfect excuse to have a fun and active family weekend away in Canberra. You don't have to be a marathon runner, you can attempt the 5km or 10km run in the 'Blue' fun run group for walkers, fun groups, children, pushed wheelchairs and strollers.

The course is very scenic, starting just outside Old Parliament, down to Lake Burley Griffin and surrounds (depending which race you are doing), then up the hill to Parliament House before heading back down towards Old Parliament House to the finish line.

The best feeling is passing through the finish line, downing some water from the drink station, picking up a banana and your medal as memorabilia. Then find a spot to stretch at the 'Rebels' stretching station or on the lawn by the food and merchandise stalls.

The morning will be over before you know it, it'll be only 10.30am and it's time for Brunch.

Winter - Gibralter Falls

Gibraltor Falls
Gibraltor Falls Picnic Area

Snow falls and waterfalls… what serendipity! It was spectacular, mesmerising and absolutely magical. Last winter, we decided to take a detour to Gibraltar Falls before heading back to Sydney from the Snowy Mountains and mother nature put on a spectacular show for us! There was enough snow cover for the kids to make snow angels and have a friendly snow ball fight.

Gibralter Falls is an easy 45mins drive south of Canberra City Centre towards Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve located on the edge of Gibraltar Creek Pine Forest, off Corin Rd. There is ample parking, picnic tables and toilet amenities (windy-loos) on site.

The walking track to the falls is a short 5mins walk.

Corin Forest Mountain Resort - SnowPlay

Corin Forest Mountain Resort is a commercial ski field during winter months, located 5km up the mountain from Gilbraltor Falls.

Book your 2.5-hour SnowPlay or ski session time now for a day of fun in the snow.

For more information you can visit:

Spring - The floriade


The Floriade is Australia's premier spring festival, every year Canberra Park is transformed into a grand tulip garden, bursting with vibrant colours, creating the perfect backdrop for your Instagram shots, get ready for some serious happy snapping.

You could easily spend a whole day there, starting off with an early morning walk before the doors open to the public (booking essential), have breakfast at the pop up cafes or food stalls, browse the markets, register for some workshops, wine and dine for lunch, stroll the park viewing all the sculptures or unwind on the lawn listening to live music and people watch.

If you are keen to stay until 6.30pm, Nightfest lights up the Floriade until 10.30pm.

This year, the Floriade is held on Saturday 15 September until Sunday 14 October 2018. For more information, you can visit:

Summer- Corin Forest Mountain Resort - Alpine Slide

Corin Forest
Corin Forest

Beat the summer heat, visit Corin Forest and spend the morning riding the 1.2km alpine - slide down the mountain through the majestic Australian wilderness.

The ascent up is rather steep, the pulley works hard pulling up the toboggan for a good 5-10 minutes before reaching the top. The descent is dependent on your need for speed; my 9-year-old son zoomed down the hill, taking every corner confidently and was at the bottom within minutes.

On one of the descent runs, a mob of kangaroos popped out the bushes hopped along beside us then disappeared into the bushes. It was a pleasant but scary encounter, as it all happened so fast.

We didn't stay for lunch but the wood-fired pizza menu at the cafe looked good. They also have picnic and BBQ facilities there. Enjoy lunch in a tranquil setting by stream amongst the rustic Australian bush, soaking up the sun and fresh mountain air.

Corin Forest
Corin Forest

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