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Published July 6th 2019
Celebrate spring, summer, autumn and winter Canberra style
The summers are blisteringly hot and the winters are frosty and fiercely cold, but in spring the air is warm and fragrant with the scent of flowers, and during autumn, the trees put on their spectacular robes of gold and red.
One of the unique features of our Bush Capital is that it experiences four distinct seasons. And the longer you live here, the more you begin to see and appreciate the changes that happen at the turns of the year when one season ends and another one begins. Even if you're cooped up inside a public service office all day long, you'll still notice the golden leaves of the trees outside your window during the autumn, and you'll still be scraping frost off your car and wearing your collection of puffer jackets in the winter and turning the heater on in your house when it starts to get chilly (even if that means turning the heater on before the traditional heater season date of April 25th!).
Canberra's four seasons make for a very colourful year. And a very eventful one too, because for every season, there is a celebration, activity or event that is specific to that time of the year.
Here are the four seasons of Canberra and some of the ways we celebrate them:
Spring Spring in Canberra means the biggest celebration of spring in Australia: Floriade. Held this year from September 14-October 13, Floriade will once again showcase spectacular displays of more than one million bulbs and annuals as well as provide a huge and diverse program of food, markets, music and entertainment, including the very popular NightFest. However, if you can't get enough of tiptoeing through the tulips and want more, then you can also visit the magnificent Tulip Top Gardens, just 15 minutes' drive north of Canberra. Spring in Canberra also means school and church fetes and fairs, the beautiful Canberra Nara Candle festival, Halloween, gorgeous spring high teas, deadly snakes emerging from their winter hibernation, and wattle trees blooming everywhere.
Autumn Canberra puts on a truly spectacular show during the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. It's the time of trees swapping their vivid green summer finery for robes of gold and red splendor all across the city; a time for picnics and camping;the Enlighten Festival;the Canberra Balloon Spectacular; Canberra Day celebrations; Skyfire fireworks; apple picking; the nearby Collector Pumpkin Festival; enjoying Canberra wine after the grape harvest; and Easter egg hunts.
Winter Winter LOVES Canberra. It seems to last forever here, with temperatures plummeting below zero, biting arctic-like winds, frosty mornings, and that abysmal cold that can chill you even right through your puffer jackets and thick woollen layers. Winter is the time to go to the snowfields such as Thredbo or, closer to home, Corin Forest; it's the time of Winter Festivals in the city; the Truffle festival; and Christmas in July. It's the time to hibernate and enjoy being at home.