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Three Big Reasons To Visit Canberra This Winter

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun! Find me on instagram: @australianrecipesbythebay
Published May 25th 2022
Snow play, cosy fireplaces & mulled wine
If you are reading this article, then you are intrigued about what Canberra has to offer this winter. The short answer? A LOT! Yes, it may be cold, but if you rug up and wear your winter woollies and get a good puffer jacket, then you are set for winter in Canberra! It is also an easy 3.5 hour drive from Sydney to Canberra, with plenty of places to stop off at along the way. Alternatively, hop on a plane and be in Canberra in less than an hour!

Keep reading for just three big reasons why you should hop in the car, or book a flight, and take the trip to Canberra this winter. There are some things that you can only do in winter, so it is the perfect opportunity to explore our Capital City and learn more about our country at the same time. One thing is for sure - Canberra is definitely not boring!

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Family fun at Corin Forest Mountain Retreat. Image: Corin Forest Mountain Forest website

1/ Snow

Canberra is a popular stopover for people who are going to Perisher or Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains, just over 2.5 hours away. You can hop on a coach for the day, or stay for a few nights and experience the beautiful scenery and learn to ski or snowboard.

Alternatively there is another, cheaper option just 50 minutes from Canberra city, which is particularly handy for families. Corin Forest Mountain Retreat is a rustic family attraction that has Snow Play sessions at a reasonable cost, which uses real snow if they have had a cold night up in the mountains, or snow made from a snow machine. Have fun in the snow and throw snowballs, build a snowman and go tobogganing. They also have a small ski run, if you want to learn how to ski or snowboard. The retreat is located up in a mountain range, so the temperature drops about 5 degrees by the time you get there - take your winter woollies and waterproof gear, or you can hire it there. When you have finished, warm up by the fireplace with a wood-fired pizza, before heading back down to the city.

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Corin Forest has a combination of real snow and snow machines. Image: Corin Forest Facebook

2/ Winter Festivals, Markets & Christmas in July Events

Canberra is a city that knows how to put on an event! Each weekend you will find markets, festivals, concerts and foodie experiences - all year around. Winter is a wonderful time to go to an event with mulled wine, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolates always a major feature! Check out The Forage foodie markets, Christmas in July Festival, The Truffle Festival, Haig Park Village Markets, The Old Bus Depot Markets and more! Winter is also the perfect time to go for a wine tour of the Canberra Wine District as they will all have their fires roaring, while you sip delicious wine.

Canberra is a foodies paradise, with black truffles to taste during winter and hot mulled wine to sip by the fire - is there any better reason to visit Canberra, other than this?

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Warm up from the inside at The Forage night market events. Image: The Forage Facebook

3/ Indoor Galleries & Museums

Many of Canberra's tourist attractions are located inside, which is ideal when the weather is cold during winter. You could easily spend a few days driving from one museum or gallery to another, and take in some of the best exhibitions in the country. Ensure you visit the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery (which are opposite each other), the National Museum of Australia, The Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, The Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) and The Royal Australian Mint, to name a few.

Each museum and gallery has free entry, although there may be an entry price into touring exhibitions. See major pieces of art, learn about Australia's indigenous history, see some Archibald finalists, see where Australia's coins are made and learn about our wartime history. If your kids missed school camp to Canberra in Years 5 or 6 due to COVID, then take your own tour of the attractions during the winter school holidays! There is plenty of things to see and do in Canberra, you just need to go there and start exploring...

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There is literally something for everyone, at Australia's Capital City!

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When: All year around - particularly fun in winter!
Where: Canberra, ACT
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