New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published August 25th 2015
Peel off your jumper and smell the flowers
Spring is a beautiful time in Canberra. The frosts and chilly mornings of Winter are (hopefully!) gone and the days start to warm up. After hibernating in Winter, it is time to get outdoors again and enjoy the beautiful weather and everything there is to do in Canberra.
Here are my Top 5 ways to enjoy Spring in Canberra - what are yours?
Lake Burley Griffin is a beautiful place to bike ride in Spring when the weather is still cool enough not to get too hot (especially if you have kids). Bike hire is available from Mr Spokes Bike Hire in Acton, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
There are 3 cycling loops that you can do ranging from 4.9km to 16km if you wish to follow a path or just explore and see where your travels take you. There are numerous places around the lake to stop for a cold drink and sit under a shady tree for a break.
The pedal car is a popular way to travel around the Lake. Source: Mr Spoke Bike Hire.
2/ Fun on the water - cruises, boat hire, kayak hire
Southern Cross Cruises (which has larger cruise boats with outdoor decks) and Lake Burley Griffin Cruises ( which has smaller boats and smaller groups) both have weekday and weekend cruises around the Lake to learn more about the history and landmarks of Canberra, whilst enjoying morning tea or lunch.
In particular, if you enjoy Floriade and love to see gardens bloom in Spring, Southern Cross Cruises has a cruise to visit the Gardens of Government House between September and November.
For boat and kayak hire Canberra Yacht Club hires out boats and sailboats from October into the warmer months and Real Fun provides Kayaks and canoes for hire (as well as bikes) with several different types to choose from.
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy these outdoor pursuits by yourself or with friends and family.
Source: Canberra Yacht Club Boat Hire website
3/ Fish and chips on the lake
When the weather warms up an enjoyable way to spend some time is to have fish and chips on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at Snapper on the Lake. You can either sit with a drink in their licenced outdoor seating area or take your fish and chips out onto the reserve by the Lake for a picnic. This family friendly area can get very busy in the warmer months, which creates a fun atmosphere out in the reserve with families starting cricket and soccer games. With a slight breeze off the lake, the Spring weather makes this a pleasant way to spend the afternoon - without the flies!
If you have your own picnic packed, Canberra has picnic areas, free BBQ's and playground areas on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and around Canberra. After a day of sightseeing or after a long week at work, a BBQ in the park is a relaxing way to spend some time with your friends and family outdoors.
For a list of free BBQ's around Lake Burley Griffin, see here.
A popular BBQ area out of Canberra is Cotter Reserve, with numerous BBQ's, areas for the kids to play, modern playground, Cotter Dam and Cotter Dam Discovery Trail. Half an hour from Canberra's CBD, Cotter Reserve is favoured by local's as a cool place to relax in the shade by the Murrumbidgee River.
Commonwealth Park on Lake Burley Griffin is a relaxing place to enjoy over the warmer months. Whether you are walking, bike riding, watching the kids play in the park or sitting in the shade with a good book, Commonwealth Park is a popular place to enjoy for local's and tourist's alike.
Of course Floriade is the highlight of Spring in Commonwealth Park each year. This month long celebration displays creative flower designs in the huge flower beds of Commonwealth Park. Tulips in particular are used, however there is a range of other beautifully coloured and smelling flowers incorporated into the designs.
As well as the flower displays, there are markets, demonstrations, kids corner, petting zoo, displays and evening events. As the event is free, you can go back time and time again to enjoy the experience and watch the flowers change and open more as the month progresses.
For kids and adults the Ferris Wheel is a great way to enjoy the views of Commonwealth Park and see the flower bed designs from above..
All the activities in this list are in Canberra's CBD or closeby, however the outer suburbs of Canberra have other outdoor pursuits to enjoy. Local playgrounds and reserves have free BBQ's, there are national parks to explore by foot or 4WD, there are fishing spots to try your luck as well as numerous walks which traverse local hills and along rivers. See the ACT TAMS website for more information.
So peel off your jumper, get out in the sun and smell some Floriade flowers. Spring is a beautiful time to get into the outdoors in the Nations Capital.