Let's face it, winter in Canberra can be bone-chillingly cold, the kind of weather that just makes you want to curl up and hibernate until spring. But thankfully you don't have to look far to find some fabulous things to do on even the coldest of winter days.
Indulge in some hot roasted chestnuts
Hot roasted chestnuts are a classic European winter treat which just wouldn't work as well without Canberra's wintery weather. You can pick up these delicious nuts at both the Fyshwick and Belconnen Fresh Food Markets throughout the winter.
Rug up and check out the Warm Trees at the National Arboretum
This quirky event at the National Arboretum sees trees snugly wrapped in knitted and crocheted scarves. It's been taking place for a few years now and provides an experience which is a little bit wacky but lots of fun. It also gives great motivation to get out into nature even when the weather (and the little voice in your head) screams 'stay inside'. As an added bonus, when the trees are done with them, the scarves are donated to charity so its fun with a social conscience. Warm Trees runs through July at the National Arboretum.
If the idea of entertaining your kids through the winter school holidays in icy Canberra fills you with dread, fear no more! The annual Winter Festival will be back at Gareema Place in the city this year bigger and better than ever. The festival includes ice skating, ice slides, music, rides food and light installations. The pop-up ice rink provides thrills (and hopefully no spills) for all ages from mid-morning 'til evening throughout the July school holidays. Check in with the City Renewal Authority for more details.
While going on a bear hunt just wouldn't fly, truffle hunting provides for some perfect winter foodie fun. There are a few truffle farms around Canberra where you can head out with truffle dogs and seek out the pungent black gold. Just make sure you check in with a truffle farm to book because this event is always hugely popular and places fill fast. As well as the truffle hunts, there's even an entire festival dedicated to the truffle in Canberra so you can not only hunt but also taste this famous fungus.
Head for the hills and find the snow at Corin Forest
While Corin Forest doesn't offer any serious skiing opportunities, it provides a great opportunity to experience all the magic of a white winter wonderland within the ACT. The snow can be intermittent but there will be some snow play and toboggan areas available even when there isn't any natural snowfall. You can also sit by the roaring fire and have a warm hot chocolate with marshmallows to cap off your snow day.