Visit Canberra today! Canberra is such a wonderful place to visit, with so much to see and do and there is no better time to do it than Autumn. If you are looking for local attractions and events then check out these 17 bright ideas for reasons to visit Canberra and get going. Book Your trip on WOTIF.COM. now.
The colours and the light are magical in early Autumn – One of the best spots to soak up the views, light and natural wonders of Canberra is the National Arboretum. Don’t miss the Bonsai and Penjing Collection of miniature trees and finish your day with a barbeque at the Himalayan Cedar Forest picnic area.
To commemorate the First World War Centenary visit the Australian War Memorial – which hosts a range of exhibitions exploring the Australian involvement in the war that changed the world. Look out for commemorative events and activities surrounding ANZAC Day at various national attractions.
Experience The Hamlet – Canberra’s newest outdoor pop-up food hub in vibrant Braddon. Enjoy the last warm evenings working your way through the amazing food offerings from Peruvian street food to Vietnamese iced coffee.
Search for answers at Canberra’s Heritage Festival – which explores how Canberra and the Australian identity have been shaped by conflict and compassion. With more than 100 events you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners and much more.
Tune in for Canberra’s International Music Festival – which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity, so enjoy a musical exploration of the relationship between time and motion and arts and science. The program, which features classical, contemporary and the music of Phillip Glass, will be performed across concerts in National Botanic Gardens, the Shrine Dome and Mt Stromlo.
Hiking up Mount Ainslie – and soaking up the vibrant autumnal colours as you enjoy a spectacular sunset. Follow the twinkling city lights back down and head off for a well-earned dinner at one of many top notch Canberra eateries.
Unleash your inner artist and get inspired by global creations at Canberra Glassworks – Take a wander round the Diplomacy: translation in glass exhibition which showcases a variety of international glass traditions, then head into the studio to whip up your own design to take home.
Follow the light at the ground breaking James Turrell: A Retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia – The exhibition explores the artist’s work over almost 50 years, bringing together projection pieces, built spaces, holograms, drawings, prints, an immersive installation Perceptual Cell and photographs. Bookings are essential.
Turn grapes into wine at the Canberra Wine Harvest Festival – Celebrate autumn in the vineyards as the grapes are harvested and the region comes alive with music, food and wine. Enjoy special tastings, talks from winemakers or challenge your tastebuds with food and wine matching.
As autumn rolls in watch the swirling colours as leaves float to the ground from your private treatment room or spa bath – at Jindii Eco Spa, nestled in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Indulge yourself with Canberra’s most famous ice-cream sundae at Eightysix in Braddon – Stealing the spotlight on one of Gourmet Traveller’s magazine covers this caramel popcorn sundae dish is to die for!
Tie up your bonnet, smooth down your white gloves, bag yourself a dandy in a silk cravat and waltz down to Canberra for the iconic Jane Austen Festival – Take part in three days of dancing, music, singing, promenades, balls, dinners, gaming, talks, walks, displays, food and fashion.
Embrace your free spirit at Australia’s premier Folk Festival, a five-day celebration of folk music, dance, food and art – Hundreds of the world’s best musicians perform daily, rubbing shoulders with festival-goers, in a friendly non-stop flow of entertainment across many fabulous venues.
Watch the Brumbies battle it out as the rugby heats up at the GIO Stadium – Head down for a season of scrums, conversions, drop kicks and charge downs.
Explore the rugged Australian Alps in Namadgi National Park, just 45 minutes from Canberra – Climb or abseil the granite outcrops, bushwalk along the Great Alpine Walk, and mountain bike, fish and 4WD. See vestiges left by Aboriginal custodians, pastoralists and gold hunters, and get up close to emus, kangaroos, wallabies and cockatoos in nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
Get your groove on – Visit the annual Groovin’ the Moo music festival at the University of Canberra on 3 May.
Get starry eyed at Canberra’s Hustle and Scout: Twilight Fashion Market – Enjoy live music acts, food and drink stalls, and pop-up dance and music performances as you browse 60 independent fashion designers and collectors. Make a weekend of it and head to a few of Canberra’s shopping hotspots for designer and vintage wear.
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