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The weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time to shed those thermal layers, pack away your winter boots and get back out into the great outdoors!
From hiking to the top of a mountain to enjoying a picnic lunch in the sun, we’ve pulled together the best things to do this spring and summer in our nation’s capital.
Soak up the warmer weather at some of Canberra’s most popular parks.
Canberra and its surrounds boast a number of incredible mountains. Now that the snow has melted, it’s the ideal time to explore some of these natural wonders.
Seasoned hikers might even like to pack an overnight bag and a tent to embark on a multi-day hike through Mount Bimberi. Of course, before you set off on any trip, make sure you let someone know where you’re going and follow all of the relevant safety advice.
Spring is the perfect season to take a swim in the crisp Canberra waters. Temperatures in the Murrumbidgee River only reach the low teens, which makes them perfect for cooling off after hiking to one of the area’s many shady swimming spots.
Located just 30 minutes outside of the city, Canberra’s rich wine region is the perfect place to spend the day.
Plus, many wineries are within cycling-distance of each other! Hop on a bike and cycle to a range of fabulous vineyards and cellar doors around the town of Murrumbateman. Tick off McKellar Ridge Wines, Jeir Creek Wines, Granitevale Estate and more—but remember to ride responsibility!
This wine region is so large it’s actually divided into three distinct areas, so take the opportunity to spend the warmer months getting familiar with each district.
Wander through Commonwealth Park every year between September and October and immerse yourself in Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. This four-week flower festival showcases incredible blooms, floral sculptures, food, drink and market stalls.
Either way, you’ll be sure to find a selection of fresh produce ranging from artisan breads and deli goods to homemade jewellery, candles and other specialty delights.
This spring and summer, why not take to the water and relax on your very own private boat trip around Lake Burley Griffin?
With GoBoat, you can rent your own 8-person boat and take it out for a spin to enjoy gorgeous views of the city. There’s no boat licence required either, so simply pack your picnic basket or grazing box and get ready to cruise along the water with the breeze in your hair.
The return of warmer weather is the perfect excuse to head out and enjoy a meal. Luckily, Canberra has many local restaurants, breweries and pubs with outdoor courtyards.
Choose from Capital Brewing Co in Fyshwick, Rose Cottage in Gilmore, Hopscotch in Braddon, Lighthouse Pub in Belconnen and many more. Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun while you enjoy a drink and classic pub grub.
UC acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, traditional custodians of the lands where Bruce campus is situated. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of Canberra and the region. We also acknowledge all other First Nations Peoples on whose lands we gather.