Ask a Canberran what their favourite season is, and you might be surprised when they say (without missing a beat) AUTUMN! Surely after such long, cold winters, spring, or even summer would be the season of choice? But if you haven’t spent time in Canberra during autumn, you’re missing a trick! The first frost usually doesn’t appear until the end of April-early May, so there are six whole weeks of (usually) premium weather to be enjoyed in Canberra.
Unlike spring, which has a distinct chill in the air, autumn has lingering warmth, which is enhanced by dramatic red and golden hues as the leaves change. Soaking up the great outdoors (whilst avoiding the baking heat of summer, or artic chill of winter) can happily be done by bike around Lake Burley Griffin, or a stroll through the National Arboretum to appreciate nature’s colourful leaf show.
The change of season often brings a change of menu at many of Canberra’s top restaurants and cafes, as well as new exhibitions and shows at galleries and theatres around town.
If it’s entertainment you’re after, then the RiotACT have a weekly Gig Guide of who’s performing around the city.
Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Music by the River performance will continue again this year at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Queanbeyan on Saturday 2 March 2019. The performance commences at 7.00pm, but the festivities will begin from 5.30pm. This free performance will feature some classic pieces the whole family will enjoy.
At the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) Love & Desire Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from
the Tate continues until 28 April 2019 and includes some iconic works that are a must-see for art enthusiasts.
A short walk from the NGA, the National Portrait Gallery presents a vibrant collection of photographs, prints and paintings, as well as video portraits in exhibition Electric! Portraits that pop! This exhibition features a diverse range of subjects, many captured in unexpected ways that might surprise you! Runs until Monday 22 April 2019.
Fans of history and nature will love wandering through the superbly curated galleries of the National Museum. Check out Whales | Tohorā, an exhibition that explores the role whales play in the South Pacific Islanders’ history, as well as cetacean research that explores the biology, diversity and adaptation of whales within our oceans. Highlights include one of the most extensive collections of whale skeletons every displayed.
It wouldn’t be autumn without a harvest festival. Drop into the Canberra Environment Centre for a showcase of fresh local produce at the 2019 Canberra Harvest Festival from 2-6pm, Saturday 23 March. Visitors can enjoy local gourmet food, or take part in a free sustainability workshop or talk. It’s a great event for families, as there will be activities for kids, live music and a variety of other local stalls.
Whilst the weather might be turning colder, Canberra hospitality is warming up, so an autumn trip to Canberra is a must - there really is something for everyone.
Accommodate Canberra has premium short stay accommodation, ideal for a mini-break or mixing a business trip with some well-earned leisure-time.