Best Time to Visit Canberra

March
October
November

When Not to Visit
July

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Spring (September to November) is the high season in Canberra, when long days are filled with an average of more than eight hours of sunshine and temperatures stay around 66 degrees. City walking is made even better by the cultivated spring blooms and wildflowers alike.

Canberra celebrates its spring season for an entire month, starting in September, with Floriade, an event packed with more than a million blooming flowers. The Canberra International Film Festival comes to town in October for two weeks of inspiring Australian and worldwide cinema. The local fruit of the vine is the impetus of the Wine, Roses, and All That Jazz Festival, which is held each year in November. Wine tastings, paired with gourmet grub and urbane music, draw visitors out of the city and into the nearby countryside’s 33 wineries.

Canberra’s summer, which runs from December through February, is also a draw. This inland metro area has low humidity, even longer days (with more than nine hours of sunshine), an average daytime temperature of 81 degrees, and a boom of water-based activities on man-made Lake Burley Griffin.

The fall season (March through May) presents a colorful cityscape chock full of autumn leaves, plus average temperatures of 68 degrees during the day. It’s a perfect time to check out the city’s parks and botanic gardens, although days are much shorter.

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