Canberra: When to go

Australia's Bustling Capital

A holiday in Canberra can be taken any time of year, with the sun shining over this well-planned city nearly every day. Mid-winter temperatures (June and July) can drop to chilly levels, but the skies usually remain blue. A good time to travel to Canberra on holiday is in early February when the annual National Multicultural Festival, an extravaganza of music and art, is held. Canberra is also known for its spring festival, Floriade, when the parks and gardens surrounding Lake Burley Griffin explode with colourful displays of massed tulips and other blooms. The city, with its many parklands, is especially beautiful in spring and autumn.

Keep in mind that the seasons in Australia are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. Canberra’s weather is pleasant year-round, though the winters (June through August) can be clammy. Spring is the wettest season, while summer (December through February) is normally comfortable. The average high in January is 69 degrees and the average low in July is 42 degrees. Those stuck with certain weeks because of work or the kids’ school holidays should book as early as possible even 3 months or more in advance. Discounts for booking early are usually available so you can still pick up a bargain break. The other busiest periods on the island are Easter and Christmas where hotel and guest house prices are at a premium. However, if you plan to go to Canberra any other time of the year you will most definitely find some real bargains.