There’s nothing quite like autumn and winter in Canberra. Beginning with the striking colours throughout our natural habitat and morphing into stark and bare trees and land, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the capital. Of course this is mixed in with our very best food, drinks and national attractions.
We have put together a full day’s itinerary to make sure you see the best of Canberra in autumn and winter.
7:30am: Wake up but stay rugged up in your room and just appreciate a quiet winter morning with a book or familiar television program to get the day going.
8:30am: Breakfast time at Chatterbox in Belconnen. This place won’t ever disappoint with its delightful brekky dishes that include delicious salmon, poached eggs, avocado, hash browns and more! And it has fantastic coffee and freshly made juices to match.
10:00am: Layer up and make your way to Lake Burley Griffin to take a stroll along the banks and see the falling leaves of colourful Canberra in autumn. If you’re heading out in winter, it makes for a striking view with the naked trees and calm waters.
12:00pm: Lunchtime at XO Narrabundah. See how South East Asian cuisine really is a great food option for winter. Afterwards, take a short stroll through the leafy suburb that is Narrabundah and experience its beauty.
2:00pm: Time for an afternoon of history and remembrance. The Australian War Memorial offers a fantastic exhibition of the Anzacs, especially now as they pay tribute to a selected soldier and family each day before closing. A great autumn/winter idea with Anzac Day falling on 25 April. Don’t forget to walk down Anzac Parade and see the length of tributes to our soldiers, past and present.
3:30pm: A hot chocolate or two is a welcome treat throughout the cooler months and where better to find such a treat than Koko Black in the city? Sitting right underneath the Canberra Centre, Koko Black is known for its delectable chocolates and delicious drinks. Stock up on some sugar to keep your warmth up!
5:00pm: After such a sweet treat, it’s time for more exploring to work a bit of it off. Drive up to the National Arboretum in Forrest and take your time moving through the gardens that are home to 94 different kinds of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia. There’s even a playground for the youngsters.
7:00pm: After heading back to the hotel to freshen up, it’s time for dinner at Jamie’s Italian back in the city. From the legendary chef himself, Jamie Oliver’s relaxed restaurant boasts the dishes inspired by Italy and the food that Jamie loves. Perfect to take in with a clean glass of red.
9:00pm: Just because it’s a bit chilly outside doesn’t mean you need to hibernate! Make your way to Bentspoke Brewing Co in Braddon after dinner, where a cold but heart-warming craft beer, cider or ginger beer is waiting for you underneath the heaters both inside and outside. Enjoy the laidback setting to end the night in perfect relaxation and appreciation of the capital’s changing seasons.
Enjoy your autumn/winter day out. We promise to have your room perfected by the time you return.