Canberra has a mostly dry climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters. Canberra has around nine hours a day of sunshine in summer, dropping to around five hours in winter. January is the hottest month with average maximum temperatures of 28°C. The average annual rainfall is 629 mm with October the wettest month. During winter snow falls in the nearby Australian Alps. Average daily temperatures in the city in winter are around 11°C; dropping below 0°C at night. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Canberra.
Australia's national capital experiences four distinctive seasons, each with its own beauty and charm.
Spring (September - November) in Canberra is truly glorious with moderately fresh mornings, bright, sunny days and brisk nights. Average temperatures in spring range from 6 - 19°C. In September Canberra is host to Floriade, Australia's largest flower festival. In the surrounding regions, vineyards awaken with the first harvest. Spring is ideal for bushwalking and exploring wildflowers at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and nearby Namadgi National Park.
Canberra's summer (December - February) has endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, especially water sports on Lake Burley Griffin. Days are warm to hot, with plenty of sunshine and little humidity, followed by mild, balmy nights. Temperatures range from 12 - 27°C. Be in the crowd on the lawns of Parliament House to hear the names of the Australian of the Year Awards announced on Australia Day eve in January.
Autumn (March - May) in Canberra is a delightful time of year as the trees in the city's parks and gardens turn red, gold and orange. Temperatures drop to averages of between 7-20°C. The days are mild with cool nights. If you visit in April, you can pay your respects to those men and women who served Australia in war at the dawn ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day. Autumn is also harvest time in the vineyards. Visit the Canberra District Wineries to see the vineyards at their best. Get a taste at the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival in April. The Australian Running Festival and Canberra Marathon are also held in April.
Canberra in winter (June - August) is the perfect time to cosy up in front of a fire with a big glass of cool climate wine. Temperatures in winter average between 1- 12°C. The nights and early mornings are brisk, but frosts and occasional fog generally clear to clear sunny days. It is a pleasant time for bike riding and walks by the lake, or hunting for truffles at the Canberra and Capital Region Truffle Festival in June. In August, venues around the Canberra region warm up at the Fireside Festival, the capital's annual celebration of winter. In November, the clear starry skies make it the perfect time to visit the Mt Stromlo Observatory. During the winter months, snow falls in the nearby Australian Alps, where you can experience the unique activity of skiing or snowboarding in Australia.