Canberra region, ACT

Five great ways to enjoy Canberra in Spring ACT

By Jemma Mrdak

September 14, 2020 | 4 minute read

There really is something truly special about being in Canberra during springtime. From the scent of blossoms in the air to the excited locals realising that winter is finally on its way out, there's so much to enjoy.

Canberra turns it on in Spring and becomes a city full of colour and celebration. Whether you’re a Canberra regular, first-timer, or still on the fence as to whether it’s worth a visit; here are five ways to experience all that Canberra has to offer throughout Spring.

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.

Get Your Nature Hit - Australian National Botanic Gardens 

There’s no better way to experience a true Canberra spring, then through a trip to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Designed to allow you to wander, explore, learn & relax - the Botanic Gardens are a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, and truly engage with nature. 

Discover all that the gardens have to offer through a relaxing 45 minute guided tour aboard a Flora Explorer bus, and enjoy wholesome food and a relaxed dining experience at Pollen cafe.

National Botanic Gardens After Dark Tour
National Botanic Gardens After Dark Tour

Explore Portraiture - National Portrait Gallery

Recently reopened, The National Portrait Gallery is an opportunity for you to come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity. With a growing collection consisting of representations of individuals who have influenced or contributed to the shaping of Australia, you’ll feel inspired as soon as you step foot inside.

Current exhibitions include 'Primed', featuring seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date, represented in all different mediums, and 'The Look', featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures. Later this month, they’ll also be launching their 'Women in Vogue' exhibition, showcasing sixty years of the Vogue Australia archive. 

Flowers, Food & More - Floriade 

Springtime in Canberra really isn’t complete without a trip to Floriade at Commonwealth Park. Now in its 32nd year, Floriade is a diverse program of flower displays, cultural celebrations, food & wine, workshops, markets, entertainment and more. With over one million blooms on display, this is the perfect place to experience spring, as you’ll find plenty of activities for both adults and children.

Capital Region Farmers Market image credit QuickSandFood
Capital Region Farmers Market image credit QuickSandFood

Discover Fresh Produce - Capital Region Farmers Market 

The change in season brings a whole new range of fresh produce to the hugely popular Capital Region Farmers Markets! With over 100 stallholders, taste the different offerings from the local area, and indulge in the diversity of the region. 

Every Saturday you’ll find freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce, as well as a range of stallholders who will be delighted to tell you all about their produce - you may even learn a thing or two from these seriously passionate producers and sellers. 

Grab some essentials for the week ahead or something for a weekend picnic - we guarantee if it’s your first time visiting the Farmers Markets, it certainly won’t be your last!

See Stunning Views of Canberra - Booroomba Rocks

Get your walking shoes on and set off for the 10.5-kilometre return trip at Booroomba Rocks in Namadgi National Park. Offering stunning views of Canberra and across the Brindabella Ranges, truly switch off from reality and immerse yourself in the tall forests and panoramic vistas from the top of the massive granite cliffs. If you’re looking for a shorter route, a 2.5-kilometre return walk is also available, which will still take you through some incredible Australian bushland.

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