Are you wondering when is the best time to visit Canberra? The busiest times for visitors are March, September and December.

Most people visit Canberra during the spring (September to November) when the Floriade Festival (Sept/Oct) brings the city to life. These times see the highest hotel prices. The city really comes alive during any of the major events like Enlighten Canberra (March) or the National Folk Festival (April).

Tip: Visiting on weeks when Parliament is not sitting may help you score a more affordable hotel room.

Autumn, when the city’s plantings of deciduous trees see the streets bathed in a palette of bright red, orange, yellow and even shades of deep purple, is every bit as pretty as the spring festival. The autumn display is at its best from mid-April to mid-May.

If you are in town for a museum fix, consider visiting in winter when hotel prices and crowds are at their lowest.

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Weather in Canberra

With a high inland location, Canberra is warmer than the coastal capitals in the summer and decidedly colder in winter. In fact, there is occasional snow in July and August in some years. Regardless of what you see here between March and October, you will need to carry a warm jacket for the evenings.

Rainfall is fairly steady throughout most of the year, with the lightest falls in April, May, and June. November receives the most rain followed by December and January.

Autumn Trees in Canberra ACT Australia
Canberra in the last days of autumn

Summer (December to February)

Summer weather gets pretty warm and temps over 30 °C are not unusual. While rain is not all that common in Canberra at any time of year, it’s most likely in November and December. You will encounter 5-7 days with some rain in summer.

Autumn (March to May)

Autumn sees clear blue skies and relatively warm days. However, you can get caught out by just how cold it can get at night. As soon as the sun goes down, you may find you need, at the very least, a light jacket. By May it will need to be a decent warm one!

Winter (June to August)

It’s cold in Canberra in winter, and some outskirts of the territory may see occasional overnight snow, but the skies are blue and with the right clothing, you can really enjoy a visit. Winter sees, on average, 4 rainy days per month.

Spring (September to November)

Cool nights and early mornings and then comfortable days make spring a very popular time for visitors. November can see a few more wet days than the previous months.

Average Temperatures in Canberra are as below:

Month Maximum temperatureMinimum temperature Average rainfall (mm)
March 24.112.739mm
April 20.410.138mm
May 16.68.436mm
August 14.56.043mm
Source: Climate of Australia

Find out more weather and temperature details on the Bureau of Meteorology.

Canberra Event Calendar

The biggest event of the year might be Floriade, but there are several other times when the city really comes alive.

Date Festival
14-16 February 2025National Multicultural Festival
21-23 February 2025Royal Canberra Show
28 March -1 April 2024The National Folk Festival
28 February-10 March 2025Enlighten Illuminations
7 March 2025Lights! Canberra! Action!
8-16 March 2025Canberra Balloon Spectacular
9 March 2025Symphony in the Park
21-23 March 2024Street Machine Summants
28 March -1 April 2024National Folk Festival
25 April 2024Anzac Day (visit the War Memorial)
14 Sept-13 October 2024Floriade
23-27 October 2024Canberra Writers Festival
*Dates correct at time of publication Source: Canberra Tourism

ACT and Canberra School and Public Holidays

Long weekends see prices rise and availability drop, so book in advance for the best deals. Most attractions only close on Christmas day and perhaps Anzac Day or Good Friday; please check individual places before visiting.

Public Holidays in Canberra 2024-2025

Holiday 20242025
New Year’s Day 01 January01 January
Australia Day26 January27 January*
Canberra Day11 March 10 March
Good Friday29 March18 April
Easter Saturday30 March19 April
Easter Monday01 April20 April
Anzac Day25 April 25 April
Reconciliation Day27 May02 June
King’s Birthday10 June09 June
Labour Day 07 October06 October
Christmas Day25 December 25 December
Boxing Day26 December 26 December

School Holidays in Canberra 2024-2025

If you don’t have children, avoiding these dates will save you money, and you will find the museums a lot less crowded.

Period 20242025
Autumn break:12 April-30 April 14 April-28 April
Winter break: 05 July-23 July 07 July – 20 July
Spring break:28 September-15 October 29 September – 12 October
Summer break:18 December-03 February 202518 December – February 2026

Source: ACT Government website

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