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A Wonderful Guide to Winter in Canberra

Experience Canberra's transformation into a winter wonderland this season, with a variety of exciting events and attractions to visit!

From viewing the famous national landmarks in a beautifully unique light, to filling your stomach with melted French cheeses in your own private igloo, here's our guide to winter time in Canberra!

Wrap your mitts around a mulled wine @ Christmas in July

Wooden chalets from Europe, mulled wine, boozy hot chocolate, melted cheese stations, snow falling, fire pits.... Do we need to say more? The Christmas in July Festival brings an authentic French Christmas market to Parkes Place Lawns, Canberra! Warm up with a mulled wine or boozy hot chocolate, toast marshmallows on a firepit and even fill your stomach with melted cheese in a private igloo! This winter wonderland will truly make you feel like it's Christmas in the most wonderful way possible.

Christmas in July Festival
When: June 30 - July 3, 2022
Where: Parkes Place Lawns, Canberra
Why: Mulled wine... Boozy hot chocolates.... Melted cheese in igloos!

Follow truffle dogs on a hunting expedition

Unlike us, truffles thrive in cool temperatures, which is why Canberra's winter is the perfect time to expend your culinary horizons with these indulgent gems! The winter event offers everything from hunting truffles with specially trained truffle dogs, to indulgent cooking classes or simply enjoying the taste of the unique ingredient, in Canberra's many restaurants, bars and cafes! More in depth program details can be found on The Canberra Truffle Website.

Spend a day in the snow

In less than an hours drive from the City, you'll find our neighbouring snowfields. Enjoy a fun winters day out sledding, learning how to ski or hiking through beautiful scenic snowy trails. There are plenty of places to chose from, with our personal favourites being:

Corin Forest Mountain Resort
Accessibility: 50-minute drive
Activities: Alpine slide, tobogganing, snowsport school, ski and ride

Square Rock Walking Track
Accessibility: 1 hour drive
Activities: Easy-Moderate walking trail (9.44km)

Sip a delicious mug of rich hot chocolate

Nothing beats wrapping your hands around a delicious a mug of hot chocolate in the winter! If you're on the hunt for the best hot choccy in the city during your visit, there are a lot of contenders to choose from! Here are a few of our local recommendations to make it a bit easier for you:

Teddy Pickers Café
Space Kitchen
Double Shot

Warm up with some delicious eats just minutes from the hotel

Located right in the heart of Braddon, there's plenty of delicious cafes, bars and restaurants just minutes from our front door! Sit in a warm and cosy restaurant or café with some amazing food and drinks to warm you up! Some of our local favourites:

Eighty/Twenty Food Braddon
Lonsdale St Café
Rye Café

Milky Lane

Take a day trip to the snowy mountains

If you're on a holiday in Canberra, jumping on a day trip to the Snowy Mountains is a really fun experience. There are plenty of tour options available, typically you would depart early in the morning, with a 2.5 hour drive to Perisher or 3 hour drive to Thredbo, for a few hours on the mountains to do as you please. A great option is the Ozia Tours 1 Day Trip, which will give you 8 hours to explore or ski on the mountains!

See the winter beauty of Canberra

It may be cold, but there's something about winter that makes everything in Canberra a touch more beautiful. With frosty mornings and snowy peaks creating the perfect backdrop to the City, you'll see the national sights in a more unique and unexpected light! From the famous view from Mount Ainslie to viewing iconic Canberra landmarks like Parliament House and Telstra Tower, you'll experience everything from a beautifully unique perspective. For more details on landmarks within Canberra visit our what's on page!

Experience Canberra from a whole new perspective

Spend the morning floating over Canberra's beautiful landscape in a hot air balloon! This once in a lifetime experience presents a wonderfully unique balance of adrenaline and peacefulness. To find out more information or to make a booking, visit Balloon Aloft Canberra. 

Stay 2 or more nights and save 15%!

If you're looking for a winter trip to Canberra, make use of our Stay 2, Save 15% winter promotion.

Save 15% on the best available rate, blackout dates apply - for more info visit HERE.

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