As the first leaves begin to fall, Canberra comes alive with blockbuster exhibitions, delicious food and wine events and fantastic festivals.
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a mini-break in the national capital, so come and let our beautiful city surprise you with new experiences and hidden gems.
For assistance with travel information or booking accommodation, speak with one of the friendly staff at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 852 780, or go to visitcanberra.com.au
Don’t miss the National Gallery of Australia’s Tom Roberts and the National Museum of Australia‘s Encounters, both of which run until 28 March. Until 22 May visitors can also catch the National Library of Australia’s Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911, which explores the richness of Chinese culture.
Food & wine
The Canberra region has so much to offer food and wine lovers. Delve into an array of stylish restaurants, bars and shops brimming with local produce and wine and chat to local winemakers at their cellar door — there are more than 33 wineries in a picturesque rural setting just 35 minutes drive from the city.
Explore the great outdoors on Canberra’s extensive cycle paths, world-class mountain biking and city walking trails. Discover Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park, learn about native flora in the botanic gardens or enjoy a walk among rare and symbolic trees at the National Arboretum Canberra.
Canberra also offers plenty of fun for families. Questacon makes learning about science fun for kids with a range of interactive activities. There are also family-friendly museums and galleries, the Australian Institute of Sport, Cockington Green Gardens and the National Zoo and Aquarium to entertain kids of any age.
Plan your trip
Find all the information you need to plan your trip on Canberra’s official tourism website or download the free 2016 Canberra Visitor Guide app. Be sure to share your travel snaps with us on facebook, twitter and instagram, where you can also unearth our hidden gems and get some insider tips from locals.
The Canberra and Region Visitors Centre is located at 330 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson. It’s on the main road into the city from Melbourne or Sydney. Their friendly staff can also help you book accommodation.