If you’ve decided to spend this winter roaming around Australia (and I am using the term “roaming” very loosely here), then Canberra should be your first destination of choice. My husband and I have been to Canberra a time or… a hundred, and we both agree that Canberra is one of the most beautiful parts of Australia we’ve ever had the luck to explore. From fascinating museums, wineries, Christmas in July and the inaugural Canberra Writer’s Festival, Canberra is more than anything you have ever imagined.
That being said, here’s my list of suggestions:
Enjoy the snow at Corin Forest Recreation Park
While most parts of Australia don’t get a hint of snow, Canberra allows for an unforgettable winter experience! Ski the slopes, build a snowman or ride a toboggan in a purpose-built snow area at Corin Forest Recreation Park. The place provides snow cover throughout the whole winter and it’ll only take you about 45 minutes drive to get there (if your starting point is the city). It’s fantastic!
Get your cultural and architectural fix
Honestly, there’s so much to do in Canberra in July, that I don’t even know where to begin!
If you happen to visit Canberra sometime between July 12 and July 30, please make a stop at The Meeting Place – this is a cultural gathering with artists communicating their spiritual ideas through various mediums like photography, painting and glass installation. Also, I warmly recommend you go and see Namatjira: Painting Country – an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Albert Namatjira. The exhibition opens on July 15. Oh and, don’t let me forget the Truffle Festival (just one of our favorite fests here) which is the ultimate foodie Australian festival. Additionally, this fest is a magnificent celebration of winter in the Canberra region so I kind of have a feeling you’ll love every moment here.
As for the architecture, you should know that Canberra is (almost) nothing like any other part of Australia; it features broad boulevards, expansive open spaces, aesthetics influenced by the 19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement, and a flawless alignment of natural and man-made elements. You’ll love it!
Taste the wines and wander through wineries
The Canberra District Wine Region offers over 33 wineries that are a total Pinterest-experience! Visiting this area in July will set you up for a number of events that are taking place at “Pialligo Estate for The Butcher, The Baker and The Merrymaker winter event series, which culminates in The Christmas Sunday Roast on July 31”. And what you’ll be getting? A delightful three-course feast followed by live music, all you can drink for the entire family and a mysterious Pialligo Estate goodie bag! There’ll be activities for the kids, too. The Wine District is located within 35 minutes of Canberra, meaning you won’t even have to hassle a lot to get here!
If you are planning to stay for a few days, I’d suggest you look for house sitting options in the area, especially if you are traveling on a budget. Why wouldn’t you save up looking after someone’s pet for a few days, all the while having the time of your life!
Explore the market
One of the best ways to spend your Sunday in Canberra is to go to the famous Old Bus Depot Markets with delicious treats, barista-made coffee, and some hot mulled wine to warm your insides. Exploring the area, you’ll be thrown by the colorful stalls, beautiful clothing, handcrafted homewares and stunning jewelry — all seated in a magnificent old industrial building. We visit this Market each time we go there.
Reunite with nature
Take a walk around the unbelievable National Arboretum Canberra and get immersed in its 94 forests from around the world. There is a National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Pod Playground, Sprout Cafe, the Curatoreum gift shop, spectacular lookouts and outdoor sculptures. July is when Warm Trees – the largest knitted community artwork in the world – is being showcased, so make sure you don’t miss it!
I don’t think I even need to say this but – make sure you bring your camera with you a snap a lot of photos!
About the author: Arron is an average guy from Sydney who likes to travel and write about different customs and eating habits around the world. Loves: all things spicy, barbecue, winter vacations. Doesn’t like: bad manners and narcissism.