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The ultimate guide to Canberra in winter

Emily Crabb

No more of this “winter is coming” malarkey, winter is most definitely here.

The minus 6-degree temperatures have sent Canberrans into a state of shock, with newsfeeds statewide filled with the protests of freezing locals. Regardless of the relentless cold, life must go on. But don’t worry your cold little noses; we’ve got you covered! We have compiled the ultimate list for not just surviving but enjoying the Canberra winter.

Staying in

For those days when venturing beyond the lounge room is simply not an option, here are our top tips for keeping occupied at home.


This winter we are shutting the front door and opening a good book. When it’s beyond frosty outside, there is nothing better than snuggling up and burying your nose in a paperback. In our Five Classic Reads for Winter article, Sarah Biggerstaff outlines her top picks for winter throwback books. Want to escape the hustle and bustle? Delve into the world of simplicity with Paperchain Bookstores Rebecca Worth and her curated list of ‘Anything But Basic Books’.


If you’re more of a listener than a reader, pop in some earphones and hop onto iTunes because podcasts are our in-house, hands-free entertainment this season. Bringing the likes of ‘2 Dope Queens’ and Anna Faris into our living rooms, we love the 2017 podcast talent. If you’re after some podcast recommendations, we’re throwing it back to Molly McLaughlin’ s 2016 list.

At home beauty

Clear Complexions Clinic’s Suzie Hoitink has outlined her solutions for winter skin woes and guess what? Most of her solutions can be tackled from home! There is nothing better than treating yourself to a pamper night and with the Canberra Centers Beauty and Wellness Precinct just open you can stock up on everything from Korean beauty masks (from Seoul Flower) to Philosophy Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peels (from MECCA Maxima). So ladies, chuck on some Netflix, light some candles, crank the heater and crack open the pamper products.

Cooking at home

So, you’ve woken up on a Saturday morning and looked out the window only to see your car is completely frosted over. Early morning brekky at the local café? I think not. Luckily we have you covered.

How does Nutella, Cranberry, Dark Choc Chip Granola sound? Anisa Sabet shares instructions on how to create this crazy-good breakfast at home. What’s more warming than hot chocolate? Yes, we’re talking about fondue and Belinda Neame has shared her version of the indulgent treat. So that’s food covered, but what about drinks? Give this cosy DIY Spiced Hazelnut Hot Chocolate a go.

NOT Cooking at home

Short on ingredients? Have a complete lack of cooking motivation? Not to worry, Canberra is stepping up its home delivery game with the likes of Delieveroo and Sugar Deli bringing the capital’s best food to your doorstep. ALSO, we’ve heard whispers of UberEATS coming to the Cap, which means even more deliverable goodness for locals.

Venturing out

Yes, it is freezing outside. However, at the end of the day the freezing cold temps are all a part of the Canberra experience and with the cooler months bringing treats like seasonal menus, mulled wine, roaring fireplaces and winter festivals, what’s keeping you in?

Winter Weekender classics

A place we’ll always love, come rain, hail or shine is the Old Bus Deport Markets. This free, indoor event has provided locals with a weekend culture-fix for decades and the cold temps prove no match for the market’s appeal. So grab your Kathmandu puffer, snatch a cup on warm apple juice and spend your winter Sundays moseying around the ever-so-entertaining OBDM. The Australian Botanic Gardens has been another long-standing favourite destination for the Canberran weekender. Warm up with a hot coffee from the gorgeous Hamptons-inspired Pollen Café and spend your weekend exploring.

Eating out

Nothing says winter quite like a hearty meal and an open fireplace. In celebration of these ever-so-snug venues, we’re throwing it back to Laura Peppas’ article, featuring seven local restaurants that provide the ultimate cosy environment for a winter feasts.

Speaking of winter feasts, the foodie scene is abuzz with excitement over the seasonal menus of our fave eateries. Ricardo’s winter menu is one we particularly love.

One of the things we love most about winter menus is the addition of soups and we cannot get enough of the smooth, hot, creamy bowls of goodness this season. Luckily for us, Sophia Bouzas and Helena Game have sourced some of the most delicious and inventive soups the Capital has to offer.

The winter workout

Has winter got you feeling the cold and not feeling the gym? Don’t worry you are not alone. But who better to turn to for some wisdom on the topic than #fitspiration Jenna Douros? Lizzie Dodd explains Jenna’s top tips for keeping motivated this winter.

But what next? Our in-house fitness guru Ashleigh Went has you covered once you’ve regained some of that motivation.


Emily Crabb

Emily Crabb has recently finished her final semester at the University of Canberra where she studied Communications in Advertising. Emily’s 2016 has consisted of her travelling nationally and internationally, meeting the creative minds of the advertising, media and public relations industries from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and to Singapore. These adventures gave her a renewed source of inspiration and motivation but also a renewed appreciation for her hometown of Canberra. Emily particularly enjoys treating herself with clothes she cannot justify buying and eating anything from a brunch menu. More about the Author