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Fall for these classic autumn experiences in Canberra

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There’s something magical about Canberra in autumn.

As the leaves start to turn and the air starts to cool, the city transforms – and instead of preparing for hibernation, it comes to life.

From blockbuster exhibitions to wine tasting, here are some must-do classic autumn experiences to make the most of the season.

Sip back and relax over a long lunch at a local winery

Name something better than a glass of red on a cold day? With more than 40 wineries just a short drive from the heart of the city, finding your new favourite drop over a long lunch is as easy as getting in the car. If you’re looking for some suggestions, here are seven wine tours to keep you warm, and here is your ultimate guide to the Canberra wine district. Poachers Pantry and Heywood should be at the top of your list.

Make the most of the stunning autumn leaves

As the trees transform from green into ochre, crimson, russet, and gold hues, going for a leisurely stroll has never been so appealing. Here are seven walks that are perfect for a clear (but chilly) morning that will take you to some of the prettiest spots and here are some more kid and dog-friendly strolls so everyone can participate. Want to capture the moment for the ‘gram? Here’s how to get a stunning shot according to a professional photographer.

Shop local at the markets

Grab yourself a hot coffee and stock up on some seasonal produce from the local markets. Autumn means apples, figs, strawberries, eggplants, pumpkin, and mushrooms, so make sure to stop at the Capital Region Farmers Market on Saturday or Haig Park Village Markets on Sunday for some fresh and yummy goodies.

Looking for something else to do? The Little Burley Markets on Lake Burley Griffin or the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston are places to explore for a few fun hours while meeting some local makers.

Explore blockbuster exhibitions

Cooler weather means more time spent indoors, and with plenty of blockbuster exhibitions to explore, autumn is the perfect season for art lovers to discover their new favourite exhibition. And as always, there’s plenty to see.

Before it finishes at the National Gallery of Australia at the end of April, don’t miss the breathtaking Emily Kam Kngwarray – a celebration of the times art of one of the world’s most significant contemporary painters. For history lovers, Discovering Ancient Egypt (until Sunday 8 September) at the National Museum of Australia is not to be missed. You’ll journey back in time to discover some remarkable artifacts and rare insights into the history and culture of ancient Egypt.

At the National Portrait Gallery, spend hours exploring the major exhibition Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence (until Monday 27 May). Featuring some of the most significant portraits in the Sydney-born artists’ career to date, it’s not to be missed.  

Hit the road to see the region

Canberra is stunning, but there are also plenty of regional gems that are not to be ignored in autumn. These destinations are just two and a half hours from Canberra – and yes, you can still fit in a swim or two before winter sets in.

Looking for something a little further afield? This is a bumper guide to 12 road trips to get you out of town – Orange is a personal favourite of the HerCanberra team this time of year. Here’s how to spend the perfect 24 hours there, including where to eat, what to do, and where to stay.

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