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Get into the season with these classic Canberra autumn experiences

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Canberra is a rare treat among Australian cities, providing a wide variety of activities and experiences based around the four distinct seasons.

Autumn is all about snapping photos against the backdrop of autumnal leaves, listening to live music under the sun, picking up seasonal produce from the markets, finding your new favourite artwork at blockbuster exhibitions, and sipping wine at pop-up bars.

Stroll through vistas of autumn leaves

Autumn is an extraordinarily beautiful time to visit Canberra when the stunning cityscape plunges into hues of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson as the city’s exotic trees transform.

See our guide to the top spots to see autumnal foliage to take in the kaleidoscope of colours first-hand.

Attend a music festival featuring Radiohead and Mozart

Each autumn embark on a 10-day musical adventure with the Canberra International Music Festival (30 April – 9 May).

With intimate performances by some of Australia’s favourite musicians set in iconic Canberra locations, this festival celebrates both sights and sounds.

From piano to didgeridoo, late-night jazz to Beethoven for breakfast—expect more than a typical festival program. Think Radiohead by a pianist in a laneway market and walks through the Australian National Botanic Gardens set to a live soundtrack by seven musical acts.

Surround yourself with masterpieces at three blockbuster art exhibitions

Marvel at the artistry of Van Gogh’s famous sunflowers, Monet’s waterlilies and Rembrandt’s self-portrait at Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London (5 March – 14 June).

Held at the National Gallery of Australia, this unprecedented exhibition spans 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain from this gallery in the last 192 years.

Then celebrate love in all its forms – from the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited to the scandalous—at Australian Love Stories (20 March – 1 August).

Swoon over 200+ photographs, paintings, sculptures and immersive glass installations at the National Portrait Gallery. Each artwork features unique tales of love including those of Bob and Blanche, Kath and Kim, plus Nell and Kylie Kwong.

Step inside the National Museum of Australia to see Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion (20 February – 8 August) and celebrate garments and textiles by First Nations designers.

Sip wine from a shipping container

Locals have been known to time a weekend walk around Lake Burley Griffin to ‘accidentally’ run into The Pop Inn, Canberra’s own pop-up wine bar in a shipping container.

Sometimes accompanied by a musician, the Pop Inn is the spot for people watching and chilling in the sun with a glass of vino. Locations change each week, so follow them on social or their website to see where they’ll be next.

Pick up seasonal produce at the markets

Who doesn’t love a market for tasty treats and great people watching? The monthly Hall Markets (first Sunday of each month) have returned, providing a mix of produce, arts and craft, homewares and more.

For fresh produce markets in the inner city, the new Haig Park Village Markets in Braddon on a Sunday is a must before a wander along the Lonsdale Street café and restaurant strip.

And Canberra’s biggest produce market, the Capital Region Farmers Market, is a hive of activity at EPIC each Saturday morning – grab brunch and chat to the producers.

Find out more about Canberra’s great autumn events and seasonal eats.

 

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