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Canberra enjoys temperatures that are typical to subtropical highland climates. The summers are dry and warm while the winters are cool and crisp. The city gets plenty of sunshine through the year and you also get to enjoy four distinctly different seasons.

The summers see temperatures averaging between 27-28°C. In the winters, the mercury drops to an average of about 11°C in July. The climate is quite dry so, it is very unlike the humidity that coastal cities of Sydney and Melbourne experience.

Canberra is Australia’s largest inland city and it is at least a two-hour drive away from the nearest beach. The Brindabella mountain range is to the city’s west and puts it in a slight rain shadow. Canberra receives the least rainfall among all the state capitals and averages at only about 72 rainy days in a year.


This is between December and February, with temperatures reaching the high points in January. The summers are dry and the days are quite long. December has the longest days with the sun setting as late as 8:15 pm and rising at around 5:30 am. Residents of Canberra tend to stick to light clothing during the summer months. In the evenings, a jacket and some precaution for rain is advised. Water sports are popular this season as Canberra is home to plenty of freshwater lakes, including the manmade - Lake Burley Griffin.


Canberra cools off a bit between March and May. The temperatures average in a range between 6 and 20°C. The city is full of spectacular autumnal displays at this time of year as the foliage turns lovely shades of red, brown, golden and russet. You can enjoy cool nights and mild daytime weather. In the autumn, you can also watch colourful hot air balloons rise and float above Lake Burley Griffin. Typically, there are plenty of cultural events planned during this time of year.


June, July and August are Canberra’s winter months. During this time, temperatures drop and average between 11 and 12°C. It is wise to dress warmly in layers and use thick jackets at this time. As a precaution you should also keep an umbrella handy. Night comes early with sunsets arriving at around 5 pm.

The temperatures could even fall below freezing point during the night. The city’s elevation of approx. 570m. above sea level contributes to this. While you may see frost when temperatures drop, snow almost never occurs in the central business district. In fact, the city saw snowfall last way back in 1968! But you do have a lovely view of the snow-capped Australian Alps from the city. The Snowy Mountains have plenty of ski resorts and draws many skiers to the city.


Canberra enjoys spring between the months of September and November. The mornings are lovely and fresh while the nights are cool. Temperatures average in a range between 6 and 19°C. The city receives most of its rainfall in November but even this is relatively less than what other Australian cities receive. A highlight of this season is the Florade flower festival that takes place in Commonwealth Park. The organisers of the event are committed to making the festival as environmentally friendly as possible. This is the best season to go cycling, exploring the bushland and taking in a city that is in full bloom.

Ultraviolet Index

As in many parts of Australia, you do need to safeguard against UV radiation. Use sunscreen (SPF30+) and equip your wardrobe with sun-smart clothing – sunglasses and a hat at the very least. You can take note of the intensity of the UV radiation during the daily weather report.

Daylight Savings

In Canberra, on the first Sunday of October, Daylight Savings begins at 2 am EST. It ends on the first Sunday of April at 3 am Eastern Daylight Saving Time. At this time, the city moves to follow AEDT UTC +11.

Living in Canberra

Canberra was originally a planned city and because it is the nation’s capital it plays host to multiple international embassies. It is also home to several universities and educational institutions, so it is often said that the city has the most educated population in the country. These factors also draw people from all over the world to the city.

Canberra has a thriving international community and it is estimated that nearly 25% of its population is from other nations. In moving here, you will be able to experience a multitude of different cultures. Residents enjoy a high quality of life in the city and the cost of living is estimated to be less than Melbourne or Sydney.

Commutes in the city are pretty quick but finding parking can be difficult. In addition to cars, there are also public buses and trams that residents can depend on. Cycling and walking are also popular ways to get to work.

Culture and food

Canberra’s Farmer’s Markets are extremely popular, drawing about 5000 visitors every week. The Capital Region Farmer’s Market has over 100 stalls. It offers a diverse range of wholesome produce and baked goods.

For those who are enthusiastic about it, there is a thriving food scene with everything from food trucks to fine dining. The large student population has prompted several bars to crop up in the city. Canberra is the home of Australia’s Barista Champion and there is plenty of good coffee to be found here.

The city is home to Australia’s parliament buildings and has plenty of cultural centres as well. Many of the museums and galleries are free. The National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Australia are some popular cultural destinations.

The city is bike friendly with flat roads and designated bike paths to keep cyclists safe. With at least about 100 clear days to enjoy through the year, residents of Canberra indulge in plenty of outdoor activities. Hikes, walks through the bushland, visiting nature parks located around the city and water sports are all common pastimes.

If you’ve decided to move to Canberra, contact Ausmove for a free quote for shipping your possessions. We can also ship your car and cat, should you need them in Canberra too.

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