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Summer in Canberra is like all Australian summers, and can be unbearably hot to those from a colder country. The temperature, however, doesn't often go over 40ºC, and early summer days can be quite pleasant. The months either side of summer are a good time to visit to best enjoy the bushwalking and other natural delights of the area.
Winter in Canberra can be quite chilly, with night-time temperatures reaching down to 0ºC. Again, if you are visiting from a cold country, the daytime average of 10ºC will seem quite warm in comparison.
Due to its nature as a political and diplomatic city, Canberra can be busy year-round and it is best to check that no festivals or conferences will be on around the time of your visit.