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Australian Capital Territory Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Warm to hot during the summer months with cool, crisp and clear winters. Rainfall occurs throughout the year. Canberra averages more hours of sunshine per year than any other capital city in Australia.

Required clothing

Lightweights during summer months with warmer mediumweight clothes necessary in winter. Waterproofing advisable throughout the year, especially in winter. A coat is necessary during winter months.


The Australian Capital Territory is found on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range; spectacular green countryside is ringed by mountains nearly 600m (2,000ft) above sea level.

Canberra is situated in the northeast corner of ACT whilst further south the Namadgi National Park, with its forests, rivers and waterholes, accounts for 40% of the territory. It is not uncommon for snow to make an appearance here across the ranges during the winter months, although summer can see temperatures reach 40ºC (104ºF).

Lake Burley Griffin, a manmade lake, is the centrepiece of this constantly expanding modern capital. Hills, trees and greenery remain prominent among the architecture of a city that is attractive, tidy, spacious and efficient as befits the national capital city.