What to Wear in Canberra
Canberra boasts warm to hot temperatures that can reach around 30 degrees celsius + during summer, and it is extremely important to provide protection from the sun. Even when it is cloudy and feels cooler there is still a chance of getting burnt.
Here are some good rules to follow:
- Try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (usually between 11am and 3pm).
- Wear a T-shirt and hat while not swimming. It's worth investing in a wide brimmed hat that provides shade for your face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Use at least SPF15, but SPF30 is recommended.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.
- Do not leave your children in the strong sunshine without clothing protection for longer than 20 minutes at a time.
- Keep babies out of direct sunlight at all times.
- For kids, spandex swimming tops designed as large T-shirts protects the torso and arms from the sun. It's also possible to buy pants in this material which completely shelter the body from the sun.
During winter Canberra is cool, with temperatures dropping to near freezing point at times, making warmer clothing paramount. Jeans/slacks, a warm sweater and coat are suitable clothing for this time of year.
Canberra experiences significantly warmer temperatures during summer, and lightweight casual clothing such as shorts and t-shirts are usually worn during these months when the temperature is a lot higher.
Smart casual wear is appropriate for restaurant dining and attending night time events. Business attire is suitable for corporate events.
Swimwear is a must during summer as the South Coast near Canberra has many secluded bays and beaches that are safe for swimming.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes/boots when trekking or walking through parks, bush and gardens. Consider wearing a hat, long-sleeved clothing, and remember the insect repellent. It is also recommended to bring a warm jersey/coat as even during the summer the temperature can be a lot cooler in the countryside.
Particular care needs to be taken also if heading to the ski fields, layered and water-resistant clothing, gloves, hat, wool/moisture-absorbent socks, an extra set of clothes, sunscreen and lip protection is essential, along with goggles/sunglasses.