Canberra’s famously frosty winters provide the perfect nurturing conditions for the million tulips and annuals that bloom right on cue each spring in a park overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Once a daytime-only event, the Floriade festival now includes NightFest, with cutting-edge light installations and entertainment over five magical evenings in September.
Reasons to attend
1. Love taking swoon-inducing photographs? Floriade’s fragrant flowerbeds, planted with masses of tulips and annuals to express a different theme each year, are a photographer’s dream. More than 440,000 visitors flock from all over the world to see the Southern Hemisphere’s largest flower festival, which has free admission.
2. Admire the hard work that creates the floral festival: it takes months of planning to build the temporary flowerbeds, pathways and infrastructure. Gardening teams vary the times that flowers bloom throughout the month by planting bulbs at different depths. During the festival, gardeners keep the flowers looking their best by removing deadheads, reshaping garden beds and monitoring the soil’s pH, salt and nutrient levels.