Australian Capital Territory
September - October
For 30 fragrant days in September and October, Canberra comes alive with a million spring blooms during Floriade, Australia biggest flower festival. Incredible images are created as the flowers open their petals. Each year illustrates a different theme. It is a colourful seasonal addition to Canberra’s green parks and native gardens. Soak up the floral colour while browsing markets and gourmet stalls. Attend workshops, exhibitions and live concerts. Learn about gardening, enjoy films or follow the Floriade Trail to the galleries, monuments and attractions of the nation’s capital. Floriade welcomes more than 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors each year.
See Canberra come alive with a million spring blooms at Floriade, Australia biggest flower festival. For 30 fragrant days in September and October, the garden beds of Commonwealth Park become canvasses for super-sized floral pictures. It’s a colourful seasonal addition to Canberra’s open green spaces and native gardens. Soak up the floral colour while browsing bustling markets and gourmet stalls and attending workshops, exhibitions and live concerts. Learn about gardening, enjoy films amongst the floodlit flowers or follow the Floriade Trail to spring-themed Canberra attractions.
Floriade’s flower beds depend on a million-plus flowers blooming on cue. This creative collaboration between landscape gardeners and nature takes careful planting and 18 months of planning. Tulips, irises, daffodils, violas, chrysanthemums, and daisies open their petals in bold designs which each year reflect a different theme. Some past themes have included ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll in Bloom’ and ‘Poetry in Flowers’.
Appreciate their full size and artistry from the air in a hot air balloon. From above you can see how the flowers burst forth from the city’s landscaped parklands and native bush land surrounds.
Beyond the flower beds, you can browse photographic exhibitions and meet Australian gardening personalities. Wander the showcase gardens and observe plant varieties, garden design and landscaping. For families there are play areas and workshops on everything from gardening to storytelling. In the patting paddock, children can learn to milk cows and meet new-born chicks and ducks.
Floriade NightFest involves five nights of entertainment, films, markets and food and wine. Guests can dance to swing bands beneath lantern-lit trees and watch films amongst the floodlit blooms. Browse for local art and craft at the night markets or jump onboard an amusement ride. Enjoy the spring scents and magical lights with a gourmet dinner hamper and a drink from the NightFest Glow Bar.
Canberra sings with springtime energy during Floriade, making it a great time to explore the capital’s many other natural attractions including parks, gardens and bushland, and Lake Burley Griffin.
Learn about Australia’s military history at the Australian War Memorial and its political past at Old Parliament House. Visit the stylish bars and restaurants and science and technology exhibits at Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre. Canberra is also the gateway to the Australian Alps and numerous national parks.