Since 1988, Canberra’s Floriade festival has been dazzling springtime visitors with a stunning display of floral beauty. Located next to Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park, the event bursts into life on 13 September and runs for a full month to 12 October, making it ideal for a short break to shake off any winter blues.

Floriade has grown a reputation for delighting visitors with an explosion of colour from over one million blooms, which are artistically displayed on the four-hectare site. This year the theme of ‘passion’ will flow though the carefully planned and coordinated garden beds, which can be intimately experienced from the 1.6 kilometre walking circuit.

Be entertained and stimulated

The floral feast also forms an extravagant backdrop to a host of other festival activities and encounters, including music, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities.

The ‘Inspiration Hub’ is a great opportunity to enjoy and interact with a range of expert presentations on ecological gardening, permaculture and lots of take-home ideas for the suburban gardener.

For those who like to taste as well as view the Mother Nature’s bounty, the ‘Gourmet Garden’ area will feature demonstrations from acclaimed chefs, who are certain to arouse the appetite. Any hungry pangs created there can be satisfied at a selection of on-site dining options, with a choice of a la carte or take-away vendors.

On the music front, roving entertainers and buskers will evoke a festive atmosphere. The activities flow into the night too, with the Floriade NightFest presenting musical artists, comedians and even a night market.

If you want to get a more peaceful perspective, the giant 35-metre ferris wheel gives a unique view of the garden bed designs.

Fact file

  • Canberra has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, including five star or boutique hotels, serviced apartments or bed and breakfasts. Make sure you book early for this popular event and if you need help the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre can be contacted on 1300 852 780 or visit
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