Floriade is an annual celebration of spring in the heart of Australia's capital- Canberra

Almost 500,000 visitors flock to Canberra during September and October to take in the sea of flowers alongside Lake Burley Griffin in Commonwealth Park. Featuring more than one million blooms, Floriade has earned the title of the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere, and includes a program of horticulture workshops, music and entertainment.


See the flowers from a new perspective

Make like royalty and take a boat ride across ornamental Lake Burley Griffin. In 2011 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip took a stately open-air boat ride from Government House to visit Floriade. Take in the spectacular blooms from 300 metres (984 feet) above ground on a scenic helicopter flight (AUD$75 per person). Flights depart from nearby Lennox Park before soaring above Floriade.

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Head to NightFest

NightFest is an after-dark extravaganza that unfolds over five nights during Floriade. Garden beds are illuminated with cutting-edge light installations, while night markets, live music, comedians and DJs provide plenty of fun for the whole family. The full program is announced at the beginning of September each year and tickets go on sale from August.

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How to Get There

Canberra is a 55 minute flight or three hour drive from Sydney; from Melbourne, it’s a one hour flight. During the festival, free shuttle buses take visitors to Floriade from the city centre. Three ferry operators also drop passengers nearby. The park is also an easy stroll or bicycle ride from the city centre.


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