Celebrate spring in Canberra
Spectacular floral festivities, exclusive exhibitions and wild adventures collide in Canberra this spring, making it the perfect time to discover Lonely Planet’s third best city to visit in 2018.
Kick off your visit with the ultimate celebration of spring, Floriade, on show in Commonwealth Park from Saturday 15 September to Sunday 14 October. Visitors can expect to see some much-loved characters and familiar faces as this year’s flowerbeds and jam-packed program of entertainment take inspiration from the 2018 theme of Pop Culture. This year’s event also boasts an exceptional array of local food and wine thanks to some of the region’s best local producers, including Pialligo Estate, Contentious Character, Capital Brewing Co. and Underground Spirits.
The fun continues after-dark for five nights only as Floriade transforms into the illuminated wonderland that is NightFest, with spectacular lighting, entertainment and food from 26-30 September.
For the first time this spring visitors can also experience one of the ACT’s nature parks like never before with the ultimate family sleepover – A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla. Explore this vast 54.5km² reserve with ranger-guided activities, learn about the culture of the Ngunnawal people and see the history of European settlement in the Tidbinbilla Valley.
If arts and culture is your thing, Canberra has you covered with Contour 556, Canberra’s biennial public art and performance event on Lake Burley Griffin from 5-28 October, and Design Canberra, which celebrates the nation’s capital as a global city of design from 5-25 November.
Be sure to pop by the National Museum of Australia to catch Rome: City and Empirefrom 21 September. Travel back in time as more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects tell the story of this mighty empire.
Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures is another exhibition not to be missed, celebrating the life and work of one of Australia’s most acclaimed and beloved actors at the National Film and Sound Archive until February.
The Australian War Memorial will also present a moving program of events to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War from 5 October to 11 November. The centrepiece of Honour Their Spirit will be a visually stunning and immersive display of 62,000 hand-knitted poppies in the Memorial’s grounds, complemented by a music program and evening lighting.
During the school holidays, keep the kids entertained with a flurry of family-friendly activities including monstrous milkshakes at Patissez, life-like dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum and quirky science experiments at Questacon.
Be sure to stick around for the Canberra Nara Candle Festival on Saturday 27 October. As the sun sets on yet another beautiful spring day, crowds will flock to Lennox Gardens to celebrate the 25th year of our Sister City relationship with Nara in Japan among 2000 shimmering candles, Japanese food and entertainment.
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