It has been a goal of mine to get the opportunity to visit Floriade for many years now. I am a huge fan of all things floral and colour so combine the two and I am in my own little world of heaven!
For those who don’t know where or what this festival is, it is a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra, Australia and this year was it’s 30 year anniversary. It features a massive display of flowers which are all designed into sculptures and other artistic features. The floral displays have more than a million flowers planted across 8,000 square metres of parkland and over the years it has become more than just a flower show with market stalls, food and beverage stands, comedy, music and acrobatic performances taking stage throughout the park.
A few note worthy tips:
Location – Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT. Living in Sydney, it’s an easy 3 hour drive to Canberra so we decided to make a girls trip weekend out of it and jump in the car, put on some tunes and off we went.
Dates – Held in Spring, the festival usually runs through September & October and as the festival gets bigger and bigger each year the festival seems to last a bit longer. This years dates were from 16 Sep – 15 Oct, so you still have time to head down and check it out for yourself if you can spare a day or two!
Time – 10am – 7pm, daily
Cost – FREE! Who doesn’t love free stuff!?
Parking – There are plenty of parking stations located around Commonwealth Park. There are a few different entry points into the festival and there are parking signs located all throughout the city that will lead you to at least one of these parking stations.
Nightfest – Throughout the day the entry is free and if you are keen to hang around into the night I would recommend purchasing tickets to Nightfest which is open from 8pm – 11pm each night over one or two weekends of the duration of the festival. I definitely recommend Nightfest! It’s a light festival that contains illuminated installations and adds after-dark magic to the already spectacular flower displays. Tickets cost around the $30.
Visually, it’s such an incredible display and for someone who can’t keep a plant alive (for very long at least!) I truely do appreciate the efforts involved in getting this festival up and running! We had a blast and would definitely recommend everyone get a chance to visit. I know I’ll be certainly be returning in the years to come!