Getting Ready To Bloom

Every September, Commonwealth Park in our National Capital blooms in to life with the Floriarde Festival

As the temperature drops, spring is in the sight of Floriade’s gardeners as they plant the first bulbs at Commonwealth Park in Canberra this week. This event is a must visit for anybody with even a slight interest in all things floral, the stunning beauty is a great celebration of Spring and its amazing colourful blooms. The photos over the following four pages will give you a taste and insight into what a world class event Floriade has become and Canberra with all its other attractions on offer is the place to be this coming spring.

Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring runs in Canberra from Saturday 14 September to Sunday 13 October. This year’s theme is World in Bloom, which visitors will see reflected in flowerbeds and entertainment programming.

Floriade NightFest returns for four nights, including the Labour Day long weekend, from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October with spectacular new lighting displays and live entertainment to be announced in coming months..

The hallmark event on the Australian events calendar continues to perform strongly. Last year’s event attracted 480,540 people, an increase of more than 45,000 from 2017. Major events in Canberra contribute significantly to the visitor economy and the value of tourism in the ACT. Floriade 2018 had an economic impact of $38.6 million, with 48.1% of visitors attending the event from interstate or overseas.

Beyond the gates of Floriade, Canberra is brimming with must-see-and-do experiences this spring. With a stellar food and wine scene, a multitude of museums and galleries and endless natural attractions just waiting to be explored, discover why the capital was named third in Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2018. Don’t miss West Side Story at the Canberra Theatre (10-20 October) and DreamWorks’ Animation: The Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia (from 20 September), or get back to nature during the school holidays with the Wildfest® Pop Up Wilderness Family Camp at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Floriade – 14 September – 13 October 2019 9.30am – 5.30pm Commonwealth Park, Canberra

About Floriade: Developed in 1988 as a grand, one-off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has now become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event. For further info simply go to

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