See Canberra in a whole new light
Visitors admire the architectural projections during Enlighten, held every autumn in Canberra

Canberra's autumn festival - Enlighten

Autumnal landscapes and childhood dreams will breathe life into Canberra after dark as Enlighten returns this March.

The national capital’s Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into a vibrant arts precinct with free entertainment such as talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

Each night the whole family can enjoy a range of free and ticketed events as a selection of the capital’s finest cultural institutions offer up a host of surprising experiences.

Enlighten returns from Friday 4 March until Sunday 12 March 2016. For program details visit

Autumn dining in Canberra

Autumn is a delightful season to dine in Canberra. This year’s Enlighten event sees the return of the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, creating a bustling atmosphere in the heart of the event with an array of authentic Asian eats, themed bars and live music. There's plenty of dining options in the nearby precincts of Kingston and Manuka, while just across the lake you can explore options around New ActonBraddon and in the city. Surrounding areas harbour great eateries at local suburban shops like Dickson, Ainslie, and Yarralumla.
For local recommendations, check out Canberra food experiences on our Pinterest page.

Travel to Canberra

Getting to Canberra is easy. It's an easy weekend drive from Sydney and a quick flight from Melbourne or other Australian state capital cities. Find your preferred option on how to travel to Canberra including drive holiday routes plus coaches and trains. 

Enlighten accommodation

If you're looking for somewhere to stay during Enlighten, browse, research, compare and book accommodation through this website. We've got the most comprehensive listing of Canberra accommodation with current TripAdvisor reviews to help guide your decisions. Or, have a chat to our friendly staff at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre. Call 1300 554 114 for travel advice and last-minute accommodation deals released on Fridays that are often better than those available online! Please don't tell too many people!


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