Welcome spring in Australia's capital
Inspired by a fresh new theme every year, Canberra’s world-class spring festival, Floriade runs each year between September and October with more than one million blooms on display as a backdrop to celebrations throughout Commonwealth Park.
Visitors will see the theme represented in garden beds, horticultural workshops, engaging demonstrations, children’s entertainment and the ticketed twilight event, Floriade NightFest. In addition to the beautiful flower displays, visitors to Australia’s largest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of activities.
Floriade presents a vibrant and varied program of events with something designed to interest and engage everyone. Floriade has now concluded for spring 2015 and will return in 2016.
Floriade will return in 2016 and will run for four glorious weeks from mid September until mid October.
Stay tuned to the official Floriade website for 2016 information plus all your travel tips and accommodation deals. You can subscribe to our enewsletter to ensure you get the news delivered right to your inbox. Alternately follow Floriade on Facebook for their latest news and to share your best images from 2015.
For five nights only each year, Floriade opens at night for NightFest. As the sun sets, garden beds are illuminated with spectacular lighting installations and a whole new world of entertainment opens for the whole family. Be sure to check out the NightFest program for 2016 highlights. The full program is announced in early spring each year.
Floriade is held in Commonwealth Park between Lake Burley Griffin and the city centre. There are numerous accommodation options nearby to cater for all tastes and budgets. Family friendly accommodation is also close by. As with any of Canberra's major events, we advise you plan and book ahead to avoid disappointment. Spring in Canberra is very busy with holidaymakers.
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Travel assistance and advice
If you'd like to talk one of our friendly, knowledgeable locals, call the Canberra and Region Visitor Centre on 1300 554 114 for tips and last-minute deals not available online.
Floriade history and fast facts
- Floriade is the largest floral festival in the southern hemisphere and Australia's biggest celebration of spring.
- The name Floriade derives from the Latin word 'floreat' which means "let it flourish or bloom".
- Floriade began in 1988 as a free, one-off celebration of Canberra's 75th birthday and Australia's bicentenary of European settlement.
Now in its 27th year, Floriade is still free to attend during the day.
- More than 400,000 visitors attend Floriade each year to celebrate spring in Australia.
- The garden beds generally require more than one million plants including bulbs like tulips, daffodils, iris, hyacinth, and annuals like poppies and pansies.
- Flowers bloom continuously over the four week period and can be seen in themed garden beds, planter boxes and floral displays.
- Floriade is popular with families for picnics and a great place to meet friends for a lunch.
- Each year a specific theme is chosen and reflected in the garden bed design. The theme also informs which celebrities will appear to present talks and workshops on healthy living, home decoration and gardening, eco design, sustainability and the environment.