Canberra springs into a colourful celebration this season with a jam-packed calendar of events and indulgent treats to make your short break to the capital an unforgettable one.
From floral festivities that transform into an illuminated wonderland at night, to commemorating the stories and lives of those who’ve come before us – there’s one good thing after another awaiting you in Canberra.
The best things in life are designed to be shared, so book your stay today, and experience Lonely Planet’s third best city in travel with your loved ones this spring.
15 September - 14 October
Discover Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. More than one million blooms combine to create a stunning backdrop to a monthlong festival, filled with music, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities in the heart of Canberra.
26 - 30 September
As the sun sets over Commonwealth Park, Floriade becomes an illuminated wonderland as NightFest returns with five nights of entertainment, food, and more. With something new every night, you’re sure to be enchanted by what’s on offer.
Rome: City and Empire
21 September 2018 - 3 February 2019
National Museum of Australia
Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire. Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.
Wildfest at Tidbinbilla
28 September - 13 October
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Experience Canberra’s premier wildlife sanctuary with the ultimate family camping sleepover. Explore Tidbinbilla with specially designed ranger guided activities, understand the culture of the traditional country of the Ngunnawal people and see the history of European settlement in the Tidbinbilla Valley.
After the War
Open 5 October
Australian War Memorial
After the War is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.
Design Canberra Festival
5 - 25 November
Celebrate Canberra as a global city of design. Featuring more than 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes. Presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.