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 outdoor festivities to a focus on design, 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.
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.
Canberra Nara Candle Festival
Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens
Enjoy the spectacular visual of 2,000 shimmering candles at the 16th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival, as we celebrate the 25th year of the Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.
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.