The must-visit Australian city that comes to life in spring

Canberra might be the best spring weekend destination in Australia. Just three hours’ drive from Sydney and with blossoming weather, it offers so many experiences for so many tastes, ages and budgets. Whether you love food and wine, music, art or the great outdoors, it’s all on offer. Canberra not only suits travelling families, couples, friends and soloists, but each spring it offers one spectacular event that encapsulates the lot. Floriade, the capital’s world-famous, and Australia’s biggest celebration of spring is the one that has it all. Kicking off from Saturday 14 September, the festival runs for 30 full days and wraps up with Dogs’ Day Out on Sunday 13 October.

Here are six ways to find your personal Floriade and have the best spring getaway ever.

Floriade’s undeniable centrepiece is flora, glorious flora. You won’t see such an abundance of blooms and flowerbeds mixed with live entertainment and great food anywhere else this side of the Chelsea Flower Show.

For Sydneysiders, Floriade is a lot closer than that English extravaganza but for garden lovers especially, it’s no less spectacular. You can soak up inspiration for a spectacular spring garden at home by strolling the seemingly endless displays. But the best way to really experience the beauty and extract tips and tricks from the experts is to book in for a Floriade Garden Walking Tour. You get to explore the festival’s flowerbeds with a member of the official gardening team, who’ll share their knowledge on what it takes to produce the displays to what types of flowers are used. Questions are most welcome so come prepared.

There’s one on every morning of the Floriade festival. Bookings are essential.

Photo: VisitCanberra
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