Floriade, Canberra

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An annual festival of flowers, Floriade features tulips as the main attraction. Numerous displays showcase other colorful flowers from around the world. Sculptures, garden stalls, makeshift restaurants, and live music by local performers make this event a popular stop for locals and tourists. Offering a chance for family photos, the festival also hosts a competition where children and their parents paint gnomes or make scarecrows, with the best entry winning a prize. Adults enjoy an event called NightFest, an after-dark extravaganza that includes live music, comedy and acrobatics performances, shopping, cocktails, and movie screenings. By using our Canberra trip builder site , you can arrange your visit to Floriade and other attractions in Canberra.
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  • Had a lovely time seeing Floriade for the first time. Well organised and easy to get to if perhaps smaller than we expected. We allowed 2 days but one day was enough, however we are not big on gardeni...  more »
  • We visited Floriade as an adult family. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities available. While the floral gardens were impressive and very photogenic, there were also special floral ...  more »
  • I’m a Canberran and can say without equivocation that this is simply a ‘must do’ for every fellow Canberran and visitor alike. It’s wonderful. Great scenery in the flowers and the lake surrounds inclu...  more »
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  • Fantastic place for families, they have rides for kids, market place for adults and beautiful flowers for everyone. I have also attended photography workshops hosted by Floriade and was able to access the event before it opened. Great place to take a picnic after work. The onsite food is very expensive however.
  • What an amazing show. Loved it. The flowers were spectacular. Better that the Kew and Royal Chelsea show. I went on dog open day. It added to the family and relaxed environment. The food stands were great. Definitely worth a visit!
  • This is a tulip festival. It shows about 20 beds of very similar tulips. It has some shops that sell things designed for tourists such as honey, Australian wool and leather belts. You can do the Floriade in 45 mins. Only positive is that it's free. Good luck.
  • Daytime experience with kids: Food prices- $14 for fish and chips, $8/$12 burgers, $12 fairy floss bag, $4+ Streets ice creams, $7 fish taco etc carnival sort of prices. Loads of pretty tulips (mostly tulips), hamster ball/floating clear ball things for kids were fun ($12/turn), other rides are limited to slide, Ferris wheel ($8 each or 4 for $30), laughing clowns ($10 for 2 turns), spinning tea cups and train. Free reptile petting which was great. Lots of stores but we didn't go to any. Kids scooters need to be stored ie. you can't have them in the area.
  • We visited in the beginning of the floriade so not all flowers were blooming but good festive mood to all visitors.

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