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Floriade, Canberra

(3.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Canberra vacation generator to visit Floriade on your trip to Canberra, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • In recent years, Floriade has started to be a bit more innovative, in particular the Dogs Day Out is a wonderful opportunity of those of us with dogs to bring them along for the day out. Unfortunately...  more »
  • Good to visit once or twice but after that it is the same every year. Flowers are beautiful and worth a look but after that there isn't much else. It can be hot, crowded and the market stalls are a bi...  more »
  • Where are the rest of the flowers? It's become all about the stallholders - merchandise. I was very disappointed that a lot of the flower beds were not there. Big queues for food and drink. Horrendous...  more »
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  • A good place to enjoy the tulips blooms and the market inside. Free entry. The parking can be a real nightmare, insufficient parking most of the days and require better planning in the future. Prices of food items on offer can be a tad pricey. Other than that, a perfect place to stroll and soak in the colorful visuals.
  • I believe this event is massively overhyped. Yes, there are tulips and quite a decent number of them but probably the initial group of people got to it first as many flowers were hit or pulled apart and it eventually got quite boring. A good outing to take children to but I wouldn't come back myself in the future. The night lights were well designed in spots but you would have to do both the day and night session to see both lots effectively.
  • A place to visit during spring time for the tulips and other flowers. Best to visit end September when tulips is in full bloom. Sponsorship is getting less and scale of exhibition is smaller. Although cannot compete with Holland Keukenhof, It's still a good place to visit to see the nice flowers.
  • A free event at a great location with festive atmosphere but the species diversity of flowers is not high. However, it is still an amazing festival as flowers in spring time are bright, colorful and beautiful.
  • Many people head for the Floriade and if you consider some factors your experience will be pleasant. First of all - Floriade runs for a month - but go there after 15-20 days when the flowers are at a fool bloom. Going there in the early days can be a disappointment when the flowers have only been planted. Check the weather and plan your parking if you have a car. The main parking at Albert Street/Westside can fill up quickly. Unless you are coming early (opening time), you can go to the parking at Allara Street/Constitution Avenue (Opposite Canberra Olympic pool) and cross the Parkes Way via a footbridge towards the Floriade. Lots of parking spaces there.