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. 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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  • August 12, 2017
    When we first came to Canberra Floriade was a huge deal. The flowers were planted far and wide and the colours and patterns were incredible. The displays were unique and interesting. Must say last yea...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Canberra has a great deal to recommend it as a tourist destination. A lot of pleasant accommodation is inexpensive and there is a vibrant restaurant scene over several suburbs. A particular reason to ...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Because our children are now teenagers, it isn't seen as cool to be going out during the day with the family. So for the past couple of years we have taken them to the night fest after going for vietn...  more »
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  • I go every year and it's honestly just not what it was when I went as a child. It would be awesome if they tried to go beyond past years. There's a lot to do for kids, I'm sure it meets the expectations of adults, but I think young adults and teens could be a fruitful untapped market. Maybe a nightfest targeted at young adults?
  • Gardens could be more vibrant. Great day out. It's just missing something
  • Floriade happens during the best time of the year in Canberra i.e Spring. Flowers esp. Tulips steal the show. Seeing so many people out enjoying the weather after the terrible winter is a treat to watch.
  • The best part was that entry was free. We went on the last Saturday which turned out to be bring your dog day. I love dogs but!!!! dogs pooing in the garden beds and their deposits not picked up, most tulips were just about done, not a large variety of other flowers or displays, and the weeds !!! lawns (grass) not mowed. I have been to Amsterdam's Floriade and it runs rings around Canberra's. The variety of Tulip colours was not to bad, but to bring them in on pallets to make a display ??? Probably won't go again, but can say it's been ticked of my bucket list.
  • I still love going there, but I cannot give 5 stars. Severely reduced number of flower beds, no imagination or vibrancy, more silly functions and stages. If I may suggest:- Impose a $10 entry fee and bring back the quality that was there even 5-7 years ago. The photo below is from 2008.

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