There’s a lot to love about a short break in Canberra this spring – from a jam-packed calendar of annual events and award-winning restaurants to endless natural attractions and a multitude of galleries and museums just waiting to be explored.
Celebrate the turn of the season at Floriade, the largest flower show in the Southern Hemisphere, and a much loved fixture on Canberra’s events calendar. This premium garden event showcases the best in horticulture, creative landscaping, innovation and design from 17 September – 16 October. And don’t miss the five-night after dark extravaganza, Floriade NightFest, from 28 September – 2 October with spectacular lighting designs and installations, pop-up roving entertainment, live comedy and music acts.
Make the most of the season with Botanica, a 24 September – 17 October design festival at Bisonhome in Pialligo with floral displays, an art exhibition from Tiffany Brown, and master classes from leading local and national stylists, chefs and providores…oh and a killer bake-off!
Immerse yourself in meditation, harmony and mindfulness with a series of interactive master classes hosted by health and wellness industry experts at the Eden experienceat the Canberra Centre from 8 September – 30 October.
EXPLORE THE CITY
Get up close and personal with a cheetah at the National Zoo & Aquarium, indulge in a world-famous Freakshake at Patissez, sample award-winning bacon from Pialligo Estate or see a different side of Parliament House on a tour of the stunning private gardens during Floriade.
Immerse yourself in a pop-up arts trail along the southern shores of Lake Burley Griffin during Contour 556, from 22 October – 13 November. Fifty local, national and international artists present public works, including dance, soundscapes, projections and ‘traditional’ sculpture, which respond to the layers of Canberra’s history.
Get out of the city and explore more than 20 marked walking trails at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ranging from an easy 15-minute stroll to an all-day bushwalk. Some of the most popular trails allow for glimpses of platypus, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus and many other birds and reptiles.
After all that fresh air you’ll have earned a little indulgence and Canberra’s red-hot food and wine scene is sure to impress. Refuel in the inner-city foodie precincts of Braddon, NewActon and the Kingston Foreshore – where you’ll find a delicious combination of hipster coffee shops, innovative cafes and award-winning restaurants – or spend the day sampling the region’s cool climate wines, with more than 30 cellar doors located within 35 minutes drive of Canberra.
Enjoy a weekend of local wines matched with scrumptious food, while roving from winery to winery, and taking in the beautiful countryside along the way during theMurrumbateman Moving Feast from 1-2 October. You can also sample the best Rieslings from the Canberra district and across the world at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge Public Tasting Day on 15 October at the Albert Hall.
From 18-19 November, drop into the city’s artistic Tocumwal Lane to sample a pop-up selection of some of the Canberra district’s best food and cool climate wines atFood and Wine in the Laneway.
EXPEND SOME ENERGY
Let the kids run wilder than their imagination in Canberra through giant acorns at theNational Arboretum Canberra, tiny villages at Cockington Green Gardens and past friendly fossils at the National Dinosaur Museum.
Weave your way through the fascinating displays of Spiders at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, until 9 October, and explore Play Up at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The very popular KSpace family space at the National Museum of Australia sees children building a robot of the future using touch screens to then journey back in time to learn about that era in Australia’s history.
TAKE IT ALL IN
Explore the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us ‒ when major international exhibition A History Of The World In 100 Objects From The British Museum opens at the National Museum of Australia on 9 September.
Celebrate the Canberra Nara Sister City relationship at the Canberra Nara Candle Festival on 29 October with calligraphy, origami, Japanese food, martial arts demonstrations, entertainment and the light of more than 2,000 candles.
On 11 November, take part in the Remembrance Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial, followed by the National Ceremony, remembering those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Enjoy the views, delicious picnic hampers, wonderful atmosphere and most of all the music when Canberra’s operatic spectacular, Voices in the Forest, returns for its sixth concert at the National Arboretum Canberra. This year’s concert on 19 November will be another magnificent musical showcase presenting a superb line up of some of the finest voices in the world, including Sumi Jo, soprano, Richard Troxell, tenor and Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo-soprano.
Catch latest releases, children’s movies and classic films in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ Sunset Cinema throughout spring from 11 November.
Be in the crowd on 12 November when the Central Coast Mariners take on Wellington Phoenix. GIO Stadium will host this blockbuster where the Central Coast Mariners will be hoping to fill the ground as they take on their rivals from across the Tasman in a remembrance weekend fixture.
Canberra will also host the first two matches of a five match one-day international series between the Australian women’s team and South Africa, with Manuka Oval set to come alive with cricket action on November 18 and 20.
For spring inspiration, go to visitcanberra.com.au where you can book your accommodation online.