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Floriade

Saturday 17 September – Sunday 16 October 2022.

Floriade does not have an entry fee and does not require registration. There are some paid events included in the Floriade program. Look out for ‘Ticketed Events’ specified on the applicable event pages and linked to Ticketek or other ticketing websites for purchase.

We recommend you refer to the Floriade website to stay up to date on the latest details regarding this year’s festival.

Floriade returns to Commonwealth Park located at Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra.

The Floriade gates will open at 9:00am and the park will close at 5:30pm daily. Last admissions are at 5.15pm.

You can find the program for each day on the Floriade Information page https://floriadeaustralia.com/floriade-event/ You can also use the search function on the Floriade and NightFest program pages to select a day, or use the advanced functions to select a range of dates.

The theme for Floriade this year is the Sounds of Spring, this will be reflected in the entertainment program with a range of musical performances and installations throughout the park.

Yes, please check the Full Program for all the program details.

Floriade is offering gardening tours, guiding you through the festival garden beds. From what it takes to produce the flower bed displays to what types of flowers we use, our gardening team will share interesting tidbits and insider information on what it takes to produce the largest flower show in the Southern Hemisphere! Tickets are $12 and tour sizes are limited so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Book your tour here

Information about the design of the garden beds and the bulbs and annuals used to create the vibrant displays is availabel on the website.

View garden bed designs

General Info

Due to liquor licencing, only alcohol purchased from one of the licenced traders can be consumed at the event. You can bring your own food and drink to Floriade and NightFest, but there are also a range of food and drink options available for purchase from our range of food vendors. If you purchase bottled alcohol from one of the retail vendors on site it is to take home only, not for consumption on site.

This year there will be a range of food and drink vendors on site offering a wide variety of food and plenty of seating. You do not need to make a booking. There is also The Marion cafe which is open for high tea during the day. It is $75pp, and bookings can be made on The Marion website.

Yes! There will be options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. While all vendors may not cater for all requirements, we are confident you will find something delicious to suit your needs from the wide variety of food stalls on site. Please go to the Food and Drink page to see what options are available from each vendor.

In the interest of health and public safety, no dogs or any animals (other than guide dogs and companion dogs with official documentation) are permitted to enter Floriade.

All other dogs will be permitted at Floriade on Sunday 16 October 2022 only for Dogs’ Day Out. Conditions apply.

Yes, we will have a dedicated room for baby/infant care which will include the below:

  • Change tables
  • Low sofa style seating and stools for breast/bottle feeding
  • Microwaves to heat/sterilise equipment
  • Accessible toilet located adjacent

Please note that this room is located in a privately screened area and equipped with blinds, but is not lockable.

All accessible toilets within Floriade also include a baby change table.

A map showing the location of the baby/infant care room and accessible toilets can be found here.

There is no ATM available on site. The nearest ATM is located on Nangari Street, off London Circuit, Canberra.

The Floriade team will be capturing the beauty of the flowers in Commonwealth Park this year. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and keep an eye on the website for all the details.

Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Floriade is a family friendly event and is smoke-free within its boundaries at Commonwealth Park.

We kindly ask that you respect other patrons and refrain from smoking or vaping in the Floriade site.


All lost property handed in will be registered and remain at the Information Marquee within the CRVC shop during the day. Please present to the Information Marquee within the CRVC to see if your lost property has been handed in or to register your name and contact details along with details of your lost item for the team to contact you if handed in. Until 16 November 2022 you can enquire about lost property by emailing events@act.gov.au. Any items not claimed by 16 November 2022 will be donated to charity or disposed of.

NightFest

NightFest, Floriade’s dark side, will return to Commonwealth Park from Thursday, 29 September – Sunday, 2 October. The NightFest program is available on the NightFest page.

Tickets for NightFest are available through the Floriade website from Ticketek – the only authorised ticket reseller for the event. Tickets purchased from any other online provider are not legitimate and will not be accepted.

We encourage purchasing online early to avoid disappointment of missing out, ticket sales for each evening will be available online up until 9pm each evening of NightFest. However, tickets will be available to purchase onsite from 4pm – 9pm each evening as well.

NightFest tickets give you access to the park and all the entertainment on the night you have purchased your ticket for.

Yes, you can! However, we do ask that patrons respect others around them by placing chairs to the back or sides of grassed viewing areas so they do not obstruct the view of others who may be sitting on picnic blankets at ground level. Please also be aware that the NightFest program is quite different this year and there are a range of performances and entertainment on throughout the park, rather than a single stage.

Accessibility

Floriade is located on a four-hectare site. The circuit around Floriade is approx. 1.6km and contains some loose granite pathways. Please wear sensible footwear and take all necessary precautions to prevent injury to yourself or those in your party. A limited number of wheelchairs, walking frames, electric mobility scooters and strollers will be available for hire on site form the Mobility Marquee. The Floriade train will also be in operation, and is a lovely way to see and move around the site.

Accessible public parking for people is available adjacent to the Regatta Point entrance (access off Commonwealth Ave). Parking is limited and vehicles must display an authorized disability parking permit. Please go to the Accessibility page on the Floriade website to see the map identifying accessible parking.

A limited number of wheelchairs, walking frames, electric mobility scooters and strollers will be available for hire. For mobility hire and booking enquiries, please email scooters@netspeed.com.au or send a text message to 0403 242 584.

Please visit the Accessibility page on the Floriade website to see the map identifying the location of the Accessibility Marquee.

Floriade is accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and strollers. Floriade has minimal stairs. Display marquees and markets in Floriade are all at ground level. Most marquees are fixed with accessible ramps. Accessible toilet facilities are also available across the event site. Paths are wide enough to accommodate pedestrians, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and strollers. Be aware there are some loose gravel pathways and there may be water on pathways after rain. Please go to the Accessibility page on the Floriade website to see the map identifying the accessible toilets, and the location of the Mobility Marquee which will have wheelchairs, walking frames, mobility scooters and strollers for hire.

Getting to, in and around Floriade

For information on parking, the Free Floriade Shuttle Bus, public transport and travel from interstate – please refer to our Getting To Floriade page

Parking at Regatta Point and Acton Park is limited. Motorists are encouraged to consider other public parking options within walking distance of Floriade including the Canberra Centre, CIT Reid, off London Circuit, and off Edinburgh Avenue. There is also public parking available in the National Triangle, however, capacity will vary between weekdays and weekends. A Floriade Shuttle Bus will service several of these parking locations from 9:00am to 5:30pm each day. Please go the “Getting to Floriade” page for all the details.

Starting at the end of September, construction work will begin on Raising London Circuit and to accommodate this the below car parks will be impacted, reducing overall parking capacity:

  • Corner of Constitution Avenue and London Circuit car park
  • Acton Waterfront car park
  • Corner of London Circuit and Edinburgh Avenue.

A FREE shuttle will loop the city every day of the event and also from the National Triangle (Parkes) on weekends. We encourage you to park closer to this route and take advantage of riding this free service. More information and schedules can be found here.

Alternatively if you wish to drive and park yourself, alternate parking can be found nearby.

Car parks closest to the corner of Constitution Avenue and London Circuit, and instructions on how to get to Floriade from there.

1. Canberra Olympic Pool 36 Constitution Avenue – Walk over the Parkes Way footbridge to enter Floriade through Parkes Way Gate

2. CIT Reid at the corner of Constitution Avenue and Coranderrk Street – Cross over Coranderrk Street at the lights heading to the Civic Pool, then walk over the Parkes Way footbridge at the end of Allara Street. This will allow you to enter Floriade through the Parkes Way Gate. OR Go through the underpass under Parkes Way in front of the new Griffin Development and enter Floriade through Nerang Pool Gate.

3. National Convention Centre multi-storey car park on Constitution Avenue – Walk over the Parkes Way footbridge to enter Floriade through Parkes Way Gate

4. Wilson New Action carpark at 1Phillip Law St – Cross over the Parkway footbridge at the end of Kendal Lane and follow the bike route around to the main entrance at Regatta Point.

For an overview of all the parking and traffic changes please click here.

Coranderrk Street and Parkes Way

On weekends only throughout Floriade there will be no right turn onto Coranderrk St from the Parkes Way roundabout. Please use Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue, or Edinburgh Avenue to access the city carparks.

London Circuit

From 8pm Friday 30 September to 6am Tuesday 4 October, London Circuit eastbound between Northbourne Avenue and East Row will be closed.

From 8pm Friday 7 October to 6am Monday 10 October, London Circuit eastbound between West Row and Northbourne Avenue will be closed.

You are more than welcome to ride your bike to Floriade, but in the interest of public safety, all forms of bicycles and tricycles, including hand-propelled tricycles, are not permitted within the grounds of Floriade. This excludes mobility scooters, which are permitted in the Floriade site. Bicycle racks are provided close to each Floriade entry gate. Make sure you bring your own lock and chain. Provision can be made for tricycles to be stored at any of the entry gates, however Floriade takes no responsibility for theft or damage. Please go to the “Getting to Floriade” page to see all the information about transport including buses, shuttle buses and parking locations.

In the interest of public safety, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades/skates are not permitted within the gates of Floriade. This excludes mobility scooters, which are permitted in the Floriade site. Scooter parking will be available at each of the Floriade gates.

Pickup & Set Down

There will be restricted drop off/pickup spaces outside the Floriade main Gate on Regatta Place in front of the Canberra Visitors Centre, to enable coaches to drop off and pick up. Vehicles will be required to turn off Barrine Drive onto Regatta Place.   

Signage will be positioned to guide vehicles and designate the drop off/pick up area. A Traffic Controller will also be positioned at the intersection of Regatta Point and the designated thoroughfare parking bay to communicate the process to vehicles. 

Set-down and pick-up is permitted at Regatta Point however coach and bus parking in this location is prohibited.  

Bus/Coach Parking

After dropping off passengers, buses and coaches are being encouraged to seek parking at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) where there is ample coach parking.

The entrance to the coach parking is on Braybrooke Street which can be accessed either via Battye Street or Ginninderra Drive.

The AIS has a café onsite, which is located within the visitors center.

Alternatively, you can try the below coach bays which have limited first come-first served parking.

  • Mall Road West, behind Questacon | 7-8 spaces
  • Lennox Crossing, National Museum of Australia| 3-4 spaces
  • Akuna Street, adjacent to Glebe Park | 3-4 spaces
  • Alinga Street, behind the Novotel | 3 spaces
  • Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace | 5-6 spaces

During the event, the Regatta Point bus and coach parking will be converted into accessible parking and therefore will not be available for the use of buses or coaches.

Due to construction works, no coach and bus parking is available at Acton Park carpark, West Basin. 

Other Events at Floriade

Yes there will be photography workshops – head to the Floriade Program page for more details .

Yes there will be a Bulb Dig. The information on Bulb Dig can be found on the Bulb Dig page.

Yes Dogs’ Day Out will be held on 16 October. More details available here.

Floriade Community

Floriade Community was introduced in 2021 following the success of Floriade: Reimagined in 2020, which saw more than 90 community groups plant bulbs and annuals to help create a tulip trail through Canberra’s suburbs. This year 300,000 bulbs and annuals were made available to 100 schools, community groups and organisations as part of Floriade Community to spread the joy and colour of Floriade throughout Canberra in 2022. All the planter boxes and pots which were distributed across Canberra in 2021 will be back in Commonwealth Park this year.

Yes, please go to the Floriade Community page and click the link to the Tulip Trail map to see the locations of the Floriade Community plantings.

Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a Floriade volunteer, Please sign up to the mailing list via our volunteers page, and we will contact you.

Alternatively, if you have further questions, please email event.volunteers@act.gov.au.

Applications for 2022 are now closed. If you are interested in applying to perform at Floriade. Please email entertainment@act.gov.au to sign up to the mailing list to be advised when the Expression of Interest to perform in 2023 opens.

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Please email entertainment@act.gov.au to sign up to the mailing list to be advised when the Expression of Interest to perform in 2023 opens.