Pop quiz! What is the capital of Australia? If you answered Sydney or Melbourne, try again. If you answered Canberra, you’re right! With a population of around 403 thousand people, Canberra is located in between the two largest cities in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra is a rare treat among Australian cities, providing a variety of colour, activity and experiences according to Australia’s four seasons. Whenever you decide to visit Canberra, there will surely be things for you to do.
Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs.
From 1st September to 30th November, with a temperature between 3 and 23 degrees, spring in Canberra is exquisite! It’s time for outdoor fun and exploration, freshly scented air and a gorgeous blue sky. Spring is an ideal time for bushwalking and cycling around the lakes, with the city bursting into colour. Canberra springs into a colourful celebration this season with a jam-packed calendar of events and indulgent treats to make your short break to the capital an unforgettable one.
Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. Held annually since 1988, it is a flower and entertainment festival featuring extensive displays of flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features. Revel in an impressive array of retro-inspired flowerbeds and a festival program brimming with live music, horticultural displays and unmissable entertainment. For a month long event, this free entry event has encouraged tourists from all around the world to visit celebrate the welcoming of spring with Canberra.
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#Floriade opened with a pop of culture, flowers and colour over the weekend! 🌷🎉 Here are some of our favourite photos of the festivities! Thanks to @ausseagirl, @shotsbysal, @kathbatley, @carobachi, @ferichanpiliang92, @accidentalnomad, @wanderlust73, @sophielavers, @susan.emi and @tlokman for sharing with us by using #visitcanberra and #floriade!
Canberra Nara Candle Festival
Based on a much larger candle festival known as the Nara ‘Tokae’, the Canberra Nara Candle Festival shares the values of peace and goodwill and is a celebration of the Canberra Nara Sister City relationship. Held annually in October, this festival has grown in popularity showing the warm regard that Canberrans have for Nara and the lively interest Australians have in all aspects of Japanese culture. Highlights of the festival include Japanese food and cultural activities such as calligraphy, origami, lantern-making, martial arts demonstrations and entertainment.
The centrepiece of the festival is a display of 2000 candles which are lit at dusk by festival volunteers.
To celebrate the end of spring and the start of summer, Spilt Milk is an annual 12-hour music festival featuring music, food and art. This music festival hosts a line-up of international superstars and fierce local talents including Lorde, Cashmore Cats, Alison Wonderland, The Wombats, YG and many more. If you plan to attend this festival, you better be ready, tickets sell out within minutes.
Spring in Canberra is the season with a jam-packed calendar of uncountable events and indulgent treats to make your trip down under a memorable one. For more exciting events, click here.
Canberra Nara Candle Festival. Retrieved from http://www.events.act.gov.au/nara
FLORIADE. Retrieved from https://floriadeaustralia.com/
Spilt Milk Festival – MUSIC·FOOD·ART. Retrieved from https://spilt-milk.com.au/
Spring Events Guide. (2018). Retrieved from https://visitcanberra.com.au/publications-apps-and-maps/spring-events-guide
Azwin Zamri is a fresh graduate from the Australian National University, holding a degree in Science Psychology. Her curiosity about the world has led to her trying out and learning new things every day.
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