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Floriade
Australia's Celebration of Spring

about ...

Canberra, Floriade
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
Floriade or "Australia's Celebration of Spring" is one of the most spectacular spring festivals, featuring extensive displays of flowering bulbs. Floriade is considered to be the most important regular event for tourism in the Australian Capital Territory. Beside the flower display there are also cultural celebrations, musical shows, artistic manifestations and many other activities.

The name Floriade comes from the Latin word 'floriat' and was inspired by flower festivals held in the Netherlands.

brief history ...

Canberra, Floriade
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
Floriade began in 1988 as a commemoration of Australia's bicentenary. Floriade is huge floral display of tulips and other spring flowers for which Canberra is an ideal climate.

Since 1988 Floriade has always been held in Canberra's Commonwealth Park located close to the Lake Burley Griffin.

tourist information ...

How to get there
From Sydney you can either catch a train from the Central Station, which is close to the City center, or by car via the highway that is linking Sydney and Canberra. See map.

Relevant links:
Floriade, Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

When:
Floriade festival runs from mid September to mid October.
20 February
1913 - King O'Malley drove in the first survey peg to mark the commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.

1962 - Perth becomes known as the City of Light when astronaut John Glenn passes over the city and thousands of external lights are switched on to greet him.
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