If I’m not too late already, I’d like to go ahead and state that Canberra is the new hip place to hang. I don’t really know much about politics, but as quick as our country is turning over new Prime Ministers, Canberra is turning into the modern-clean line city that you’d expect to find in the streets of Melbourne.
Prior to this year, I had only visited Canberra once as a tagalong child on one of my father’s business trips. Memories from back then were simply that it was very clean, serious and business-like. Whilst I can assure you that Canberra still remains amazingly clean, the vibe there is definitely not all serious, at least not outside of Parliament House anyway.
With Canberra being the nation’s capital city, it only makes sense that Australia’s largest Spring flower festival be held there. Floriade is the epitome of spring celebrations, with the whole of Commonwealth Park blooming with over one million flowers, planted intricately along the paths.
But Floriade is much more than a gathering for flower enthusiasts, or girly girls like myself who can just obsess over looking at pretty things for hours. It is an event inviting all families to the foodies, to the floral addicts and the interior designers. The Floriade 2016 program showcases a seasonal celebration offering those who enter the gates a day out full of fun.
There is much on offer including live music and entertainment on the main stage, workshops on how to make floral arrangements and floral crowns, or you may like to book in a master class where you can unlock the secret of creating the next greatest selling perfume. If you’ve always wanted to paint your own garden gnome, Floriade makes that possible. You can even enter your gnome in a contest to win some prizes. If garden gnome painting doesn’t excite your child, you can give them a ride on the giant ferris wheel, where they can admire the view from above. Or of course, you can take them to the adoring Kid’s Corner, where there are potting classes, flower craft classes, an obstacle course and even a petting zoo with a pink haired pony!
The fun of Floriade doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, no there is NightFest. For five special nights from 28 September to 2 October, Commonwealth Park becomes illuminated with millions of LED lights which are incorporated into delicate garden beds and park surroundings. There are fire twirlers, food and wine tasting as well as more live music and entertainment. NightFest requires you to purchase tickets from ticketek.com.au/nightfest.
Whilst I did not attend NightFest, I have already drooled over the amazing photos and experiences that friends of mine have shared with me. I’ll definitely be making it a point to stay in Canberra for NightFest next year.
Below is a video edit I made of my day at Floriade. Hope you enjoy it :)
For more information, see www.floriadeaustralia.com
So do I just think Canberra is the new ‘it’ scene because I realised that a flower festival called Floriade exists? No. Definitely not.
I loved everything in Canberra from my stay in accommodation, to the abundance of restuarants that left me craving for more food, to the exciting things you may find at one of the many weekend markets, to the friendly faces of the locals when you pass them on the streets, shops and even parking lots. Maybe they are smiling because they know that we now know how amazing Canberra is. Either way, the newest sheik hotels and food and wine scene are progressively drawing greater attention to nation’s capital, with more and more visitors coming each year to experience Canberra life for themselves.
During my visit to Canberra, I was so fortunate to be staying in the Little National Hotel, which I can promise you, provide beds from heaven. They are like floating clouds, it was so hard to get out of bed. Even one evening when I woke up from a little cat nap just as the sun was setting and the full moon rising. I was too comfortable to get out of bed to go outside and photograph it, so I literally rolled over and took a photo through the window.
I would not call myself a foodie of anysort, because I just love eating all food, though the following are some must go-to places to eat.
-The Hamlet Food Trucks
-Močan & Green Grout
-The Cupping Room
-Westside Acton Park
All in all, I have to say that as the capital of Australia, Canberra is doing us proud. With Canberra being only 3 hours drive from Sydney, it’s the perfect little city getaway.