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The Ultimate Canberra Spring Bucketlist

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by Heidi Cee (subscribe)
I'm a Canberran who loves cheese, wine, chocolate and adventures. Visit my blog at https://thehappyminimum.wordpress.com/
Published August 1st 2019
Find flowers, festivals & fine wines in Canberra this spring
Spring in Canberra is all about getting outside, shaking off the winter blues and watching the city burst back into life after a long, foggy hibernation. If you're ready to draw up your Canberra Spring Bucket List, here are some ideas to get you started:

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Floriade - a must-do in Canberra in Spring


1. Floriade and Floriade NightFest

If the largest flower festival in the southern hemisphere doesn't get you excited for spring, nothing will! Floriade is a month-long celebration of life, colour and beautiful blooms centred around Commonwealth Park in the city. Entry to Floriade is free and once inside, you'll find entertainment, themed events and activities rides and more. There are food venues and market stalls so you can make the most of your day tiptoeing through the tulips. Floriade Nightfest takes you into the flowers after dark. With a host of big names headlining the four-night festival, NightFest is the perfect excuse to get out and about. For information on tickets and entertainment for NightFest, click here.

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Blossoms and bulbs at Tulip Top Gardens near Canberra


2. Tulip Top Gardens

A short drive north of Canberra, Tulip Top Gardens is located just off the highway and easy to find. These gardens are beginning to rival Floriade with their beautiful bulbs bursting to life under trees dripping with spring blossoms. There are loads of areas to explore, a small creek, food and wine and entertainment. At Tulip Top Gardens, picnics, kids and even pooches are welcome and the vibe is really chill - a definite must-do if you are in Canberra this spring. For details on entry costs and scheduled entertainment, click here.

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Blossoms and bulbs at Tulip Top Gardens near Canberra


3. Canberra Nara Candle Festival

Celebrating Canberra's sister city relationship with Nara, Japan, the Canberra Nara Candle Festival is a beautiful evening event held each spring. The schedule includes displays of dancing, martial arts and Japanese crafts for the kids. There are Japanese food stalls aplenty so bring a big appetite! Once you've had time to much through takoyaki, teriyaki, yakitori, okonomiyaki and everything in between, settle back and enjoy the magic of 2000 candles casting a magical glow across Nara Peace Park.

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Cellar doors aplenty near Canberra - pictured is Yarrh Wines


4. Take a Cellar Door Tour

What better time than spring to sneak out of the city for a day touring the cellar doors of Murrumbateman and Lake George. With more than xx wineries to choose from, most with either restaurants or picnic areas, you can't go wrong whichever wine trail you choose. For a run-down of Canberra's cellar doors and what they offer, click here. Just remember, lots of the cellar doors have limited trading days so check before you head off. Bookings are also recommended for many of the restaurants but with a bit of planning, you'll have a wine-tastic weekend to look forward to.

Weeping cherries in one of Parliament House's many gardens
Parliament House garden tours are full of secrets!


5. Parliament House Private Gardens Tour

For something completely different and way more interesting than the name suggests, a behind the scenes tour of Parliament House's gardens is a truly unique Canberra spring event. The experience runs throughout Floriade and you'll get to see some of the over 23 hectares of gardens scattered around APH. The gardens you see will vary depending on your guide and what is going on around the building so even if you've been before, you never know what botanical secrets you might uncover! For announcements on tour times and bookings, keep an eye on the APH website.

As well as these ideas, its almost impossible not to stumble across blossom laden, flower-filled parks and gardens around Canberra throughout spring so get inspired, get out and enjoy this beautiful season in Canberra!
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Why? If you want to spring into spring in the capital
When: September to November annually
Where: Various locations around Canberra
Cost: Varies per event
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