Our nation’s capital is one of our best-kept secrets. With boundless beauty and ceaseless scenery, Canberra is truly so much more than just politicians and a man-made lake! With so many things to see and do, it’s difficult to find the time to experience it all in Australia’s Capital Territory, but on the list of must-see events is the annual festival, the Floriade.
Now in its 29th year, Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring is held annually from September until October and it showcases one million flowers in bloom in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park. As well as the glorious flowers by day, for five exciting nights, the park comes alive with Floriade NightFest with roving entertainment, night markets and live music acts.
Welcoming 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors each year, Floriade, situated near the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, has become a wonderful month-long festival of music, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, art exhibitions and entertainment.
Although the Floriade has grown since its inaugural bloom in 1988 to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th birthday, it has always been a stunning floral display of the bulbs and annuals that grow so well in Canberra’s unique climate.
This year, the Floriade will run between 17 September and 16 October, and Victor Travel are offering an eight day coach tour for you to see some of the picturesque landscape between South Australia and Canberra, and spend some time experiencing the attractions A.C.T has to offer, including a visit to the famed Floriade.
With stops along the way, including the beautiful, agricultural western Riverina town of Hay in NSW and the historic, military town of Wagga Wagga, Victor Tours host a beautiful and cultural seniors coach tour experience.
Once the coach arrives in Canberra on the third day, you are set to explore the sights with the group. You’ll admire the views from Mt Ainslie and peruse the National Museum of Australia, before visiting the Tulip Top Gardens. The Australian War Memorial is one of the most poignant tourist destinations in the country and the last stop on day three of the coach tour. The memorial commemorates the sacrifice of men and women who have died in war. Wander through the Hall of Memory, stop for pause at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Pool of Reflection, and view the Roll of Honour, which lists the names of over 102,000 Australian servicemen and women who have died in war. The tour will stay to hear the Last Post and closing ceremony.
On the fourth day, the coach will drive through Embassy Row and The Lodge, where you can wave to the Prime Minister, if he’s home; and if not, he may be at Parliament House, which is the next stop! Then it’s off to the Floriade where there is plenty of time to drink in the beauty, perfume and colour of the festival of flowers.
On the way home, the tour will venture through the gorgeous coastal town of Eden, before heading to Lakes Entrance. Along the way the group will be seeing some fascinating history and historical landmarks. Then it’s off through Victoria where you’ll visit The Morwell Rose Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.
A delightfully scenic, festively floral and poignantly historical tour, the eight-day coach tour, featuring Canberra’s Spring festival, the Floriade, is one not to be missed.