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Canberra blossoms each spring with Floriade, Australia's
biggest flower festival. Thousands upon thousands of blooms
cascade down the slopes of Canberra's Commonwealth Park
and into the tranquil waters of Lake Burley Griffin. The vibrant
blooms stand out against brilliant blue skies and the glistening,
modern structures for which Canberra's cityscape is famous.
Now in its 17th year, Floriade, with its 1.27 million blooms,
funky live music and quirky art and craft, is a good reason to visit
the region, especially if you missed out on the pleasures of
Canberra in autumn. The flowers will be flowing, rippling,
gushing and crashing this year as they bloom en mass to create
a water wonderland complete with oceans, cascades, rivers and
under water creatures in keeping with this years theme -- The
Wonder of Water. The Floriade Village will again be the thriving
heart of the event with entertainment, scarecrows, food stalls
and the Craftman's Corner where you can pick up some unique
Australian made art, crafts, food produce and gifts.
And while you are relishing strolling through a horticulturist's
heaven, don't forget the other attractions of Canberra. Old
Parliament House, The National Gallery of Australia, Australian
War Memorial, National Museum of Australia and the National
Library of Australia are currently offering fabulous exhibitions. If
you're feeling a little more adventurous, hand feed tigers at the
National Zoo and Aquarium, and then feed yourself at one of the
many award-winning restaurants in town.
Adelaide chef Janet Jeffs moved to the Australian Capital
Territory in 1995, and ever since Canberra's dining scene has
developed an innovative edge, attracting critical praise and
enthusiastic diners. Her latest venture, the Ginger Room, is an
upmarket French Vietnamese restaurant in the beautifully
restored Old Parliament House's members' bar. Create your
own fresh, mouthwatering fusion meal, and after wards, visit any
of the 33 wineries spread around Canberra, most within a 30
minute drive from the city centre.
Where else can you enjoy flowers and flavours in one
fabulous weekend, or longer. Linger this spring in Canberra.
THE BEST WAY TO FAREWELL WINTER IS TO
HEAD FOR CANBERRA WHERE YOU WILL BE
GREETED BY THE SHEER MASS OF COLOUR
THAT IS FLORIADE. A LOTL PREVIEW.
Floriade, September 18 to October 17, Commonwealth Park, free.
www.floriadeaustralia.com For more information on Canberra in
spring, visit www.visitcanberra.com or call 1300 554 114 for a free
copy of the 2004 Holiday Planner and Spring Brochure.
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Floriade, Commonwealth Park
Belconnen and Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets
National Zoo and Aquarium to hand feed tigers, lions
Hot air ballooning at dawn
Bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin
Old Bus Depot Markets for local art, craft, jewellery
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