Floriade is an annual flower show held in Commonwealth Park in Canberra. With over one million flowers, it is Australia’s largest celebration of Spring. This year’s theme is Reflection and there is a great display where for a gold coin donation to the RSL, you can put a poppy on a wall to honour our servicemen and women.
As a free event, it is a great day out for the family. It is extremely kid friendly with a section dedicated to the kids. There is face painting, a reptiles display, petting area, craft area and more. Plus, as you enter, volunteers hand out wristbands to write the parent’s phone number in in case a child wanders off. My husband went a step further this year and wrote his mobile number with a sharpie on my daughter’s arm. Fortunately, after a good scrub, the texta came off.
This was our second year going to Floriade and we found it even better this year. The flowers are amazing and the entertainment provided kept my daughter dancing and happy. We packed a picnic this year and sat under the trees on the stage lawns. Last year, since we didn’t know we could bring our own food, we ended going to the food stalls and spent a small fortune feeding the family.
Floriade is also wheelchair accessible. As there are a lot of dirt paths, unless your wheelchair has some good suspension, it may not be the smoothest of rides to see all the flowers. Nonetheless, therefore still plenty of paved paths to navigate around the event and plenty of accessible parking near the Regatta Point entrance.
Floriade is a well organised event with plenty of volunteers to help and answer questions. I highly recommend it and plan to go again before it finishes on 11 October.