With more than 400,000 people from all over the world flocking to Canberra from Saturday the 12th of September to Sunday the 11th of October it can only mean one thing that Australia’s biggest celebration of spring has arrived. The iconic Floriade event is favoured by thousands and it’s easy to see why. Showcasing one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park & with entry being free it’s one event not to be missed.

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Here at Canberra Short Term and Holiday Accommodation we know a thing or two about Floriade and as we love to help our valued guests make the most of events as big as this, we like to provide some helpful tips and information to make your stay that more enjoyable.

As we are conveniently located at 47 McMillian Crescent with two bus stops on your doorstep taking advantage of public transport is a great way to access Floriade without having to worry about the hassle of finding and paying for a car parking space. The Action bus service allows for our guests to hop on at Canberra Avenue and swiftly arrive to the Commonwealth Park for a small fee. Below is some helpful bus information that may make things a little easier.

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Weekday: ACTION’s Blue Rapid 300 series (300, 312, 313, 314, 315, 318 and 319) depart all bus stations every 5 minutes (between 7am and 7pm) and services the bus stop on Commonwealth Avenue. Other weekday services that access the bus stop on Commonwealth Avenue include 2, 3, and 6.

Weekend: ACTION’s Blue Rapid, route 900, departs all Bus Stations every 15 minutes and services the bus stop on Commonwealth Avenue.
Other weekend services that access the bus stop on Commonwealth Avenue include 932, 934 and 935.

For timetable information ring ACTION’s Customer Service Centre on 13 17 10 or visit action.act.gov.au

Alternatively you may want to take advantage of the free shuttle bus service that is provided to the Canberra public when accessing Floriade please take note of the pickup and drop off points so as your trip runs that bit smoother.

Frequency: 45 minute rotations, 7 days per week

Hours of operation: 9am to 5pm

Pick up locations: Petrie Street – Canberra Centre-Northbourne Avenue – Sydney Building-Regatta Point – Floriade-London Circuit – cnr Edinburg Ave-London Circuit – cnr University Ave

Drop off location: Regatta Point Gate

If buses are not for you take down Canberra’s local taxi numbers to get to Floriade that bit quicker. Call Cabxpress: 6260 6011 or Canberra:Cabs 13 22 27 and make sure to get dropped off at the Regatta Point entry.1. PHOTOSHOP_Canbhol_Rooms_1Bd_Griffith-1

At Canberra Short Term and Holiday Accommodation we like to make things as enjoyable as we can for our guests. All our units are fully equipped with a range of appliances and utensils offering further cost savings by also supplying cleaning products. Why not prepare and pack meals in our fully self-catering kitchen to enjoy in the beautiful surrounds of Commonwealth Park saving money and time with no queuing or fussing. Accessing our complimentary Wi-Fi in the Foyer or Studio Unit will also allow for any last minute planning or searching for events, locations and timetables. 


As the day turns to evening and the sun goes down over Commonwealth Park be sure not to miss the spectacular event that is Nightfest. This hugely popular attraction offers visitors a different kind of Floriade experience. Nightfest is full of discovery with lighting designs, roving performers, bustling night markets and a fantastic line up of entertainers. Opening from 6:30pm in the evening to 10:30pm and running from the 23rd of September to the 27th marking this date in your diary and book ahead to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

On the way back to Canberra Short Term and Holiday accommodation taking advantage of our excellent location provides our guests with the opportunity to stop into Manuka and sample some of the finest restaurants that Canberra has to offer. If it’s just a late night warm drink you’re after or some beautiful treats heading down to the Kingston Foreshore will also give you the opportunity to discuss the day’s events while looking onto the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.

Staying here, getting there and seeing everywhere is that much easier with Canberra Short Term and Holiday Accommodation. Don’t forget to click onto our bookings page https://www.thebookingbutton.com.au/properties/CANBHOLDIRECT and entering in our promo code Flower-101 so you don’t miss out on your 5% Floriade discount.



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