Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Canberra’s must-see events from September 2016 to March 2017

There’s a lot to love about Canberra – from award-winning restaurants and a multitude of galleries and museums to a jam-packed calendar of annual events and endless natural attractions just waiting to be explored. Launching on 20 September, Singapore Airlines’ direct flight will make it possible to reach the Australian capital in just eight hours and experience all that Canberra has to offer.

Australia’s capital celebrates the arrival of the warmer weather with glorious spring blossoms and vivid blue skies in September, while summer starts to heat up in December with bright, sunny days and clear, moonlit nights.

Canberra’s beautiful spring and summer months set the stage for picture-perfect outdoor events including:

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Commonwealth Park, Canberra
17 September to 16 October 2016 

Each year close to 500,000 people pass through the gates of Commonwealth Park alongside Lake Burley Griffin to witness this month-long spring flower festival. More than one million spring blooms are complimented by an entertainment program including music, workshops and roving entertainment. The night time ticketed event, Floriade NightFest, offers a different take on the event with the floral beds lit up for five nights only, accompanied by a program of comedy, music and theatre.

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National Museum of Australia 
9 September 2016 to 29 January 2017

The National Museum of Australia is bringing 100 iconic objects from the British Museum’s encyclopaedic collection to Canberra. The objects explore human history from two million years ago to the present day. Canberra will be the only place in Australia to see this extraordinary collection. Ticket prices apply.

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National Gallery of Australia
9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017

For the first time in Australia, audiences will see more than 100 masterpieces from some of the greatest artists of the 17 th and 18 th Centuries as part of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace at the National Gallery of Australia. Nearly all of these works have never left France before and many have been specially-conserved for this exhibition. Highlights include the marble bust of Louis XIV, Marie- Antoinette’s porcelain and the Gobelins tapestries. A$27 adults; children under 16 free.

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Various venues across Canberra
25 February to 12 March 2017

Canberra’s rich cultural attractions that hold the treasures of Australia come alive with late night openings, spectacular architectural projections and an extensive program of after-dark events. The city comes to life at night with live music, surprising performances, unexpected happenings and the delicious Night Noodle Markets.

Lawns of Old Parliament House
11-19 March 2017

See a stunning array of hot air balloons of all colours and novelty shapes inflate at dawn and slowly drift over Canberra’s iconic national attractions during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Catch the action on the ground with live music and breakfast. You can also book a balloon flight and take part in the spectacle.

Canberra is an eight-hour flight away from Singapore. From September 20, Singapore Airlines will commence direct flights between Canberra and Singapore four times a week. Contact your travel agent for more details or visit For more information about Canberra go to

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  1. We attended an event here this past Sunday & had an awesome experience from beginning to end. They served great food at event space San Francisco and the salad I had for dinner was delicious. The service also was impeccable.