Australia’s Best Spring Series Part I – Sydney & Canberra

Spring begins from September till November in Australia. A season known as THE welcome party to summer, the Australian Spring offers beautiful weather with the occasional rain peppering the months. And of course, as with all post-hibernation, gardens and faunas come alive and begin blossoming enchantingly across the country – there’s no better place to enjoy this than in Sydney and Canberra!

If you’re wondering where to go and what to do in Spring in Australia, we’ve highlighted in this first of a three-part series two of the eight amazing states you’ll definitely want to be in!

 

SYDNEY

1) Enjoy the flora & fauna at Tulip Festival

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From 15 – 27 September, it’s Tulip Time! As one of Australia’s oldest and leading floral festivals (55 years and counting!), the two-week festival promises a thoroughly fun family time! Enjoy the beautiful tulips, fascinating stalls, music and entertainment in Corbett Gardens, with street parades and markets as well as children’s activities. The perfect family event to be at this September!

2) Garden hop with a glass of wine in hand

Hunter Valley Gardens is one of the best places to be in spring – over 60 acres of spectacular international display gardens that will amaze you with sensational sights, colours, fragrances and adventures! Experience each of the themed gardens over 8 kilometres of walking paths and enjoy the sights and atmosphere you won’t see elsewhere in Australia! It’s truly amazing!

If you’re looking for flora and fauna, The Spring Festival of Flowers is an amazing attraction that will overload your sensory experience with memorable moments and many picturesque opportunities you won’t want to miss! There are over 100,000 annuals planted throughout Hunter Valley Gardens along with fabulous entertainment, activities, attractions, demonstrations, talks, tours and workshops – so come prepared to do lots of photo taking!

And while you’re there, remember to visit their breweries, vineyards and distilleries – a trip to hunter valley without enjoying great wines and beers isn’t a complete holiday!

3) Highest garden in Australia

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The spectacular Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is the highest garden in Australia, located in the stunning surrounds of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area! At 1000 metres above sea level, this vast garden (all 252 hectares of it!) is only 1.5 hours drive from Sydney and offers a fantastic view of the horizon. The garden features a plethora of plants from the southern hemisphere and you get to appreciate the various plan types from different regions.

Because of its natural setting, Mount Tomah provides habitat for an array of marsupials, reptiles and birds. There are over 150 native species of birds (bring your binoculars and look out for including the satin bower bird, eastern whip bird, superb fairy wren, superb lyrebird, and many more!). You may also catch the brush-tailed and ring-tailed possums, sugar gliders and greater gliders, or even a glimpse of a diamond python or eastern tiger snake!

CANBERRA

1) Family fun at the Floriade Festival

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The Canberra’s Floraide is an annual flower festival that has always drawn huge crowds (about 400,000!) – not many can resist the beautiful blooms and pleasing scents and sights that surrounds the festival. Usually held in mid-September, the month-long festival is an amazing showcase that is differently themed each year.

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This iconic Canberra event returns from Saturday 12 September until Sunday 11 October 2015. Catch the sight of one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park! Entry is free!

2) Nightlife and family entertainment at the NightFest

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When evening comes, enjoy the sights and sounds of Floriade NightFest where Commonwealth Park comes to life after dark. Be entertained by live music acts, renowned comedians, cutting edge DJs, night markets and roving entertainment over five incredible nights at NightFest 2015 from 23 – 27 September!

There’s something for everyone in spring here in Sydney & Canberra. You’re bound to enjoy entertainment, culture, sights and sounds you’ve never seen before, and there’ll definitely be something that will entice and enchant you. It’s a magical time of the year where new beginnings are celebrated. We’ve introduced two beautiful states that’ll bloom in spring – look out for Part 2 of our series on other states to be at!

(Featured image copyright: Southern-Highlands.com.au)

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