Commonwealth Park wraps around the northern side of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, and is home to a monster-sized fort complete with slides and tunnels for the kiddies.
In continual development since the 1960s from an original design by Dame Sylvia Crowe, it houses play areas, paddling pools, waterfalls, an amphitheatre, and generous bike and hiking trails.
It also hosts Canberra’s annual spring festival, Floriade (September/October). The best place to start a visit to this festival of flowers and fun is on the giant 35 metre-high Ferris wheel. It provides an excellent perspective of the sprawling extent of the floral display, and you’ll be even able to spot the farm petting area and kids corner.
A recent addition to Floriade is Nightfest, which transforms the park is into an illuminated wonderland of blooms and entertainment. Nightfest features family-friendly movies on the big screen (don’t forget your jacket), roving entertainers (including acrobatics), night markets, and a dedicated kids area.
(by Tim the Yowie Man)