Weather was not great! From warm Spring temperatures a few days before, it had zoomed backward to winter - cold - windy - rainy. Still we ventured out into it, after all this is what we'd come for - to experience Floriade 2011, an annual Spring event in our Capital, Canberra.
We had been fortunate indeed to secure an overnight accommodation booking so our first port of call on arrival in Canberra was to check the whereabouts and get keys and address of our apartment. We were surprised and delighted to find it was in a security block, and very new. Beautifully appointed close to all tourist attractions Canberra offers, it was all we could have hoped for. After surfing the net for over an hour and almost giving up hope of finding anything under $400 per night available, this was amazing!
Wrapped up in winter woollies and armed with camera we joined the thousands of people all heading for Commonwealth Park. It didn't disappoint. The colours, sights, smells were all we'd imagined. For the most part we stayed dry - the one huge downpour struck just as we entered a huge marquee where we sat and enjoyed a cooking demonstration for the time it took for the rain to stop. Fortuitous indeed!
So many photos taken, which to choose? Just a few of the amazing colours we saw!