If you are planning on visiting please be aware there is limited parking available at Acton Park.

Many other parking choices are available to visitors. These include the Parliamentary Triangle, London Circuit, Canberra Centre, National Convention Centre and Canberra Institute of Technology car parks. All these car parks are just a short walk from Floriade.

Where parking fees do apply, they can be paid using the Parkmobile app, credit cards or coins.

National Convention Centre Canberra – weekday parking discount

The National Convention Centre Canberra is offering discounted weekday parking, priced at $12 to Floriade attendees. To access this special weekday rate, visitors to Floriade must;

  1. Park at National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC)
  2. Visitor must validate/pay for ticket at NCCC Reception (Ground Floor level), PRIOR to walking across the Parkes Way Bridge to Floriade
  3. Exit ticket issued at Reception
  4. Visitor walks to Floriade across Parkes Way footbridge
  5. Floriade visitors must exit NCCC car park before 5pm. The National Convention Centre Canberra Reception is open 9am–5pm ONLY.

Please note:

If visitors lose their ticket prior to 5pm, they must pay at pay Station using “Lost ticket” button option at full price.

The National Convention Centre Canberra Reception is open 9am–5pm ONLY, and the weekday discount applies ONLY during these hours.

Parking at the National Convention Centre Canberra is a flat rate of $6 per day on Saturday and Sunday.

parking map 2017

Parking Inspectors from the National Capital Authority and the ACT Government will be patrolling the areas and parking infringement notices will be issued to illegally parked vehicles.

Visitors to Floriade need to park legally to avoid the risk of an infringement being issued to their vehicle.

Parking Inspectors play a crucial role in ensuring public safety around major events. They help to ensure that our road rules are followed, and where necessary are enforced. Parking illegally can be an inconvenience for others and in some cases can be dangerous for other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

It is an offence to park a vehicle on open space. Open space is any area that is not designed for the movement or parking of motor vehicles, such as grassed areas, nature strips, footpaths, road verges and landscaped areas.  Signs are in place advising motorists not to park on these areas.

Accessible Parking

Free parking for people with limited mobility is available adjacent to the Regatta Point entry (access off Commonwealth Avenue). Parking is limited and vehicles must display an authorised disability permit. Please note, on weekends and public holidays the Regatta Point car park will be closed to the public allowing visitors with a valid accessible parking passes to park here.

Alternative Transport to get to Floriade

Visitors to Floriade are encouraged to make use of the many other transport alternatives to get to Floriade hassle free.

A great alternative is to make use of the free Canberra Centre to Floriade Shuttle Service. The shuttle service is a free City to Floriade shuttle and provides transport from the city to the front gates. It runs every day during Floriade, departing from the Canberra Centre in a 45 minute loop. The Floriade Shuttle service will operate at the below timetable, each day from the 16th of September to the 15th of October.

Canberra Centre – Petrie Street Mercure Canberra – Ainslie Avenue Sydney Building – Northbourne Avenue Floriade – Regatta Point Melbourne Building – Northbourne Avenue
10.00am 10.05am 10.10am 10.15am 10.25am
10.45am 10.50am 10.55am 11.00am 11.10pm
11.30am 11.35am 11.40am 11.45am 11.55am
12.15pm 12.20pm 12.25pm 12.30pm 12.40pm
1.00pm 1.05pm 1.10pm 1.15pm 1.25pm
1.45pm 1.50pm 1.55pm 2.00pm 2.10pm
2.30pm 2.35pm 2.40pm 2.45pm 2.55pm
3.15pm 3.20pm 3.25pm 3.30pm 3.40pm
4.00pm 4.05pm 4.10pm 4.15pm 4.25pm
4.45pm 4.50pm 4.55pm 5.00pm 5.10pm
5.30pm 5.35pm 5.40pm 5.45pm 5.55pm *Last route of day
6.00pm END


Other alternatives include catching a Transport Canberra bus, using ACT Park and Ride or Explorer Bus, catching a taxi, riding, walking from the city across the Parkes Way overpass.

More information about transport alternatives can be found in How to get here.