Enlighten Festival is committed to reducing barriers and delivering an event that is accessible and inclusive.

We would like your visit to Enlighten Festival to be an enjoyable experience. Enlighten Festival is accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and strollers, and will offer the following services:

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair, mobility scooter and stroller hire from the Mobility Marquee for use on-site
  • Changing Places pod

An Accessibility and Inclusion map will be provided soon.

In addition to the accessible parking on-site, you can get to Enlighten Festival by public transport and by the Enlighten shuttle bus. The buses are all wheelchair accessible. 

Plan your Enlighten Festival trip before you arrive

To help you find your way around the Enlighten Festival, we will be putting together an accessible site map.

Accessible parking if attending events after 5pm:

There is a dedicated accessible car park located behind Questacon. You will be required to show your valid Accessible Parking Permit to security to gain access through the road closures.

Free accessible parking is available in most public car parks and Enlighten Illuminations participating attractions car parks. Parking is limited and vehicles must display an authorised Accessible Parking Permit.

A map of displaying accessible car park spaces within the National Triangle will be provided soon.

Accessible parking for the Canberra Balloon Spectacular:

If attending the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, free accessible parking is available in most public car parks and Enlighten Illuminations participating attractions car parks. Parking is limited and vehicles must display an authorised Accessible Parking Permit.

Car parks closest to Patrick White Lawns include the car parks at the National Library of Australia, Questacon: the National Science and Technology Centre and the Treasury Building.

We recommend arriving early to secure a car park close to Patrick White Lawns.

Consider leaving the car at home, or somewhere close by and completing your journey to the Enlighten Festival with Transport Canberra. Plan your journey today by visiting The buses are all wheelchair accessible. 

To make it even easier to move around the Enlighten Festival locations throughout the city and the National Triangle, a free Shuttle Bus will operate from 1-11 March.

This shuttle will run every day from 1-11 March on a 30 minute loop, stopping at the following places:

Shuttle Stops 

  • Start: 
  • Constitution Avenue (civic pool) – Stop ID 3035 
  • London Circuit (Legislative Assembly/Theatre) – Stop ID 3356  
  • East Row/Mort Street (Interchange) – Platform 5, Stop ID 3410 
  • Ainslie Pl (Canberra Centre main entrance) – Stop ID 3052 
  • Parkes Pl East/ King Edward Tce (Enlighten Entry) – Stop ID 3261 
  • Return

Each Night: 

First service departs at Constitution Avenue / Civic Pool – 5:00pm 

Last Service departs Parkes Place East and King Edward Terrace Stop – 11:15 pm (to get to Canberra Centre for 11:30pm) 

Shuttle Stops

The buses are all wheelchair accessible. 

Vision Impaired

Vision impaired customers can use hailing kit ID ‘E1’ to signal the Enlighten shuttle service.

A limited number of wheelchairs, walking frames, electric mobility scooters and strollers will be available for hire on site from the Mobility Marquee.

For mobility hire and booking enquiries, please email or send a text message to 0403 242 584. To secure your booking please reserve in advance. On the day bookings will only be available via text message.

Cash or EFTPOS payments are required on collection.

Equipment will be available for collection at 6.00pm each evening and are due back no later than 11.00pm. Bookings will only be held for 15 minutes so please ensure you collect your hire on time.

Equipment Hire & Pricing (Please note: no refunds will be given for early returns)

  • Scooters: 5 hours – $40, 2.5 hours – $20
  • Powerchairs: 5 hours – $40, 2.5 hours – $20
  • Wheelchairs: 5 hours – $25, 2.5 hours – $15
  • Walkers: 5 hours – $12, 2.5 hours – $8
  • Strollers: 5 hours – $10, 2.5 hours – $5

A dedicated accessible bathroom will be available on-site for patrons with an MLA Key. This dedicated facility will include:

  • shower facilities
  • height adjustable adult-sized change table
  • ceiling track hoist system
  • automatic door with a clear opening

Please note ONLY patrons with an MLA Key will be able to access this facility. Additional accessible toilets will be available on-site for other patrons.

For more information please see Changing Places.

For more information on how to obtain an MLA Key please see Master Locksmiths Access Key.