Getting To Enlighten Festival

Held in the National Triangle and across the city,  the Enlighten Festival will bring culture and creativity from 4 – 20 March.

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 transport.act.gov.au.

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 4-14 March.

This shuttle will run every day from 4 -14 March, stopping at the following places:

Shuttle Stops

  1. Special Event Bus Stop 101 (Sydney Building on London Circuit)
  2. Canberra Centre Petrie Street (crossing area)
  3. Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit (Civic Square layover)
  4. National Library King Edward Terrace TC bus stop
  5. Special Event Bus Stop 101 (Sydney Building on London Circuit)

Friday & Saturday – 4th, 5th, 11th 12th March:
First service: 5.00pm
Last service: Departs Enlighten (King Edward Terrace) at 11.15pm. Terminates at Canberra Centre 11.30pm

Sunday 6 March – Thursday 10 March:
First service: 5.00pm
Last service: Departs Enlighten (King Edward Terrace) at 9.45pm. Terminates at Canberra Centre 10.00pm

Sunday 13 March – Monday 14 March:
First service: 5.00pm
Last service: Departs Enlighten (King Edward Terrace) at 9.45pm. Terminates at Canberra Centre 10.00pm


Vision impaired

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

National Triangle

Parking within the National Triangle is limited. A map displaying car park spaces within the National Triangle is available here.

Please ensure that where you have parked is a valid spot and you have checked if you need to purchase a ticket. The National Capital Authority will be enforcing parking regulations for the duration of this event, and attendees should ensure they park legally to avoid the risk of an infringement being issued to their vehicle.

After 5pm there are various free public car parks throughout the National Triangle. There is also parking at each of the participating National Attractions. On weekdays and weekends the public car parks within the Parliamentary Triangle will operate under normal conditions.

Due to traffic congestion during the event it is recommended that patrons avoid parking in the National Library of Australia carparks. Please note the large car park at Questacon will not be accessible from 5pm onwards.

Commonwealth Park

There is limited parking available at Regatta Point. We recommend parking at the CIT Reid, National Convention Centre or City Hill (off London Circuit) car parks and then walking across the pedestrian bridge over Parkes Way.

A map displaying car park spaces surrounding Commonwealth Park is available here.

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.

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 Parliamentary Triangle is available here.

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

During Enlighten Festival, there will be a No Ride Zone within the Parliamentary Triangle. The No Ride Zone will be in effect from 5pm on Friday 4 March and end at midnight Monday 14 March 2022. This is in the interest of public safety. Beam and Neuron users will be notified of parking location changes via the Beam and Neuron App.

Parking will be available in the following locations around the Enlighten Festival precinct:

The National Triangle is located in one of the most picturesque parts of the city. Consider parking in the city or along Lake Burley Griffin and walking or riding to the festival. Bike racks are available.

Existing taxi ranks on Parkes Place East and West will operate as normal.

Getting to Canberra

The drive to Canberra is easy and scenic. There are plenty of places along the way to rest, refuel and revive. From Sydney the trip is only a 3.5-hour drive down the Federal Highway.

Countrylink trains operate daily from Sydney and V/Line runs from Melbourne to Yass with a combined train and coach service daily. Coach services run throughout the day from Sydney and Melbourne, with hourly departures on the Murrays Coaches from Sydney to Canberra.

Qantas,Virgin AustraliaLink Airways and Fly Pelican offer flights to and from cities in Australia.

Once here, you’ll discover the ease of getting around our planned city. Take a public bus, the light rail, a taxi, Uber or a tour, and you can be on the other side of Canberra in 40 minutes. Alternatively, drive yourself around. Traffic flows easily – even our roundabouts are easy to negotiate. Canberra has an enviable network of cycle and walking paths. Discover our national attractions and many of our best features on a self-guided walking tour or hire a bike from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and be refreshed with a ride.

While you are here, we want you to enjoy everything that our region has to offer. However, please remember that there are restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Do not travel if you are unwell. 

Before travelling, check the latest travel advice or check the ACT Health Facebook page for up to date information.

Visiting a Canberra venue? Download the Check in CBR app and scan the QR code at participating venues where the Check in CBR app poster is displayed. The app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for customers to sign into Canberra venues and assist ACT Health with faster contact tracing.