Getting to Enlighten Festival

Held in the Parliamentary Triangle, the Enlighten Festival will bring culture and creativity from 28 February – 15 March.

The Enlighten Illuminations, Canberra Night Noodle Markets, Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Lights! Canberra! Action! and Canberra Day will be lighting up the precinct, which you will be able to access through a range of transport options.

Public Transport

Consider leaving the car at home, or somewhere close by and completing your journey to Commonwealth Park with Transport Canberra. Plan your journey today by visiting

Shuttle Bus

Two free shuttle buses will operate 28-29 February & 6-7 March to help visitors move between the city, Russell carparks and the Enlighten Illuminations in the Parliamentary Triangle.

The first shuttle bus will operate on loop 5pm – 6pm. Hop on and off at the following stops:
• Platform 2, East Row
• Platform 10, Northbourne Avenue
• 120 Commonwealth Avenue
• 1 Langton Crescent
• Commonwealth Park, Commonwealth Avenue
• London Circuit

The second shuttle bus will operate on loop 6pm-11:30pm, with the last departure from the Enlighten Illuminations at 11:30pm. Hop on and off at the following stops:
• Russell Offices
• Constitution Avenue
• Walpole Crescent
• Kings Avenue


Parking is limited. 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. Paid parking applies on business days from 8.30am.

After 5pm there are various free public car parks throughout the Parliamentary Triangle. There is also parking at each of the participating 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. Please note the large car park at Questacon will not be accessible from 5pm onwards.

Free accessible parking is available at most public car parks and Enlighten Illuminations’ participating attraction car parks. Parking is limited and vehicles must display an authorised Accessible parking permit.
Additional accessible parking has been put in place in the car park at the National Library of Australia.

Walking or biking

The Parliamentary 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.