FAQs

Enlighten Festival

Enlighten Festival 2021 will be held from 26 February to 14 March. Keep an eye on the website for event details, which will continue to be based on advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and relevant public health restrictions.

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.

It is an offence under the National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 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, footpaths and landscaped areas.

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.

Attendees are invited to use the Parliament House car park free of charge. They will also have access to the numerous Parliamentary triangle car parks. The NCA parking conditions will be enforced by the NCA and Events ACT will take no responsibility for issued infringements.

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.

Yes, please visit Transport Canberra.

Two free shuttle buses will operate 28-29 Feb & 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

5:00pm – Midnight
Mall Road West (Questacon Bus Loop) is closed with Traffic Marshall in place to assist permit holders only exit along this road.

6:00pm – Midnight
King George Terrace closed between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West
King Edward Terrace closed between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West
National Library of Australia internal loop road (one-way section), closed
Queen Elizabeth Terrace between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West, closed

Parkes Place West is closed north of King Edward Terrace, access to National Library of Australia car park only. All other vehicles utilising this road to access the Questacon carparks will require a parking permit or accessible parking pass, and will go through a Traffic Marshall
Parliament Square at Queen Victoria Terrace, closed

Existing taxi ranks on Parkes Place East and the National Gallery of Australia will operate as normal.

Tickets are available from Ticketek.

A First Aid station will be based at the BBQ area in front of Questacon. These stations will be used as a walk by facility and treatment space for minor first aid incidents. Mobile first aid teams will also be roving each event site. First Aid officers will be available on site between 5pm – 11.30pm each evening.

All lost property enquiries are handled by the friendly staff at our the Information marquee, just near Questacon and the entry to the Night Noodle Markets. If you find something, or you have lost an item, please see the staff at Information. Contact events@act.gov.au outside of event hours.

No. The Canberra Night Noodle Markets take card only.

Most of the stall holders and food vendors take both cash and card for purchases. For the small number that are cash only, there are ATM machines available in Enlighten Alley for you to top up.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Hot air balloons look magical as they float up into the sky, however behind the scenes there is a lot of tricky weather predicting science that makes each flight possible. Hot air balloons are highly weather dependent and that day’s flights may be delayed or cancelled if weather conditions are considered unsafe for flying.

Daily announcements detailing flight times or cancellations are made from 6:15am each day of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular (7-15 March). Look for our updates on enlightencanberra.comFacebookTwitter, or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

The safety of pilots, crew and passengers is paramount and the whole Enlighten Festival team wants to thank you for understanding on days which experience cancellations.

On days where flights are cancelled visitors with flights booked should contact their booking agency directly.

Set your alarms early folks. An announcement about whether the weather will allow the hot air balloons to fly is made from 6:15am each day. The hot air balloon pilots will then take to the lawns of Old Parliament House to inflate their crafts, which typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the size of the balloon. The majority of balloons will have launched by 7:30am.

If you didn’t post about it on Instagram did it even happen? Make sure you bring your camera to capture all the stunning balloons so you don’t have to ponder this philosophical question. We also recommend you bring:

  • Cash to enjoy a hot brekkie as the balloons take to the sky. We’ve got you covered with an ATM on site as well.
  • Keep cups – because Canberrans love their coffee as much as they love the environment
  • Warm clothing – while the air inside the balloons is hot (hence the name hot air balloons), Canberra mornings can be chilly.

Experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise with Canberra’s most experienced hot air balloon operators. This unforgettable experience will leave you with a lifetime of memories to share with family and friends. 

To book a balloon flight and get the best view in town of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, please contact:

Balloon Aloft

Phone: 02 6249 8660
Email: info@balloonaloftcanberra.com.au
Online: balloonaloftcanberra.com.au

Dawn Drifters

Phone: 02 6248 8200
Email: sales@dawndrifters.com.au

Whilst we love our four-legged friends this popular event has large crowds and noisy burners, which pets may find stressful. We recommend letting your dog sleep in and leaving them at home for this event.

Parking in the Parliamentary Triangle is the best option for those driving to this event. There are lots of carparks to choose from, but where ever you park make sure that it 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.

All attendees should be aware that it is an offence under the National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 to park a vehicle on open space in the area where the Canberra Balloon Spectacular is being held. Open space is any area that is not designed for the movement or parking of motor vehicles, such as grassed areas, footpaths and landscaped areas.

We want everyone to have a great time at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular so here are a few words of wisdom to make your visit safe and enjoyable:

  • If a balloon is launching or landing near you, stand clear and not in front of where the balloon is heading.
  • Walk around, not over, ropes.
  • Ensure young children are supervised at all times.
  • Follow instructions issued by pilots, crew and any ground event staff.
  • Do not smoke near the balloons. Highly flammable propane gas is used in the inflation process.
  • If you are driving while balloons are overhead, please watch the road and not the balloons.  Alternatively, please pull over and stop in a safe place.
  • Pets can be frightened by the balloons and noise of the gas burners. Be mindful of this if the balloons are overhead and take necessary precautions.
  • This event is a glass and drone free event.

Lights! Canberra! Action!

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.

Lights! Canberra! Action! Is a licensed event and you’ll be able to grab a drink at the BentSpoke Bar. BYO is not permitted.

Capital Woodfired Pizza, Pure Gelato and BentSpoke Brewery will be available at the event.

Symphony in the 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) carparks and then walking across the pedestrian bridge over Parkes Way.

Yes, the last R4 bus will be running from Commonwealth Avenue at 9.30pm northbound into Civic. The last R4 bus heading south will pass at 9.35pm. You can view public transport options here.

Yes, you are welcome to BYO. However, glass is not permitted at the event.

Canberra Day

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 10am to midnight.

It is an offence under the National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 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, footpaths and landscaped areas.

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.

10am – Midnight
Mall Road West (Questacon Bus Loop) is closed with Traffic Marshall in place to assist permit holders only exit along this road.

10am – Midnight
King George Terrace closed between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West
King Edward Terrace closed between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West
National Library of Australia internal loop road (one-way section), closed
Queen Elizabeth Terrace between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West, closed
Parkes Place West is closed north of King Edward Terrace, access to National Library of Australia car park only. All other vehicles utilising this road to access the Questacon carparks will require a parking permit, and will go through a Traffic Marshall
Parliament Square at Queen Victoria Terrace, closed

Canberra Day s a licensed event and you’ll be able to grab a drink at the BentSpoke Bar. BYO is not permitted.