The Enlighten Festival returns to Canberra from Friday 28 February to Sunday 15 March 2020. This includes:
Enlighten Illuminations and Canberra Night Noodle Markets – Friday 28 February – Monday 9 March
Canberra Balloon Spectacular – Saturday 7 – Sunday 15 March
Canberra Day – Monday 9 March
Lights!Canberra!Action! – Friday 6 March
Symphony in the Park – Sunday 8 March
Hit 104.7 Skyfire – Saturday 14 March
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.
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.
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.com/balloons, Facebook, Twitter, 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:
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.