Stay, sip and snack
2-17 March

Pretzels & Podium Bars at Bookplate

Watching the lights reflect off the lake is made even more enjoyable with a tasty snack in hand – like a giant pretzel! But don’t worry about these pretzels making you thirsty, BOOKPLATE has you covered with podium bars serving a variety of beverages.

Complete with live podium performers, it’s an essential stop on your Enlighten journey.


Friday 2 and 9 March
6.30pm – 10pm


Free entry

Breakfast Aloft

The sight of balloons launching over Lake Burley Griffin in the early morning is truly one of the postcard images of Canberra. Don’t wait for the mail though, see it in person over breakfast at BOOKPLATE.

Serving gourmet brekkie offerings from 7.30am every morning, you won’t know whether to photograph your food, the view or both!

Make sure to book online as the café is a popular destination at this time of year and can fill up very quickly. Or, keep it low key and just pop in for a take away coffee then enjoy the balloons as you stroll the lake’s shore.


10 – 18 March
From 7.30am everyday


Free entry

Skyfire Party

Over 100 000 people are expected to squeeze their way onto the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and surrounding area to enjoy the magnificent display that is Skyfire – don’t be one of them!

BOOKPLATE, at the National Library of Australia, is one of the best Skyfire vantage points in the city and this year they’re letting you leave the crowds behind and enjoy the spectacular show in style.

From 6pm, you’ll be entertained by local bands playing live from the ‘Grass Stage’ while you kick back in the open air lounge area. The night sky will be lit up and so will your tastebuds as you sample curated canapés, lovingly prepared by the BOOKPLATE team and drinks available for purchase.


17 March
From 6pm


Early bird tickets $70
General release tickets $86
Plus booking fee

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Bookplate, Parkes Place West, Parkes ACT, Australia

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