Belconnen owl

Belconnen's iconic sculpture, the Big Owl

09 September 2020

Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra.

One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city. Featuring floral plantings by the Floriade horticulture team and more than 90 Canberra community groups, this years’ festival allows the community to enjoy spring blooms every day.

Experience a touch of Floriade at more than 130 locations with the tulip trail – there are lots of great locations in the Belconnen region.

Belconnen residents now have another excuse to eye off Canberra’s iconic sculpture, the Big Owl, which is surrounded by beautiful blooms.

The Floriade horticulture team have planted an abundance of mixed tulips and pansies alongside Belconnen’s landmark sculpture.

Located on the corner of Belconnen and Benjamin Way, Macquarie, the artwork created by Bruce Armstrong honours the Powerful Owl, Ninox strenua, which is the largest owl species in Australasia.

Next, head to the Australian Institute of Sport located at Leverrier Street, Bruce. The national institution will be blooming with colour, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a famous athlete or two.

After all the cultural hype, relax at Margaret Thompson Park, at Chandler Street, Belconnen.

This peaceful one-hectare park in the middle of Belconnen CBD has received a spring makeover. The Floriade horticulture team have planted tulips and annuals at the park’s trademark pyramids.

Thinking it’s time to get the groceries? Head to Scullin shops at 1 Scullin Place, and enjoy the flowers before you get shopping.

For more information on the tulip trail, visit


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