As a celebration for the coming of spring, Australia’s Floriade festival is the largest flora and fauna show in Australia, with over one million blooming flowers being showcased. The festival runs for 4 weeks from mid-September each year in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free. The event attracts approximately 400,000 people each year from across Australia, as well as international visitors.
Places that dominate the big, global quality-of-life indices – your Viennas, your Vancouvers, your Helsinkis – do so on the basis of public safety, hygiene, environment, economic stability and the like. Pretty humdrum stuff. Culture and recreation, however, also play vital roles and help determine whether a city merely delivers the bare minimum or, preferably, enriches and stimulates as well. Patrons of Melbourne city hotels know what this is all about.
The state capital of Victoria has long stood proudly atop many a livability index (The Economist Intelligence Unit index for 2012 is a prominent case). That the metropolis on the Yarra succeeds with such banal regularity is a credit to a lively arts, culture and extracurricular scene that, simply put, makes Melbourne a fun, attractive place to live and, indeed, visit.
There is no denying that London is one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is also one of the most expensive. However, for those visiting the great capital of England, there is plenty to do whilst still avoiding an empty wallet. Here are 5 of the best free attractions in town: