GREAT ESCAPES

Australian House & Garden

Photograph supplied.

Photograph supplied.

Should the latest crop of hip hotels and the opening of new wildlife lodge Jamala fail to convince you to visit Canberra, the annual flower festival, Floriade, will. Opening on September 12, Floriade 2015 is based around the theme ‘Reflection’ to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli. Be sure to catch NightFest (November 23-27) too, where you can explore the flowers after dark, browse the night markets and catch some music. After enjoying all this natural beauty, we recommend retiring to the slick but cosy East Hotel (pictured above) – home to arresting art and colourful designer pieces. We particularly love its magazine policy; select some favourites from the foyer and return them when you’ve finished. Now that’s blooming generous. www.jamalawildlifelodge.com.au, www.floriadeaustralia.com, www.easthotel.com.au.