6 March 2023

Road closures and bus changes as Canberra illuminates for Enlighten

| Claire Fenwicke
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dancers in black and yellow costumes on stage

The Sydney Dance Company will present their inspired triple bill Ascent at Canberra Theatre Centre from 9 to 11 March. Photo: Pedro Greig.

It’s that time of year when Canberra’s landmarks are lit up in lights while balloons lazily float and decorate our skies.

But some road closures and bus changes will start from Friday (3 March) as part of the Enlighten Festival, with everyone encouraged to rethink their trip and plan ahead.

Free shuttle buses have been organised to get people to their illuminated destinations, departing from stops at the Sydney Building, Canberra Centre, Legislative Assembly, King Edward Terrace and Parliament House Federation Mall.

They’re scheduled every 30 minutes from Friday, 3 March, to Monday, 13 March, with first services departing at 5 pm.

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Canberrans have also been asked to consider public transport, walking, cycling or scooting as an alternative to driving to events.

King George Terrace and King Edward Terrace, between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West, will be closed from 5 pm to 12:30 am for the duration of the festival.

This will also disrupt some bus services, with stops 3258, 3259, 3260 and 3261 in the Parliamentary Triangle closed.

Some other bus routes, such as the Rapid 2 and Rapid 6, will be impacted, with full details available online.

There will be no changes to light rail services.

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Regular fares will still apply if you take any Transport Canberra bus and light rail services. If you don’t have a MyWay card, you can buy a ticket from vending machines located at all light rail stops, major bus interchanges and the Canberra Airport.

Canberra’s landmarks will be illuminated from Friday, 3 March, to Monday, 13 March, while the Canberra Balloon Spectacular lifts off from Saturday, 11 March, to Sunday, 19 March. More details are available at Enlighten.

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