The 2016 event, to be staged between Thursday 8th September and Tuesday 4th October, is the 63rd year this amazing splash of colour has been presented and this year the 10 Hectare farm will display 120 varieties of Tulip with 100,000 more plants on display than have ever been shown previously.
The annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival has grown to become one of Victoria's iconic springtime events, a colorful and entertaining celebration of the Tulip. Photo: Courtesy Tesselaar Plant Nursery
But the annual Tesselaar event is more than a flower show, spectacular though the amazing range of Tulips are. Right through the event there will be a series of themed weekends and daily events guaranteed to make a visit to the Silvan property a day to remember.
From September 9th to 11th Tesselaar's will celebrate Turkish Weekend followed by Yarra Ranges Week from September 12th to 15th, Dutch Weekend from September 16th to 18th, a Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend September 23rd to 25th and an Irish Weekend from September 30th to October 2nd.
While the Tulip Festival is essentially of Dutch origin Tesselaar's 2016 event will also celebrate Turkish and Irish themed weekends. Photo: Courtesy Tesselaar Plant Nursery
Then, just for the kids, there'll be two special Children's Week celebrations from September 19th to 22nd and again from September 26th to 29th.
Daily events include market stalls, musical entertainment, garden displays, replica Dutch windmills, the largest wooden Dutch clog in Australia and of course the most spectacular display of brilliantly coloured Tulips in the southern hemisphere.
The annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival is an explosion of colour with hundreds of thousands of Tulips in bloom. Photo: Courtesy Tesselaar Plant Nursery
Tickets are available at the gate daily throughout the festival between 10 AM and 4.15 PM. Gates close at 5 PM.
Cost of entry is $26 Adult, $22 Concession and children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult. A Group discount price of $22 is available for on-line or telephone bookings for groups or 10 or more.
If you want to extend your stay in the fabulous Dandenong Ranges before or after visiting the Tulip Festival checkout Tesselaars website www.tulipfestival.com.au for special offers on a range of local accommodation.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is now in its 63rd year and has become a must-see attraction for visitors from far and wide. Photo: Courtesy Tesselaar Plant Nursery
Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at 357 – 359 Monbulk Road, Silvan, 40 kilometres east of Melbourne (Melway Reference Map 123 B5).
On Saturday and Sunday the farm will operate its own shuttle-bus too and from Lilydale Railway Station, departing 5 minutes after the arrival of trains from Melbourne. Return shuttle-bus fare is $3.On weekdays take the Route 663 bus from Lilydale Station to the farm.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival has had literally thousands of people pass through the gates in the last 63 years and no doubt will again put on a colourful, entertaining and not-to-be-missed family-friendly event in 2016.
Goodnes gracious, the year is going fast if it's time to start thinking about the Tulip Festival again. My husband and I went last year, lunched in the town and spent a lovely afternoon wandering around the George Tindale Gardens which are close by and free to enter.