I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (7 & 5). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Tulips Tulips Everywhere
One of the most visually appealing and inspiring festivals I have ever been to has to be the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held each year in the spring season when half a million tulip bulbs burst into blossom in their myriad of colours. The dates have already been announced for the 2014 festival which will be held for a period of four weeks from 11 September to 7 October, incorporating the Spring school holidays in it.
The festival of tulips, which is being held since 1954, is set on a 55 acres land in Silvan, located in the Dandenong Ranges, a convenient distance from Melbourne and the surrounding areas, and is open daily from 10 am to 5pm during the festival dates. The festival is frequented not only by the locals but by interstate and international visitors as well, as they are enchanted by the beauty of these blossoms.
The best aspect of the festival for me is that it caters to all types of audiences and ages. The themes include Turkish, Irish, Jazz, Wine and Dutch on the weekends. Special weekday activities for seniors, and for children during school holidays will be organised. There is a sculpture exhibition amongst the tulip beds as well, created by artists from around Australia. With live entertainment, fresh food stalls, tractor rides and more, such as the Dutch cultural displays, tulip bulbs available for purchase, lots of photo opportunities, this festival is not to be missed.
Children will be mesmerized with the magical festival
The ticket prices this year are: Adults $22, Concession $18. If you know you are attending, then it is best to buy the tickets online, and avoid the long queues. Parking is a bit tricky, so try to get in early. Dress in comfortable clothes and wear gumboots if you can as stepping into muddy puddles is unavoidable. Pack a small picnic if you wish.
If you plan it right, I promise you a magical fun-filled day amongst the magically inspired land created by the Tesselaars. If there is only one event that you can attend in the coming season, let it be this one. Feast your eyes.