The golden wattle is more than a national floral emblem of Australia. It along with other species of Acacia herald the coming of Spring and the advent of many floral and garden shows and events around Melbourne. One of the annual events that celebrate the end of winter and the wattle is the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival.
This community event invites the public to come out of winter hibernation and enjoy the outdoors once again. It also celebrates Melbourne's green wedge in the Diamond Valley. Since 2004, the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival has grown in popularity and size. Today, it boasts a schedule of events that encompasses the entire village. There's so much to see and do throughout the day. Here are the main highlights to keep you and your family entertained:
The day's revelry takes place along the main street and in 9 precincts around the village including Graysharps Road, Station, Wattle Place, Church, Bridges, Tennis Club, Community Hall and Car Park, Primary School and Fergusons Paddock, Allwood House, Brown House and Anzac Park. You and your family can enjoy live bands, traditional folk music, singing workshops, roving performers, vintage cars, art exhibition, food and drinks.
The fully restored K class steam engine from Steamrail Victoria is undoubtedly a flagship attraction. Popular with adults and kids, the steam engine offers the opportunity to travel by rail as people did 100 years ago. You can enjoy the shuttle between Hurstbridge and Eltham as well as the night train journey from Hurstbridge to Flinders Street Station. Return tickets for Hurstbridge to Eltham are $10 per person and children under school age free of charge. The night train to Flinders Street Station costs $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are limited and can be purchase here. You can also purchase tickets over the phone at 1300 660 072.