last Friday a few of us drove to Silvan - in the Dandenongs, just east of Melbourne - to see the Tesselaars Tulip Festival. For about four weeks every spring the tulips are in full bloom and the visitors flock from all over Australia to see the colourful displays.
just one hour by car from the city of Melbourne
But its not "just tulips", there are other varieties of flowers and plants with many being for sale, there is food, a souvenir shop, bulbs for sale and a Fairy Garden hidden away which is delights the children of course and Tesselaars have 'theme weekends' too. Next weekend will be the Jazz weekend and the one after will be the Irish Weekend .... but you could go at anytime during the festival and enjoy whatever is on offer.
It rained most of the time we were there, but there was enough 'cover' to hide under till it eased off a bit. Still plenty of time to take photos, have a coffee, visit the fairy garden and the souvenir store!
I took many photos, but the few that are following will give you just a glimpse of how colourful it was .....
You need more than a 'couple of hours' to appreciate a trip to the Tulip Festival, so do allow some extra time. If you are making a family trip with children, its not easy to wander around with a stroller, but if they are older enough to walk around, remember to take rain boots and a change of clothing if the weather is wet, as it can be quite muddy if you decide to wander amongst the tulips!
There is still much to see and do regardless of the weather, and of course remember to take the children to see the 'fairy garden'!
Tesselaar Tulip Festival,
Tesselaar Tulip Farm,
357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan
13 September 13 to 9 October 2012,
open daily 10am to 5pm
Adults $18, Concession $15, Children under 16 free,
groups of 10 or more $15 each person
when prepaid online.
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