It’s springtime! And one of the best festivals in Melbourne during springtime is the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.
This year, the tulips bloomed late. Around mid-September, I followed the farm’s Instagram account to keep updated about the tulips’ progress. Crossing fingers, we hoped more would bloom on the public holiday as we planned to visit on that day. And thankfully, the warmth of the late spring season brought more colors and blooms indeed.
As expected, there were many people during our visit as it was a public holiday. But then again, this festival normally attracts many visitors. It was our first time to go the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. It truly is a fun activity for the family during spring time. Our Lil One enjoyed touching the ‘fow-wers’ and running around the fields. The farm’s theme of the day was ‘Food, Wine, and Jazz’ so there was some food and wine tasting, and there were bands playing the jazz music which the Lil One enjoyed dancing to!
There are many creative things you can do during your visit. Really!
Fun things you can do in the Tulip Festival:
- Take a lot of pictures. Of course!
- Bring your own food, picnic cloth, and have a picnic on the grasses. You can also bring your own foldable camp-style table and chairs. The farm provides tables and chairs too.
- If you did not bring food, you can buy from the food stalls situated in the food courts. During our visit, the stalls included German Sausages, Pulled Pork, Indian street food, beer, wine, nuts, chocolates, and so much more. We bought the German sausages and it was truly delicious! It costs $10 each.
- Take a ride on their tractor ride. It costs $10 (if I remember correctly, we didn’t take a ride though).
- Buy something from their shops as a keepsake.
- Give your kids a face paint for $10.
- Enjoy looking at the sculptures. You can vote for your favorite too!
- Buy your own tulips.
- Go to their Wizard of Oz park.
- Listen to the music bands!
Tips for families:
- Do not forget to bring your camera. Of course!
- Bring your prams. But in strolling around the fields, let them run and walk so they can enjoy the flowers closely. You can park your prams in the designated areas.
- Buy your tickets online to avoid the queue.
- Arrive as early as you can. In our case, we didn’t. Haha! We arrived at noon, so expectedly, it was a peak hour for buying food. As for taking pictures in the fields, every hour is peak hour!
- Bring cash. They have an ATM though.
- Bring extra clothes. You can get easily get dirt from the red clay as it can get muddy.
- Visit the farm during the Children’s week if you can.
- During weekends or the public holiday, you can enter and park your car other than their main entrance/ car park which can easily get full. Click here for the map.
- Bring your sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Bring your umbrella to protect yourself from the rain!
- You can bring your dogs!
Getting there and ticket prices:
- Address: 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan
- Opens 9am to 5pm every day between September 14th and October 10th 2017
- Website: http://tulipfestival.com.au/
- Ticket prices:
- Adult: $28
- Concession: $24
- Children 16 and under are free
- Groups of ten or more are $24 per person and must be purchased online.