By Gaya Travel on August 17, 2016
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival will set to dazzle and delight once again in Spring as sprawling fields of over 1 million spring flowering bulbs including 800,000 tulips bloom in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is in its 63rd year, making it one of Australia’s longest running festivals. Set on 25 acres in the magical Dandenong ranges, visitors can wander the gardens and enjoy a spectacular display of over 120 varieties of flowering tulips, with 100,000 more bulbs planted than the previous year.
This year’s Tesselaar Tulip Festival celebrates the history and colour of tulips down under. The Tesselaar family has opened its farms to the public since 1954, after Cees and Johanna Tesselaar made the long voyage from the Netherlands to Australia in 1939 and settled down in Melbourne.
Over the years people would often stop and admire the colour and beauty in the Tesselaar’s front paddocks. After many queries and much interest, Cees and Johnanna decided to open their farm to the public and the festival has since evolved to become one of the most iconic festivals in Victoria, attracting a fair share of Malaysians who are drawn to the many photo opportunities and activities.
Although the tulips are undoubtedly the stars of the show, visitors will discover so much more with live entertainment, market stalls and tempting food on offer every day.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival runs over four weeks with themed weekends including Yarra Ranges Week, a regional celebration showcasing the Yarra Valley and Dandenong ranges; a Food, Wine and Jazz weekend where you can eat, drink and be merry with a full childrens’ school holiday program, and the popular Turkish, Dutch and Irish weekends – celebrating the origins of the tulips and the gold at the end of the rainbow.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is also home to the largest clog in the Southern Hemisphere, coming in at almost four metres long. It was carved by renowned chainsaw artist Robbie Bast. Keeping with the theme, the festival staff wears costumes from the Dutch fishing village Volendam, known as traditional Sunday dress. This includes traditional Dutch farming shoes, clogs, which are waterproof and warm – perfect for a tulip farm!
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is open daily from 8 September to 4 October and located in Silvan, Victoria. It is accessible via a one hour drive from Melbourne city or through shuttle buses that depart from Lilydale Station. For the full festival program and for ticketing information, visit the website at www.tulipfestival.com.au.