Tesselaar Kabloom is back for 2022 with an enchanting Flower Circus spin!
tesselaar kabloom festival
We have been attending the Tesselaar Kabloom Festival every year since it started and it just gets better and better! There are lots of activities and things to do and see included in the entry fee – and the best thing is that kids under 12 years are free!
The main drawcard is the fields of colourful blooms covering five acres of garden at Tesselaar's Flower Farm in the Dandenong Ranges.
In 2022 the KaBloom circus spectacular features artists from SWAY, who perform on the Garden Stage every day. In addition to KaBloom Flower Circus, there are drop-in circus workshops and a fairy treasure hunt…
…an obstacle course…
… and crate maze.
You can hire large rainbow umbrellas and ‘Queen's croquet' games for free at the Flower Shop and Souvenir Shop; just leave a driver's licence as security.
You make a day of it by bringing your picnic or buying food and drinks from the market stalls. Try the Kabloom special ice cream ‘Fire and Ice' with a swirl of dragonfruit and vanilla soft serve topped with sprinkles and lollies. It's only available from the ‘soft serve' stand.
Note that there are no barbecues. There is a scatter of plastic tables and chairs around or bring a sturdy picnic rug as the red soil can get muddy very quickly.
Last but not least, take a tractor ride around the whole farm ($5 per person) and listen to the commentary about the festival and the farm.
Kabloom Festival of Colours is a lovely way to spend a sunny day in the Dandenong Ranges. We spend almost three hours there, soaking in the scenery and the atmosphere.
Make sure you pick up some beautiful blooms on your way home!
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Tips for Kabloom Flower Festival:
- arrive early at 10am so that you can take pictures without crowds of people in the way. Also available parking is much closer and the bus tours don't tend to arrive right at 10am;
- buy your tickets online in advance to avoid queues;
- Some activities require pre-booking and additional costs, check the website for further information;
- midday is peak hour;
- the first circus show is at 11am and it's an opportune time to order an early lunch from the food stalls and grab a table. After the show finishes the queues for food get very long.
- wear gumboots and easily-washed clothes. The red clay gets muddy very quickly with the number of people walking around and the dirt marks everything. White sneakers, high heels and sandals are not a good idea!;
- take a jacket for the strong breeze that rolls into the valley;
- if you can try to avoid taking a pram. Given the crowds and soggy ground conditions it’s really best enjoyed by children who are able to walk steadily; and
- if your kids are old enough, give them a phone camera to experiment with. It’s hard to take a bad shot.