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HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan

For our family spring also heralds our annual visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. This year the event runs from Thursday 14 September until Sunday 15 October 2017.

tulip festival

The tulips have bloomed later than usual due to the unusually cold start to spring. The festival season has also been extended beyond Tuesday 10 October to Sunday 15 October.  

We visit during the Food Wine & Jazz Weekend (Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October) and the flowers mostly all in full bloom. Every year we have a couple of must-dos – the tractor ride ($5 per person or 4 for $15) and the Dutch pancakes (from $7).

tulip festival

There is live entertainment daily and foods and market stalls on offer plus for our weekend’s events tickets include tastings of beers, wines and ciders from Red Duck Beer, Yering Farm Wines, Yarrawood Estate, Oakridge Wines, Buckleys Beer and more.

tulip festival

tulip festival

To make your trip more enjoyable come prepared. Make sure you wear your gumboots to protect your previous footwear and take a jacket for the strong breeze that rolls into the valley. BYO water bottle and you’re welcome to bring a picnic, though there are plenty of food options around.

HOT Tips:

  • arrive at 9-10am so that you can snap pictures without crowds of people in the way. Also available parking is much closer;
  • buy your tickets online in advance to avoid ticket counter queues;
  • midday is peak hour;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • if your kids are old enough, give them a phone camera to experiment with. It’s hard to take a bad shot; and
  • during school holidays there are Children’s days with kids activities, petting zoos and music at no additional cost.


Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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