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HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan

HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan

Spring heralds our annual visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival! This year the event runs from Saturday 15 September to Saturday 14 October 2018 and the biggest difference is that the flowers have all been roped off to protect the blooms.

tulip festival 2018

That means that you can no longer ‘tiptoe through the tulips’ so to speak but you can still appreciate the beautiful colours from afar. It’s an Instagrammer’s delight!

We are invited to visit during Children’s Week (Monday 24 September – Thursday 27 September and Monday 1 October – Thursday 4 October) and there are lots of special activities happening. There is also an Alice in Wonderland theme throughout the whole festival.

tulip festival 2018

During the Children’s Weeks there are twice daily performances from PJ Masks, The Amazing Superhero Show and Full Circle Drumming.

tulip festival 2018

tulip festival 2018

The kids love the White Rabbit Treasure Hunt – look for seven rabbits around the gardens, write down their times and you get a reward (spoiler alert – two sweets).

tulip festival 2018

tulip festival 2018

There is also a petting zoo, croquet, giant garden games, face painting, craft workshops and more (some fees apply).

tulip festival 2018

As well as these special events every year we have a couple of must-dos. The tulip tractor ride ($5 per person or 4 for $15) takes you on a guided tour of the colourful fields….

tulip festival 2018

….and a plate of hot Dutch mini pancakes ‘poffertjes’ (from $7).

If you’re feeling peckish there are food stands and a daily Mad Hatter’s High Tea with an Alice in Wonderland theme.

tulip festival 2018

You’re also welcome to BYO picnic and don’t forget to bring a water bottle as walking around is thirsty work.

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.

tulip festival 2018

Plus if your kids are old enough, give them a phone camera to experiment with. It’s hard to take a bad shot!

tulip festival 2018

Click here for more school holiday events in spring


HOT Tips:

  • arrive at 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 Weeks 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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