Tulips, Tulips Everywhere
If you are looking for a some beautiful scenery in the Dandenong Ranges, there are numerous options. Come spring, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a popular destination for tourists, families, couples and anyone looking for a relaxing day. Oh, and for anyone feeling a bit photogenic.
Each year, the tulip farm holds a festival around September-October. I also visited last year, but I really don’t remember it being as packed as it was this weekend! The carpark was enormous, yet vehicles lined the streets, disregarding the no-parking area.
The fields are lined with vibrant colours in strips, and basically everyone is strolling down them and taking photos with their DSLRs. It’s really a sight to see and it happened to be some great, sunny weather. The fields are quite muddy – so be prepared to get your shoes dirty! To assist with this, there are various “boot scrapers” located around the venue, where you hold on to the structure, put your shoes up and, well, scrape the dirt off your shoes!
Each weekend has a theme, unluckily it was the same theme as the time I visited last year. It would have been nice to experience a different culture, but nevertheless I experienced the Dutch Weekend again and tried some Dutch donuts. Unfortunately, they were very oily, doughy and not as flavoursome as I thought. There are various stalls for ice-cream, Dutch poffertjes (pancakes), sausages, ice-cream and more, but expect a long line for the main cafe.
There was also a cute, traditional Dutch dance performance in clogs. The seniors who are part of this group are very enthusiastic and happy to perform for the crowd each year.
There are other sections to stroll through besides the tulip fields such as the separate gardens where they grow tulips (below), cherry blossom trees, walkways of other brightly coloured flowers, and little spots for kids (a fake rainbow, some poles that make music etc).
As usual, there are some downsides. The main food lines are long, as are the toilet lines. The portable toilets got clogged up and on the way out, as I eyed the line of cars illegally parked and thought no one would fine that many people – behold! Two ticket inspectors making their way down the line. Perhaps the event holders need to look into this parking situation for the future.
Besides these minute cons, I highly recommend this place if you just want to have a stroll with friends or family amongst some beautiful colours. If you are interested in going this year, make a move! They still have a Food, Jazz and Wine weekend and an Irish weekend left.
Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan. Tickets are $20 adult, $17 concession and can be bought online or on the day, more information here.