Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Tesselaar Tulip Festival
By Chris Phutully from Australia (2013 Tesselaar Tulip Festival) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Those looking to attend the Tesselaar Tulip Festival will be happy to know that the event is is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD. This popular yearly event is renowned for its array of amazing display of tulip flowers.

You will come across a variety of tulip species from all over the world so come and explore over half a million tulips at the wonderful Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

2016 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan Vic

This unique festival is held at Silvan which is one of the many suburbs nestled within the Dandenong Ranges. Apart from the wonderful flower display, this festival also showcases live entertainment, a multicultural food exhibition and a sculpture display.

One of the most amazing features of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is its multicultural program, which includes a number of weekend events such as Turkish Weekend, Food, Wine & Jazz weekend, Dutch Weekend, Irish Weekend and a special program for children.

Each of these events feature a number of cultural festivals, music shows, authentic food, folk dance shows and a number of entertainment programs and activities. Sample an assorted variety of regional food and wine while enjoying an array of music and dance shows. Whether you love the Irish beer or Dutch food, you will certainly find a number of interesting things to keep you entertained at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

Make sure to bring your kids as there are an array of special programs and child-friendly entertainment activities including rides and a petting zoo.

Another highlight of this festival is the annual sculpture competition; sponsored by the Association of Sculptors of Victoria. A number of contenders take part in this competition and display their work and compete for the title. So whilst visiting Melbourne, take some time out for a day trip to the Dandenong Ranges to visit the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

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  • Hi there,
    Could You please tell Me what Your “special program for Children” consists of please???
    And is there any of that still going on Tomorrow & at what times?

    Stewart & Kathy

    • Hi Stewart & Kathy,

      Looking at the event guide, this weekend (3rd – 5th October 2014) is “Irish Weekend” – with Irish entertainment, stalls, food and drinks.

      In terms of the entertainment, there is a Celtic band, Irish Pipers and Irish Dancing. For food and drink, they are offering Irish Coffee, Guinness, Kilkenny, Cider, Baked Potatoes, Irish Stew, Sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, cakes and Irish biscuits. They also have the dutch favourites of Poffertjes, Croquettes, Frikendallen, Reifkoek, Gozleme and Chevap Sausage.

      For kids, it is noted that they have the following activities: sculpture exhibit, alpacas, fairy garden, hunt for gnomes, tulip picking, old fashioned Dutch games, historical displays, as well as photo opportunities with Windmills, flowers and staff in traditional Dutch costumes.

      I couldn’t find a hourly breakup of the day, but the Festival runs until Sunday from 10am until 5pm.

      I hope this helps and have a great weekend – the weather looks good and no mention of rain!


  • Hi, could you please tell me what the dates are for this year and if there are any holiday packages available, and if it is for one weekend only.

    Can you please send me some information or even a leaflet?

    Thank you. Kind Regards,

    • Hi Jane,

      I have just updated the dates on my website – the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is to be held between 10 Sep – 6 Oct in 2015 (the official website doesn’t have it yet, but it’s on their Facebook page). With the dates as they are, the event runs over the course of 4 weeks and there is a different theme every week.

      As lot of other websites have little information on the event until the main website is updated, but i suggest you follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tulipfestival and you will be notified of any new developments.

      It doesn’t look like there are any official packages available (unless you have more than 10 people, then you can get tickets at $18 instead of $22), and it might be too early to book accommodation (Wotif is only showing dates up until July 31 right now), but here is a link for accommodation for the Dandenong Ranges that you can use closer to the event – http://www.wotif.com/search/results?region=19871&aid=CD10556&viewType=all&bid=10022.

      Please don’t hesitate to ask any more questions.


  • This really demonstrates that you can still find folks that value what they post online. I really enjoyed reading the comments.

    • Thanks for the kind words Angelena. Having travelled a lot myself, it’s always great to find authors who go out of their way to help others.

      I do find myself trawling through a lot of the comments myself when i’m researching my next destination – especially when there is so much to cover and usually the commonly asked questions have been answered.

      Thanks again,

    • Hi Belle,

      I am not sure why the Cherry Blossom event will still showing on the event calendar since i took it down a while ago.

      The event actually hasn’t been held since 2013 and from the feedback i have received, it doesn’t look like it will be held again this year.

      This is the message that is on the official event page from last year:
      “There will be no Hanami Day event this year, but visitors are encouraged to enjoy the gardens anytime during the cherry blossom flowering season that usually occurs across 2-3 weeks in September”


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