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Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Those looking to attend The Tesselaar Tulip Festival will be happy to know that it is only one hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD. This popular yearly event is renowned for its amazing display of tulip flowers and interactive exhibits.

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.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2022 Dates Calendar, Times & Tickets, Silvan

This unique festival is held at the Tesselaar Nursery in 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.

The festival is home to over 40 nurseries and plant growers where you can shop for a huge range of plants, both large and small. Come and gather information from their resident experts with many gardening talks and demonstrations whilst gathering inspiration for your own garden.

The festival also features a number of cultural events, 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.

Whilst visiting the festival, make sure to check out the historic Tesselaar Gardens where you will discover a beautiful garden filled with roses, lilies and perennials, including newly released varieties to explore and enjoy.

There is a range of food and refreshments on offer or you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Dogs on leads are welcome. Local Scouts offer a plant creche that will store purchases and deliver them to your car for just a gold coin donation.

The delightful Dandenong Ranges Yarra Valley region provides a stunning backdrop for this unmissable event. This area is home to a number of magnificent gardens to visit over the weekend.

Tickets can be purchased online, or at the gate. If you purchase your tickets online, then you must print them and they can be used for one admission on any day. Tickets on mobile phones will not be accepted.

You can drive to the festival which is around 60kms from Melbourne. Alternatively, get on a Lilydale bound train from Melbourne CBD and alight at Lilydale Station. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be shuttle buses which will depart 5 minutes after the train arrives and costs $3 for a return ticket. During the week, board the #663 bus which will take you to the festival.


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    • Hi Lynne,

      I have gone through the official event website’s frequently asked questions section and found the following information about wheelchair accessibility:

      “The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is held on a working farm with unsealed roads and paths. The property is located on a slope. People with limited mobility will require assistance with access”.

      Additional to this, there is “a limited number of wheelchairs available which we allow our visitors to use free of charge. They are located in our information stand. However, we do not take reservations and cannot guarantee there will be one for your visit. If you need a wheelchair we advise you bring your own or secure hire for one from somewhere else”.

      Hope this helps and please don’t hesitate to give them a call for any specific questions you may have.


  • Hello,
    My mom is coming over until around 16th September. What will be the entertainment on the Turkish weekend Tulip festival 15-16th September? I have also 1 toddler with me, what entertainment for the kid during the day?

    • Hi Silvia,

      I have checked the official website, and although it does have a rundown of the different weekends, it doesn’t go as deep has having an actual schedule and times (a lot of other websites are still referencing 2017).

      Aside form the usual tulip and garden displays, it’s mentions that you can:
      – Enjoy traditional and modern Turkish couture and textiles
      – Enjoy some amazing music on stage including classical and modern Turkish bands
      – Experience memorable performances of Turkish folk dances and belly dancing
      – Enjoy the aromas and tastes of rich Traditional Turkish cuisine
      – The Australian Turkish Mehter Band (Marching Band) will perform at 1pm on Sunday
      – Watch artistic demonstrations such as calligraphy and marbling, and take part in workshops
      – Shop in the market bazaar for hand-made Iznik ceramics, Turkish rugs, throws, bags, decorative pillows, traditional jewellery, handicrafts, and more.
      – Sip a cup of Turkish coffee and after you have finished, turn the cup upside down and have an reader tell you your fortune

      We are in the process of updating our website and will be adding a lot new information this week from the official event brochure.


    • Hi Joo,

      Be that the Tulip Festival starts 2 days after you plan to visit, there may not be too much to do and they’ll likely be preparing and setting up for the weekend.

      I visited a few weeks ago and really the only thing open was the Nursey, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 4.30pm. Aside from that though, you might nit be allowed to enter the festival area.

      I’d suggest calling them on 03 9737 7722 or filling in their contact form at http://www.tulipfestival.com.au/contact-us to find out if anything will be available.


    • Hi Jane,

      The Tesselaar Tulip Festival starts on the 15th of September 2018. Here is a list of the major themes/event dates for the 2018 festival:

      Turkish Weekend: 15-16 Sept 2018
      Tulips in Wonderland Week: 17-20 Sept 2018
      Dutch Weekend: 21-23 Sept 2018
      Children’s Week: 24-27 Sept 2018
      Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend: 28-30 Sept 2018
      Children’s Week: 1-4 Oct 2018
      Irish Weekend: 5-7 Oct 2018
      Tulipmania!: 8-14 Oct 2018

      Have a wonderful time!

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