This festival is the brainchild of 2 Dutch immigrants, Cees and Johanna Tesselaar. They arrived in Melbourne at 1939 and started to grow tulips, gladioli and daffodils on their land.
Since then they decided to publicly open the farm with silver coin donation for Red Cross Australia.
It's been operating since 1954 and these days the festival sees thousands of visitors wandering the rows of flowers, highlighting tulips, daffodils and other colourful blooms
Every Spring the festival is held high up in the Dandenong Mountains just east of Melbourne.
It has become one of the best tourist attractions in Victoria, Australia with more than 120 varieties of tulips being shown on a 55-acre farm.
The tulip festival, along with the glorious floral displays, now includes music, food and wine to attract more visitors during the spring season.
Leave plenty of time to wander around the displays as there are over 950, 000 tulips to see set across 5 acres on a 25 acre property. There is also live entertainment daily for all visitors to enjoy no matter what age.
You can make your visit as long or as short as you wish. Some people like to make a whole day out of it and include some of the extra sights that the Dandenongs provides
Wander through the rows of colourful tulips at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Where is the Tulip Festival being held?
The address is ...
Tesselaar Flower Farm 357-359 Monbulk Road Silvan
Melway Map 123 B5 (40km directly east of Melbourne)
How to get to the Tulip Festival
If you are driving to the festival, use the Google map here, just click on 'Directions', add your details and your route is mapped out for you.
Public transport is an alternative method for getting to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Please make sure that you use the Metlink journey planner so as to make sure your journey is stress free. Note ... Enter your location in the “from” field and “Tesselaar Tulip Festival” into the “to” field.
They will also be running their charter bus from Lilydale Station. For thorough and detailed public transport information check out this how to get there link which also includes the charter bus timetable.
Bus runs weekends and public holiday only. The bus meets the train at Lilydale Station with a little extra time to spare.
Wonder at the amazing colour of the tulips of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival display
Parking at the Tulip Festival
There is free onsite parking for cars and buses.
On busy weekends there are two car parks and entry points. People with limited mobility are advised to park in the main car park (on the Monbulk side of the farm) in the designated spots.
Please note parking is limited and based on a first come first served system. Many areas surrounding the farm are NO STANDING and it is advised and suggested strongly that you DO NOT park on the roads surrounding the farm.
Should the car park be full, the suggestion is that you you take the time to explore the local area and come back a little later The carpark will reopen once space becomes available.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival opens mid September to mid October every year. The Festival's hours of operation are from 10am to 5pm every day.
There is an entrance charge for adults and children are admitted free. Concession tickets include seniors, pension and student cards. The National Companion Card and Carer Card are also accepted and Carers are admitted free of charge
Tickets may be purchased online or you can buy your ticket at the gate. The ticket price is the same no matter where it is purchased. You might save some time by pre-purchasing your ticket. Online tickets can be used on any day.
The Festival is open on Grand Final day from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Typical tulip display for the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Tesselaar Tulip Faestival Extra Information
Dogs are allowed, however you must keep your pet securely on a leash. Please bring a bag to keep the grounds clean.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is held on a working farm with unsealed roads and paths. People with limited mobility will require assistance with access.If you want more information on this matter before you visit, please feel free to call 1300 428 527
There are a limited number of wheelchairs available which visitors may use free of charge, located in the information stand. Note, there is no guarantee that one will be available and you are unable to reserve one.
Tables and chairs are available to use. Bring your own picnic rug and picnic to enjoy on the grounds. There are lots of lovely lawn areas scattered around the farm. There are picnic tables located throughout as well. Please note that here are no barbecue facilities.
There will be a range of different food vendors every day. What's available as a food selection include, Poffertjes (the famous Dutch mini pancakes), take away foods such as pies and hot chips, pizzas, sandwiches, Gozleme (yummy Turkish bread), tea, coffee, roasted potatoes and cold drinks.
You are not able to bring your own alcohol however there are vendors who are selling beverages for you to purchase.
There are many free activities and installations inside. Some of the activities do charge a small fee. People with limited mobility and their carers are free of charge.
Red tulips against a blue shy. Beautiful combination.
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Good old fashioned Dutch hospitality!
Enjoy live stage shows throughout the weekend including Dutch music all time favourite tunes. Dancing and live music will have you thoroughly enjoying your visit to the Tesselaar tulip Festival
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Enjoy traditional Dutch food with a range of market stalls.
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