Signalling the coming of spring, one can’t ever deny the sense of bliss flowers bring when they herald the coming of this season. Endless enjoyment undoubtedly awaits those who rest their eyes upon the vibrant blub of tulips located in Tasmania or the sea of wild flowers located on Kangaroo Island. Also not to be forgotten is Canberra’s Floriade Festival and Victoria’s Tesselar Tulip Festival.
Join the 500,000 visitors who descend upon Canberra each year to witness the marvel of the Floriade Festival which features more than 1 million blooms alongside the iconic Lake Burley Griffin. The Floriade Festival is without a doubt one of the largest flower festivals in the Southern Hemisphere and includes a program of horticulture workshops, music and entertainment. Held annually, in 2017 it will be on from September 16th to October 15th, the festival offers many bustling activities including a boat ride across the ornamental Lake Burley Griffin and a scenic helicopter ride from Lennox Park to witness the spectacular blooms from above.
Wishing for a picturesque scene from National Geographic which features nature’s most alluring wildflowers and animals? Well look no further because Kangaroo Island is the place to be for such natural wonders. From migratory birds and spotting dolphins to kangroos and seals, the island is a veritable wildlife conservatory filled with vibrant life, whether plant or mammal. Wildflowers litter the island during the periods of late August till mid-October with 40 unique species found only on the island. Learn the colourful nicknames the locals have given these plants such as the ‘Jam Tart Bush or ‘Egg and Bacon’ flowers.
One of the highlights in Tasmania during the spring season is the Hobart Spring Tulip Festival which takes place during a weekend in October at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Celebrating spring and Tasmania’s cultural diversity, one can expect to find a multicultural carnival of food, dance and music while savouring the wafting scents of spring. A delicious journey awaits those who drive south to Huonville where blossom covered orchards wait with apricots, plums, cherries and pears. Also on the isle is the world’s largest and oldest lavender plantation in Nabowla and a rose garden with 4,000 roses in Longford.
This year marks the 64th celebration of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival which features more than a million tulips spread across 25 acres of farmland set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. This year’s celebration, from 14 September –10 October, features a host of events including a Turkish, Dutch and Irish weekend to showcase the diversity and remarkable cultural performances of each of these cultures. Plenty of scrumptious dishes, souvenirs and magnificent performances await those who visit the event this year. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is also home to the largest clog in the Southern Hemisphere carved by renowned chainsaw artist Robbie Bast.
Words by Jonathan Gan
Photographs by Floriade Australia, Brian Dullaghan, Tourism Tasmania and Heath Holden, Virgin Australia and Tourism Australia