Enjoy an adventure in a wonderland of spring flowers at the 2018 Tesselaar Tulip Festival held in Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges from 15 September to 14 October 2018.
Visitors will be grinning like Cheshire cats whilst they wander through the brilliant display of five acres of tulips. There is fun for all ages, including live entertainment, children’s activities, delicious local and international food and market stalls daily, all set to the stunning backdrop of a rainbow of 900,000 tulips in flower.
The Festival kicks off with the Turkish weekend (15-16 September), celebrating the origin of the tulip with exciting Turkish performers, music, folk dancing, belly dancers, cultural and artistic displays as well as a selection of delicious Turkish foods.
Then take a trip into wonderland with Alice and the White Rabbit for story performances of the classic tale Alice in Wonderland, during Wonderland week (17-20 September).
Dutch weekend (21-23 September) is a great time to put on your clogs and enjoy some Dutch hospitality. Musicians, dancers, games and delicacies fill this exciting weekend.
Visitors can meet popular PJ Masks’ Catboy, Gekko and Owlette during Superhero Children’s week (24-27 September). Enjoy fun shows along with animal petting zoos, craft activities, giant garden games and the popular tractor rides.
Eat, drink and be merry at the Food, Wine and Jazz weekend (28-30 September). This chilled weekend amongst the tulips has great bands and delicious international foods teamed with award winning local beers and wines.
The second week of the school holidays will see your little people keeping busy during Get Active week (1–4 October). Twice daily shows of the legendary Peter Rabbit, face painting, storytelling and a trip down fairy hollow will keep everyone happy!
Come for the craic and enjoy all day entertainment during Irish weekend (5–7 October). There will be Irish pipers and dancers, Celtic arts, Irish coffee and beers and a few loveable Leprechauns!
Celebrate the tulips in all their glory during Tulipmania week (8-14 October). Enjoy a last opportunity to walk through the tulips before we bid them farewell for another year. There will be plenty of entertainment, delicious food and activities to ensure they go out with a bang!
To complement the Tulips in Wonderland theme visitors can enjoy a decadent Mad Hatters High Tea every day at the Festival hosted by The High Tea Mistress. Guests will indulge in delicious wonderland treats and sip on artisan tea in the purpose built High Tea Salon, all whilst taking in the views of the stunning fields of tulips. There are four high tea sessions a day and bookings are essential. Visit the website for more details.