Spring is here with trees come to life with new lush foliage, daffodils colour the landscape in bright yellow, and gardens bursting into life after a dull wet winter. It’s a time of renewal life and the perfect time to visit all the wonderful gardens at their peak. Obviously this is the best time of the year to discover flora and fauna of Australia. Ranging from free entry gardens to expensive destinations, there are many attractions to choose from, if you search around. Here are few hints that might cheer you up in this spring.
• Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Daffodils and Tulips are icons of spring. If you are a fan of the famous poet William Wordsworth, you should definitely visit Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Because the mental picture you created by reading Wordsworth’s poems, comes to live at Tesselaar.
The annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival is returning this spring from September 8th-October 4th 2016. The popular festival has been held annually since 1954 in the Dandenong Ranges. About an hour's drive from Melbourne, Tesselaar's Tulip Farm is situated at 357 Monbulk Road, SILVAN, 3795. (Melway Map 129 B5).
With live entertainment and market stalls, Tesselaar Tulip Festival is one of the best events in spring which the whole family can enjoy. With mind blowing landscapes and bright colored flowers, it is a perfect location for photo shoots.
This festival definitely reminds you European spring festivals and the Tesselaar Festival is inspired by Dutch culture. It’s not uncommon to see hostesses with traditional Dutch attire. Also, there’s plenty of Dutch food available and don’t forget to try the Dutch poffertjes and croquettes.
Tulip Farm is one venue that can heartily recommend to visitors who choose spring season to discover Dandenongs. This place is ideal for your loved ones visiting Australia this season. Hence, keep this place in your mind when planning your next travel itinerary.
• Melbourne Cup Carnival
Melbourne cup carnival is the most iconic event in spring which is not only about racing; But, a celebration of culture, fashion, wine and fine dining. The Melbourne Cup boasts the richest prize money in Australian sport and as a result attracts horses from around the world, as well as a huge turnout of spectators. Over 100,000 people descend on Flemington to see this iconic event.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival consists of six event days starting on Saturday September 10th and finishing on Saturday 5th November. Six events are scheduled as follows.
• The first event is The Sofitel Girls' Day Out – 10th September.
• The Turnbull Stakes Day presented by Yellowglen - Sunday 2nd October.
• The AAMI Victoria Derby Day - Saturday 29th October.
• Crown Oaks Day -Thursday 3rd November, is Ladies' Day.
• The Emirates Melbourne Cup- 1st November
• On Saturday 5th November, The Emirates Stakes Day marks the official end of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
• Dandenong Market Full Moon Festival
This lunar calendar harvest event is celebrated around Asia during full moon which falls on 18th September. Dandenong Market is one of the venues where diverse Asian communities gather and celebrate in a market setting with food and live entertainment.
• Dandenong Festival of Lights
The Dandenong Festival of Lights is back this spring with hundreds of new lanterns, carnival rides, dumpling bar and live performances. .
This event is scheduled from the 26th of August until the 9th of October, at Dandenong show grounds.