Tesselaar Tulips 2018

https://tulipfestival.com.au/

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is one of my favourite events in the year; and to be honest an event I was gutted to be missing whilst off in Europe this spring. I sent two  guest reviewers Symone and Emma to check it out this year and share their stories…

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Here’s what they had to say…

Symone: “A visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival has been a school holiday staple in our family for a few years now. Located at the foothills of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, it’s a beautiful location for a family day out.”

Emma: “For someone who had never been I wondered am I just going to see a bunch of beautiful flowers, boy was I wrong. The abundance of tulips , manicured gardens, live entertainment plus activities galore just to name a few things on the day.”

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S: “There’s so much free entertainment too, especially during the Children’s Weeks. We got to see an awesome Australian Animal Show, before PJ masks hit the stage. It had a dingo, lizards, snakes, birds and a croc, my kids were mesmerised. We even got the opportunity to pat and hold some of the stars! The PJ Masks Show was a winner too. Lots of singing and dancing and the costumes were great.”

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E: “We took a walk through the gardens playing some dutch games , taking some funny photos and playing in the fairy gardens. All the while trying to catch the time on the white rabbits pocket watch as 2018’s theme is Wonderland.

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E: “We then sat down for a snack of some beautiful dutch pancakes and coffee , the food choices went on for days was heaps to choose from and all smelt equally amazing.”

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S: “If you’re happy to pay for entertainment, the tractor ride is a must. Tickets are $5 each or $15 for a family of four. It takes you on a pleasant, although quite bumpy, ride around the tulips. There’s also some incredibly talented face painters. At $10 a pop it’s pretty steep but they don’t hold back to make it special (think glitter, jewels and plenty of time to create a detailed masterpiece). It was about a 20 minute wait but the line moves reasonably quickly and there’s seating available.”

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E: “The boys joined in the drumming work shop too which we all enjoyed and lastly we took the all special photo in the giant clog.”

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S: “In previous years my children would tip toe (and run) through the rows of tulips for hours. Stopping to smell them and admire the most beautiful ones. I couldn’t believe how enthralled they could be with nature. I was so disappointed that this year the tulips were roped off. You could still see them and walk around the beds but it just wasn’t the same.”

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Sounds like the ladies had fun, but I have to say I agree with Symone that I’m a little sad that tip-toeing through the tulips appears to be a thing of the past. But the Wonderland stuff does sound like a fun addition to 2018!

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All in all though lots of fun to be had.  For more info on the festival head to http://tulipfestival.com.au/

Thanks for guest reviewing Symone and Emma!!

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