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If you love gardening and flowers, or simply like a good excuse to get away to the countryside for a weekend, we recommend noting this list of spring flower festivals in Australia on your ‘to do’ list or calendar for the year.
The Bowral Tulip Time Festival
If you adore tulips and gardens in general, a country escape to celebrate the Bowral Tulip Time Festival is a smashing idea! This year the Festival will be celebrating its 55th year, aligning with the colour ‘Hot Pink’ and the theme of ‘Mother Nature’. They are also partnering with The Garvan Research Foundation and aligning with the ‘Love your Sister’ campaign, a great cause to support.
The event features planting of up to 100,000 tulip bulbs, centred on Corbett Gardens, in addition to a large number of Open Gardens to visit. Over the duration of the festival, the Southern Highlands will come alive and bloom with colourful activities, offering a multitude of interactive experiences for everyone, from the young visitor to the young at heart, including a Street Parade, Street Markets, Dogs Day Out, Music in the Gardens and children’s entertainment.
Berry Gardens Festival
There is so much to see and do in this scenic part of the Shoalhaven. Why not plan ahead for a special weekend at a beautiful time of the year, when the beach crowds are not there and the countryside and its flowers are at their most bounteous? Berry Gardens Festival offers garden and flower enthusiasts the opportunity to explore eight beautiful open gardens in Berry and surrounds. The gardens are selected for their design, plant varieties and creativity. From vast rural landscapes to small cottage gardens in the town, there is always something new and inspiring to see.
The Festival also raises thousands of dollars for local charities and not-for-profit organisations every year.
Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)
The Cowra Japanese Garden holds an annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) with many exciting cultural experiences to demonstrate the traditional Japanese way of life. Sakura Matsuri is a much loved event in the Cowra cultural calendar. It is a time when the natural beauty of spring and the simple elegance of centuries-old traditional Japanese culture combine in the unique Australian setting of the Cowra Japanese Garden.
Now in its 25th year, Sakura Matsuri has developed into a showcase of Japanese arts, crafts and cultural activities, culminating with a Family Fun Day. Be part of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, learn the secrets of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), calligraphy or bonsai, enjoy beautiful kite flying, watch the skills of the martial art experts or see real Sumo wrestlers in action.
The Floriade Flower Festival
The Floriade flower festival in Canberra is an annual festival brimming with the scents, sounds and sights of the Canberra spring. Held over a month, each year revolves around a different theme translated into the floral displays of that particular year, including vast expanses of flowering bulbs and various other blooming plants in parkland beside the waters of Lake Burley Griffin. And entrance is free!
Floriade also holds ‘Nightfest’ over five nights, where you can see the Festival transformed into an illuminated wonderland after dark. The ticketed twilight event is now in its eighth consecutive year, featuring stellar light shows, live music, comedy and DJs. Whether you would prefer to spend your evening wandering through the night markets or chilling out with a cocktail while listening to some smooth tunes, this moonlit extravaganza has something for you.
Kings Park Festival
Formerly known as Perth’s Wildflower Festival, the Kings Park Festival is a springtime celebration at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. The festival is themed with special and interactive events and spectacular displays of Western Australia wildflowers.
Carnival of Flowers
Nicknamed The Garden City, Toowoomba is a farming and garden mountain community that celebrates its Carnival of Flowers in September over a 10 day period. The Festival includes a Grand Central Floral Parade and the Flower, Food and Wine Festival in Queens Park. Celebrations, competitions and community events take place throughout the carnival.
Bathurst Spring Garden Festival
The Bathurst Spring Garden Spectacular offers 11 spring gardens in and around Bathurst to tour, from formal town gardens to historic and large country gardens. Proceeds go to local charities.
Renmark’s Rose Festival
If you’re a rose or garden lover you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Renmark in October for their annual 10 day long Rose Festival. The festival includes activities, displays and demonstrations that will enthuse and delight those who appreciate natures’ beauty.
Renmark is also the home of Ruston’s Rose Garden which houses the National Rose Collection and has 27 acres planted out to roses and ornamentals.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Visitors will be spellbound by the majesty of over half a million tulips on display at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Tulips are undoubtedly the stars of the show at the Tesselaar Tulip Farm but you will also discover so much more with live entertainment, market stalls and tempting foods. Close to Melbourne, through the enchanted forests of Mount Dandenong, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival (The Tulip Farm) is situated in the hills of Silvan. Tie it in with a weekend jaunt wine tasting in the Yarra Valley!