Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

For those who are in Melbourne and wish to photograph flowers, Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a certainly an event that should not be missed. This wonderful Tulip garden is open for visitors for a month during the early part of spring, normally mid September - mid October. It is also an ideal place for family outing and I am sure each member would enjoy irrespective of age/taste differences.

Yet, I would advise to those having a family and interested in photography to visit this place alone for a photographic adventure. If you cannot find extra time then caution your family members in advance that there is a high chance you may forget them once you reach there to avoid complaints.

Tulip field


  • Car is the best mode of transport, and those crossing Dandenong Ranges can also expect some beautiful scenery on their way. From Melbourne it takes about an hour to reach 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan.
  • Public transport - Take train to Lilydale Station and then from there a shuttle bus to the Tulip Festival.
  • Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm.

Some tips:
  • Group tickets (of 10) are cheap, and you can simply find people to get sufficient head count for the discounted tickets.
  • Student discounts (either group or student) are available by producing student Ids at the ticketing counter. 
  • If possible visit this place at 10 am or on a week-day to avoid too much crowd for better photo shooting.
  • Expect extremely sticky mud spoiling your shoes, and then the floor mat of your car, if you venture between the plants. Wearing a pair of old shoes might be considered and certainly shoes won't be visible if you take photos sitting/standing among plants. 

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