With the arrival of spring, Victoria’s gardens, parks, paddocks and pastures burst to life with seasonal blooms flowering in the golden sunshine.
From visiting botanic gardens within Melbourne to heading further afield on a wildflower viewing road trip, springtime is the right time to visit Victoria.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival (14 September – 13 October 2019) is a colourful celebration of tulip growing. Visitors can witness the spectacle of almost a million tulips spread out over 25 acres of farmland at this popular event, located 60 minutes from Melbourne. A rotating list of food, wine, entertainment and activities ensures all ages are taken care of, including a Turkish Weekend (14-15 September), Dutch Weekend (20-22 September) and Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend (27-29 September). In addition to the flowers, there is daily live entertainment and market stalls, tractor rides, performances, souvenirs, games for all and much more. 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan, Victoria, 3795. (03) 9737 7722.
Yarra Valley’s premiere cherry producer, CherryHill Orchards will once again present the stunning CherryHill Blossom Festival, where visitors can wander through rows and rows of gorgeous cherry blossoms, sip on cherry-based drinks, enjoy live music and entertainment for the whole family while feasting on different cuisines from a stellar food truck line-up. From 26 September – 6 October visitors can enjoy the magical sights of Japan right here in Victoria, stroll through the cherry blossoms and soak up the gorgeous views of the Yarra Valley. The orchard’s signature Cherish Spritzer will be available and expect a collaboration with Yarra Valley’s Four Pillars Gin to be paired with the spritzer for a delicious and refreshing sip. CherryHill Orchards, Queens Road, 474, Wandin East, Victoria, 3139. 1300 243 779.
Located on the edge of Bendigo’s historic city centre, sprawling Rosalind Park offers 60 acres of green space for locals and visitors to meander. Lush lawns, towering gums and manicured gardens provide the ideal backdrop for dog walking, picnicking and lazy afternoons of book reading in the sunshine. Springtime floral displays can be found in the conservatory and impressive tulip garden, with thousands of bulbs planted by local horticulturalists in autumn for guests to view and enjoy in spring.
An easy drive or train ride from Melbourne, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens was established in the mid-1800s and has grown to include one of the world’s most impressive begonia collections. Enjoying prime position right on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat Botanical Gardens is visited by resident native birds all year round. Visitors can wander the impressive grounds to find the blooming azalea and camellia gardens and visit the conservatory where spring bulbs bloom during spring.
Located in Spa Country just ten minutes north of Daylesford, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is a rustic property home to European-style gardens that come to life in spring. For a $4 entry fee guests can wander the grounds of the property, admiring the 1850s stone buildings and romantic gardens that have been carefully curated for generations. While the lavender may not be in full bloom until summer, spring is still a good time to visit, with the La Primavera Festival (27 October 2019) featuring parades, song, dance and workshops. With the onsite café providing everything from lavender scones with jam and cream to grazing platters overflowing with olives, cheese and cured meats, Lavandula is ripe for a weekend getaway.