Top 6 Australian flower festivals to brighten your spring

Pink rose from Ruston's Rose Garden

Tesselaar Tulip Festival showcases colourful flowers, delicious food and fun events over the course of several weeks. Image credit: Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Colours, colours, oh glorious colours.

Nothing encapsulates the arrival of spring better than a bunch of bright, colourful, and eye-catching flowers carpeting the landscape. And, fortunately, it's a sight celebrated across the country.

Various destinations around Australia embrace the floral theme by hosting time-honoured, vibrant flower festivals each spring. Get along to one of these six annual Australian flower festivals for a bloomin' good day out.


1. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, QLD (15-24 September 2017)

With the title of the ‘Garden City’, it’s fitting that Toowoomba has an annual flower festival. Fast approaching its 70th birthday, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a massive celebration of all things flora. For 10 days, the city is buzzing as various venues host food and wine events, musical entertainment, fashion, train rides, and much more. Garden tours provide dedicated green thumbs the opportunity to witness a bunch of floral displays with ease.

Visit when staying at: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.

Queens Park Botanical Gardens during Carnival of Flowers

Queens Park Botanical Gardens is just one of the locations ablaze with colourful blooms during Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

2. Bright Spring Festival, VIC (21 October-7 November 2017)

The beautiful town of Bright is used to living up to its name year-round but in spring it truly blossoms. And the Bright Spring Festival celebrates this kaleidoscope of colour through a wide assortment of excellent events. There are fireworks, fetes, fairs, and foodie events; markets and art exhibitions, and, of course, plenty of gardens to admire. Better still, you can speak directly with gardening experts. Held for more than a quarter of a century, the festival is not to be missed. 

Visit when staying at: BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.


3. Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan, VIC (14 September-10 October 2017) 

Come early September, the small Dandenong Ranges town of Silvan has a spring in its step as the fields come alive with colourful tulips. And not just a few of them but a staggering half-a-million-plus tulips. Held since 1954, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival also features market stalls and a wide offering of diverse food inspired by tastes across the globe. It’s backed by live entertainment, tractor rides, and various themed days that add to the festival’s rich appeal.

Visit when staying at: BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park in Healesville or at a BIG4 park in Melbourne.

Orange and yellow tulips

More than half a million tulips are on show at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival each year. Image credit: Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

4. Kings Park Festival, Perth, WA (1-30 September 2017)

You’d be hard pressed to find a better setting for a floral fest. With its sweeping views over the CBD, a visit to Kings Park is one of Perth’s best attractions at any time of year. In September, it’s even more inviting as the Kings Park Festival showcases a remarkable display of wildflowers at a time when they are at their bloomin’ best. Free guided wildflower walks are fantastic for floral fanatics, and live music and family fun days ensure the festival, which dates more than half a century, has even more appeal.

Visit when staying at: Discovery Parks BIG4 – Perth Vineyards and Discovery Parks BIG4 – Perth Airport.

Silhouettes of flowers at sunset

The Kings Park Festival showcases remarkable wildflowers.

5. Renmark Rose Festival, SA (20-29 October 2017)

Roses are red, and all sorts of other colours. And as the Rose Capital of Australia, Renmark certainly demonstrates the diversity of this popular plant. October is the premium time to celebrate this floral favourite, as this beautiful Murray River town is ablaze with colour. The Renmark Rose Festival features a jam-packed assortment of events spread across a host of venues, and has plenty of open gardens that visitors can wander around. The premier find is Ruston's Rose Garden, which houses the National Rose Collection.

Note: the neighbouring towns of Loxton and Waikerie join the party with several open gardens that ensure this event is at its rosiest.

Visit when staying at: BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park or BIG4 Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park.

Ruston's Rose Garden is a must-visit during the Renmark Rose Festival.

6. Bathurst Spring Spectacular, NSW (28-29 October 2017)

Move over petrol-heads – green thumbs take centre stage in Bathurst in late October. The Bathurst Spring Spectacular cloaks this vibrant NSW city in colour, showcasing a cluster of glorious gardens at a time when they are at their brightest and best. These immaculate gardens provide plenty of fine photo opportunities, and proceeds from this event go to local charities.

Visit when staying at: BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park.

View the immaculate gardens on offer at the Bathurst Spring Spectacular.

Looking for other spring flower festivals around Australia? Try Floriade in Canberra (16 September-15 October) or Tulip Time in the New South Wales city of Bowral (12-24 September).

Have you been to any of these events? Or do you know any other flower festivals that deserve recognition? We'd love to know your thoughts – please leave a comment below. 

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