Top 6 Australian flower festivals to brighten your spring
Nothing better signals the arrival of spring than a display of bright, colourful flowers carpeting the landscape. It’s a comforting sign, indicating that the cold and wet of winter has passed (for many Australians) and plenty of sun-kissed days lie ahead.
A stack of destinations around Australia embrace the floral theme by hosting flower festivals each spring. In fact, some of these festivals have a history that dates more than half a century, and they attract big crowds. And with more than 180 parks scattered across Australia, BIG4 has fantastic accommodation that can put you at the heart of the action.
Here are half a dozen annual Australian flower festivals that have caught our eye.
1. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Queensland (16-25 September 2016)
Considering it has earned the title of the ‘Garden City’ – owing to its plethora of public parks and gardens – it is little surprise that Toowoomba has an annual flower festival.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is entering its 67th year and is more than just a celebration of all things flora. The 10-day festival focuses on a wide range of themes, including food and wine, music, fashion, and the arts. A range of garden tour options gives dedicated green thumbs the opportunity to witness a bunch of floral displays with ease. Family-friendly events provide widespread appeal.
Upwards of 20 venues play host to this Queensland event, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
Where to stay: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.
2. Bright Spring Festival, Victoria (15 October-1 November 2016)
The Victorian town of Bright is a kaleidoscope of colour, and in spring it truly blossoms. The Bright Spring Festival has been held for more than 25 years and has a wide assortment of open gardens to admire.
While here, enjoy the opportunity to talk directly to the gardening experts. Along with the garden displays are markets, workshops, art exhibitions, foodie events, and even a fireworks display.
3. Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan, Victoria (8 September-4 October 2016)
Remaining in Victoria, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival has been an eye-catching affair since 1954. Located in Silvan in the the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne, the festival features a mind-blowing collection of tulips – more than half a million of them are on show.
If you can pry yourself away from this glorious display – possibly when your camera battery has given up – there is much more to grab your attention. Market stalls, live entertainment, tractor rides, and various themed days enhance the festival’s appeal.
Where to stay: BIG4 Yarra Valley Holiday Park in Healesville.
4. Kings Park Festival, Perth, Western Australia (1-30 September 2016)
Dating back more than half a century, the Kings Park Festival is a Perth institution. The event showcases a remarkable display of wildflowers at a time when they are at their blooming best, presented at a majestic venue that receives plenty of attention year round. Free guided wildflower walks are great for floral fanatics, and live music and family fun days ensure the festival has even more appeal.
5. Renmark Rose Festival, South Australia (14-23 October 2016)
The South Australian town of Renmark springs to life each October as it celebrates a floral favourite – the rose. The Renmark Rose Festival is entering its 22st year and features a jam-packed assortment of events spread across a host of venues.
The festival stems from a desire to promote Renmark as the Rose Capital of Australia, and for 10 days this South Australian town certainly upholds that aim.
There are a stack of open gardens that visitors can wander around. The premier find is Ruston's Rose Garden, which houses the National Rose Collection. Along with the chance to admire rows and rows of roses are various activities and demonstrations.
The neighbouring towns of Loxton and Waikerie join the party with several open gardens ensuring this event is at its rosiest.
6. Bathurst Spring Spectacular, New South Wales (29-30 October 2016)
The Bathurst Spring Spectacular (31 October-1 November 2015) ensures this New South Wales town is cloaked in colour. The festival features 10 gardens when they are at their brightest and best; each one different from the next. These immaculate gardens provide plenty of fine photo opportunities and proceeds from this event go to local charities.
Where to stay: BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park.
Looking for some other spring flower festivals around Australia? Try Floriade in Canberra (17 September-16 October) or Tulip Time in the New South Wales city of Bowral (13-25 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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