You bloomin’ beauty!
A sea of colour blanketing the landscape is a fantastic way to welcome spring, and fortunately it's a sight celebrated across the country.
Various destinations around Australia embrace the floral theme by hosting fabulous flower festivals each spring. These action-packed events are bursting with activities.
Head down the garden path and get along to one of these floral favourites…
Please note: Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape, event info may change. Please check official festival websites for the latest info.
Fittingly, the ‘Garden City’ has an amazing annual flower festival. First held in 1950, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers showcases the city’s parks and gardens in all their colourful glory. But that’s just for starters. Food and wine events, musical entertainment, markets, train rides, a parade, and more all help create a month-long floral extravaganza.
Book now: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.
The beautiful town of Bright is used to living up to its name year-round and in spring it truly blossoms. Bright Spring Festival celebrates this kaleidoscope of colour through various excellent events. There are fireworks, markets, dedicated walks, and plenty of gardens to admire. Held for more than 25 years, the festival is not to be missed.
From early September, the small Dandenong Ranges town of Silvan has a spring in its step as the fields come alive with colourful tulips – almost a million of them! Founded in 1954, Tesselaar also features market stalls and a wide assortment of food with a notable Dutch influence. It’s backed by live entertainment, tractor rides, and various themed days that add to the festival’s rich appeal.
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 the beautiful Murray River town is ablaze with colour. The 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.
Note: Neighbouring towns, including Loxton and Waikerie, join the party with several open gardens, too.
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 and Botanic Garden is one of Perth’s best attractions at any stage. In September, it’s even more inviting when this event takes centre stage. Free guided walks are fantastic for floral fanatics, and live music and family fun days ensure the festival has widespread appeal.
Book now: BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park.
The Bathurst Spring Spectacular cloaks this vibrant NSW city in colour, showcasing a cluster of glorious gardens at their brightest and best. Live music and markets also feature, and proceeds from this event go to local charities. Elsewhere in Bathurst, historical Machattie Park is a must-visit in spring.
Book now: NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park.
Try Floriade in Canberra (11 September-10 October 2021) or Tulip Time in the NSW city of Bowral (17 September-4 October 2021).