You bloomin’ beauty!
A sea of colour blanketing the landscape is a fantastic way to welcome spring.
Fortunately, it's a sight celebrated across the country.
Various destinations around Australia embrace the floral theme by hosting annual flower festivals. These action-packed events are bursting with activities.
Head down the garden path and get along to one of these floral favourites…
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, a parade, cinema under the stars, and much more all help create a month-long floral extravaganza.
Stay at: BIG4 Toowoomba.
When: October- November.
The beautiful High Country town of Bright is used to living up to its name year-round and in spring it truly blossoms. The Bright Spring Festival celebrates this kaleidoscope of colour through various engaging events and activities, including fireworks, markets, dedicated walks, and even a drive-in cinema. Naturally, there are gardens galore to admire.
When September rolls around, the small Dandenong Ranges town of Silvan has a spring in its step. 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.
Renmark is the Rose Capital of Australia, so fittingly it’s at the heart of this floral favourite. The beautiful Murray River town is ablaze with colour in spring and the festival celebrates the visual delights with a jam-packed assortment of activities spread across a host of venues. In more recent times, the gala has expanded to incorporate neighbouring towns, including Loxton and Waikerie.
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 time. In September, it’s even more inviting when this event takes centre stage. Free guided walks are a hit with floral fanatics and art displays and family fun days ensure the festival has widespread appeal.
Stay at: BIG4 Perth.
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. Elsewhere in Bathurst, historical Machattie Park is a must-visit in spring.
Stay at: NRMA Bathurst.