The event that floods Instagram feeds with thousands of vibrant flowers has returned to the Dandenong Ranges. Now in its 64th year, the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival features over a million tulips planted across 25 acres of farmland.
If the stunning sight of a million (yes, it's literally a million) of the bulbous flowers isn't quite enough for you, you'll be happy to know there's heaps of stuff happening at the tulip farm throughout the month, which sits on the cusp of the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley east of Melbourne. For the food enthusiastic, we would highly recommend pencilling the Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend (September 28–30) into your eating plans. Boasting locally-brewed beer, wine and a drool-worthy selection of fresh food from area, you can expect warm, buttery fire-baked scones, artisanal ice cream and wood-fired pizzas among the tulips. If you're still not convinced, entry includes complimentary wine and beer tasting.
Similarly, the Dutch Weekend (September 21–23) will showcase the best that Holland has to offer – other than tulips — with music, markets, unique crafts (wooden tulip-making, anyone?) and Dutch available inside the festival. Or, head by on the Irish Weekend (October 5–7), where Irish pipers and dancing will perform (and plenty of Guinness and Kilkenny-drinking will take place) around the site's floral rainbow
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival runs from Saturday, September 15 through to Sunday, October 14. Tickets are available at the farm, but you can buy them online in advance to skip the queue.