The event that floods Instagram feeds with thousands of vibrant flowers returns to the Dandenong Ranges this September. Now in its 63rd 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 eat of Melbourne. For the food enthusiastic, we would highly recommend pencilling the Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend (September 23-25) 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, marinated strawberries and wood-fired pizzas among the tulips. If you're still not convinced, entry includes complimentary wine and beer tasting.
Similarly, Yarra Ranges Week (September 12-15) will showcase the best of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges with art, unique crafts and fresh, local produce available inside the festival. Indulgent street food options include oliebollen (Dutch goughnuts), traditional Turkish gozleme and deep-fried battered cheese balls.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival runs from September 8 through to October 4. Tickets are available at the farm, but you can buy them online in advance to skip the queue.