I’m not sure how long the Tulip festival has been happening but somewhere along the way it has become a quintessential thing to do in Melbourne.
We went on the start of a long weekend- the Grand Final Parade day because we thought it wouldn’t be very crowded since the crowd would (potentially) be spread over three days. However, when we got there around 2pm, the car park was very crowded. The weather hadn’t been too bad throughout the day, a little cold but sometimes with the sun shining through the clouds so I suppose it made sense. I’m always glad that we book tickets online through because the line to buy tickets was quite long.
The staff were dressed in folk costumes from Holland complete with clogs, because, as we later found out, the couple who started this immigrated to Melbourne from Holland.
The place was very much family friendly. There was flowers, there was live music, and there was food stalls. What more could you ask for really, for a great day out.
There was even a sculpture competition going on. Sculptures were embedded throughout the grounds from different artists. From what I could gather, there didn’t seem to be a particular theme to the sculptures but nonetheless they added to the ambience.
What I particularly liked about the festival was that they make a point of advertising and highlighting local attractions and talents. Indeed, there was a stall there with products made from alpaca wool.The lady who ran the place had even brought along some alpacas so kids can pet them!
Because this is the first time that we went, I’m not sure how much it changes from year to year. All in all, it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon in Melbourne. 🙂