I’ve had a couple of people say to me… ‘So... The Tesselaar Tulip Festival - that’s different! Where did that idea come from?’
To which I say - ‘That is exactly the point. It’s different! And it will be marvellous.’
We’ve got a lot of customers who love all things garden. They come in for a catch up and we chat about whatever they’ve got growing, sharing tricks of the trade. So I knew people would be keen for this event.
But it’s not just about that. To experience this festival - it takes things to a whole new level.
To stand on the hill, looking down at the huge sea of tulips - the vastness of it is astounding. But we’ve included so many other fantastic places on this tour for nature loves.
Plus - it’s just a great part of the world to visit, with so much to see!
A very well organised event
In my humble opinion, people are moving past Floriade. Yes, it’s a stunning display. But, when I plan a tour, it’s gotta be about more than just flowers. It’s got to be a well run event, with all the dynamics in sync.
This is where the Tulip Festival is different. They’ve got the ‘event management’ side of things down to a fine art. We had all the information we needed to build our tour ready from the get go, so we could plan well in advance. They are a great mob to work with.
And I really do think people are ready to see something unique.
Just a great part of the world
After the festival, we travel along the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, which has so much to offer.
A personal favourite, and one I’m very excited about is the William Ricketts Sanctuary. It is just so inspiring! There’s nothing else like it.
It holds over 90 different sculptures depicting the aboriginal people engaging with the earth, in a pure forest setting. They are carved into rocks and tree trunks, reflecting his philosophies of connections with human, nature and the earth.
We also travel to Belgrave and board the Puffing Billy - a first class steam journey with a delicious three course lunch, that goes through the picturesque Emerald Lake Park.
We also cover the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Garden, and the Healesville Sanctuary, where you can explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife.
The whole tour, including the festival, is just a great insight into the ‘grandeur of Victoria.’ And I gotta be honest, you really start to see why they consider themselves a superior state to NSW - they do have a lot going for them. I’ll give them that.
And you know - I will never forget the food
We couldn’t be in this part of the world without stopping in at the Brown Brothers Cellar Door and Restaurant in Milawa.
They are a bit of a regular stop for us, whenever we have tours down there we try to include a visit. You know what they say, when you’re onto a good thing...
You will enjoy a light lunch and of course, some wine tasting. But really, they go hand in hand.
These guys take the time to sit down and teach you how to relate wine to a particular meal. The whole day is about wine appreciation and how it can be best experienced.
And of course, the treats! On our way back to Dubbo we stop at the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory, where you can have one last indulgence (or two!) before you head back to reality.
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