Date Visited: 6th October 2012
One of the main reason I choose to visit Melbourne during spring season was for the colourful and heavenly Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Since I didn't have the luck to visit the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam from my previous visit, so no matter how, I was so eager to visit this Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Hence, I spare the whole day of my last day in Melbourne before flying back by visiting this timeless beauty of the tulip festival together with my friend.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival is held once every year from middle of September to middle of October and the location is situated in Monbulk Road, Silvan which less than an hours drive from Melbourne city center. Don't worry if you do not have any access to a vehicle, there will always be an alternative method to get to Tesselaar Tulip Festival by taking the public transport. (Refer below on how to travel by public transport) But then, it is advisable to pre-plan your public transport trip to ensure your day is hassle free.
#1: After more than 2 hours train and bus ride, finally we reached Tesselaar Tulip Festival
The entrance to this festival is not free, if you are wondering. It cost AUD$18 (approx. to RM60) but the admission fee will be revised every year. From the official website, the admission fee for this year is AUD$20. Looks like the luck wasn't on our side cause by the time we arrived, it was raining heavily and it won't stop for the rest of the day.
#14: Eventually I thought these were lavenders, but then they were actually lupin flowers. No wonder they didn't smell like lavender
#15: Breathtaking display of over a million spring flowering bulbs
#18: Just when I thought alpacas can only been seen in South America, I bumped them here. What's alpaca if you are wondering? Kindly please google cause it's hardly for me to explain
We spend more than two hours here before decided to leave here permanently and back to the city town.
#19: Look! A giant purse in Bourke Street Mall (Thanks to Cubie for the info)
#20: Dinner on my last night in Melbourne - Japanese ramen at Kokoro Ramen Melbourne. It was too scrumptious that make me wanna fly back to Melbourne just for a bowl of hot ramen.
#21: Before back to my friend's hostel, my friend recommended me to try this Lord of the Fries. It's not really that bad, but then not as good as I thought.
So, that's my travel stories on the day before leaving Melbourne soon.
How To Get To Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Saturday and Sunday
1. Board a Train from Melbourne to Lilydale Station.
2. At Lilydale Station catch the Tesselaar Tulip Festival shuttle bus (which departs 5 minutes after the train arrives at the Lilydale station. Cost $3 for a return ticket.
Monday to Friday
1. Board a Train to Lilydale Station.
2. Board the Route 663 Bus from Lilydale Station to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival