In addition to a visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, a trip to the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley area could include any number of wonderful activities.

The best regional websites are:

Dandenong Ranges –

Yarra Valley –

Or try Hotels Combined


Cloudehill gardens in Olinda has stunning borders and so much more.

National Rhododendron Gardens filled with amazing colour throughout spring.

William Ricketts Sanctuary a gorgeous ferny glade with sculpture.

Pirianda Gardens amazing for trees and views and mountain walks.

George Tindale Gardens rarities abound in this beautiful garden.

Alfred Nicholas Garden one of the most photographed gardens of the Dandenongs.

Karwarra Garden has thousands of native plants to enjoy.

Grant’s Picnic Ground has bush walking and bird feeding plus a lovely cafe.

Ferny Creek Horticultural Society established in 1932, this 10 acre property is filled with rarities on a grand scale. Check for opening times or schedule a visit you will be pleased you did.

Alowyn Gardens in the Yarra Valley is four acres of style and grace. In spring it has an awe inspiring spring bulb display.


Puffing Billy Historic Railway ride aboard a steam train through the forest to picturesque villages.

Sky High Mt Dandenong has plenty to do with fabulous views, a maze and gardens too.

Trees Adventure see how the koalas do it as you climb to great heights and take ziplines through the trees.


The Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley have plenty of beautiful and diverse accommodation offerings with attractive options to suit all budgets. See the Experience The Dandenongs or the Visit Yarra Valley websites for their accommodation on offer.

Accommodation Deals:

Clarendon Cottages Sassafras are offering a special package – receive two FREE tickets to the Tulip Festival when you book two nights midweek (Mon-Thur) and also receive a bottle of bubbly and Hahndorf chocolate! Just mention Tulip Festival when you book direct with Clarendon.

Valley Ranges Getaways have an array of accommodation on offer with two for one tickets for all bookings during the Tulip Festival.

CountryPlace is an award-winning retreat, located close to Melbourne at Kalorama in Victoria’s picturesque Dandenong Ranges (only a 10 minute drive from the Tulip Farm).

 Mountain Lodge Luxury Suites is located just 15 minutes away from the Tulip Festival in the Magnificent Dandenong Ranges.

Marybrooke Manor is nestled on the edge of the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.

For the grey nomads or intrepid campers try Lilydale’s Pine Hill Caravan Park.

If you are planning a full day trip or a weekend away, these links will help you plan the best visit possible.