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 for information are:
Dandenong Ranges – www.visitdandenongranges.com.au
Yarra Valley – www.visityarravalley.com.au
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](Sky High Mt Dandenong?target=_blank) 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.
Valley Ranges Getaways have an array of accommodation on offer with two tickets for the price of one for all bookings during the Tulip Festival. Stay somewhere special and save.
Mountain Lodge is running a special offer during the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Book directly with Julie, for a two night stay for just $480 per couple, amd receive a complimentary double pass to the festival, a bottle of sparkling wine, afternoon tea and awake to home baked bread and a scrumptious breakfast. Mountain Lodge accommodation offers a private and romantic getaway in the Dandenong Ranges, surrounded by national parks and an array of local bird life.
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.