Have you ever wanted to walk through fields of beautiful coloured tulips?
Thankfully an expensive flight to Europe to visit the tulip fields of Holland aren’t necessary.
Australias smallest state, Tasmania boasts one of the biggest and best tulip fields for you to enjoy. They even have a festival to celebrate the blooming of the tulips!
Bloomin’ Tulips Festival
The Bloomin’ Tulip festival is one of the best free festivals on the north-west coast of Tasmania.
The festival held in early October around Gutteridge Gardens coincides with the tulip blooming season at the nearby Table Cape Tulip Farm and is a combination of live music, local food and beverage stalls, market stalls, displays, amusement rides and more.
The festival attracts a large turnout of stallholders and stretches along the lengths of the picturesque shores of the Inglis River in the heart of the Wynyard township.
Enjoy one of the many amusements rides on offer or choose one of the thirst-quenching beverages including local craft beers, wines, ciders and ginger beers and relax on the grass and enjoy an afternoon of live music.
Grab a bite of lunch at one of the many food stalls offering delicious local foods, including delicious meats and cheeses from all over Tasmania or simply wander the foreshore visiting the local arts and craft stalls and displays.
Finish off a wonderful day of drinks, food and entertainment with a dazzling fireworks display over the river.
Table Cape Tulip Farm
Looming like a giant sentinel over the north-west Tasmanian town of Wynyard, Table Capes sheer size and position make it an unmissable landmark in the region.
Standing at 180 metres high and jutting out into the Bass Strait, Table Cape is the remnant of a once active volcano. The capes distinct shape was created when liquid magma filled the volcano’s core, leaving the round, flat-topped volcanic plug we see today.
The rich volcanic soil makes the cape an ideal location for farming, and this is exactly the place the Roberts-Thomson’s family decided to grow some of the worlds best tulips.
The Table Cape Tulip Farm operated by Van Diemen’s Quality Bulbs has been growing a variety of stunning tulips to supply the flower bulb market since they first imported tulip bulbs from Holland in 1984.
Over 30 years later, the tulip farm has become a hugely popular attraction for the Wynyard region when once a year from late September until the end of October the public can walk amongst the fields of blooming tulips.
Walking among the rows and rows of stunning tulips you’ll see a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours, which contrast sharply with the dark volcanic soil to create a kaleidoscope of colours off into the distance.
The tulip fields are rather extensive and cover several hectares in size which they say makes them the largest tulip fields in the southern hemisphere that you can wander around and get lost in.
Once you’ve finished enjoying your walk around the fields, head indoors to view beautiful floral arrangements, buy a souvenir or two, enjoy a Devonshire tea or buy some tulip bulbs to begin your very own tulip garden.
- Adult: 12 AUD
- Child: 2 AUD (6-17 years. Under 6 years free)
Table Cape Tulip Farm is open daily from 09:00-17:00 from 26th September until the end of October.
Check the official website for up to date information.
- Car park
- Gift shop
Address: 363 Table Cape Road, Table Cape. Tasmania, Australia.
Click to view the map to Table Cape Tulip Farm.
When To Visit
The tulips are best viewed during the end of the first week until the end of the second week of October.
- Avoid wearing expensive shoes and clothing to the tulip fields as the red volcanic soil can cause staining
- Large ruts in the soil can cause trips. Care should be taken when walking among the fields to avoid a fall or rolling an ankle
Table Cape Tulip Farm is a beautiful and popular attraction in north-west Tasmania. It’s a popular spot for photographers and flower lovers and a nice place to spend a few hours admiring the colourful tulips.
The Bloomin’ Tulips Festival is one of the best festivals we’ve attended in Tasmania. The scenery is lovely and there is plenty of fun activities, food and beverages to enjoy. We highly recommend both.
- Table Cape Lookout
- Table Cape Lighthouse
- Lobster Ponds