Floriade Alternative: Tuliptop Gardens

ant 4 October 2008 9

Most people have probably noticed that there’s a tulip garden open on the road to Sydney, just past Macs Reef Road. It’s been there a few years now, open in Spring around the same time as Floriade. Today we headed out to take a look, figuring Floriade would be a zoo. We were really impressed, it was a pleasant outing in a magnificently well-planned and executed garden

Entering TulipTop

It was still raining gently on and off, which made the colours even prettier. And the best thing, there was barely anyone there!

It’s set in a gully, with a line of mature gum trees. There’s lawns, paths, flower beds, and well-placed young feature willows, prunus, manchurian pear and heaps of crabapple trees, that are in full blossom right now.

And tulips, of course.

Pink tulips and blossom trees

There is also a hillside with a viewing point down into the gully, which is spectacular. I forgot to take a picture of that though, so you’ll have to go yourself.

They have a big tea-tent and basic tea and coffee are free with admission (there’s fancier food and beverages for those who want them). there’s also some art and craft tents staffed by the people who made the stuff they’re selling, which was nice.

More tulips

Admission is $10 per adult, $9 for oldies, and probably less for kids. There’s group discounts for, I think, 10 or more too. It’s a private garden, upkeep of it must cost a fortune so I thought it was a fair price. It was a very friendly and relaxed place to go, and a nice alternative to the milling crowds at Floriade.

Their website is here: http://www.tuliptopgardens.com.au/ and they’re only open till 12 October.

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9 Responses to Floriade Alternative: Tuliptop Gardens
Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 8:30 am 06 Oct 08

I heard that the Karismakatz are playing next Sunday, too. Overhead – can you confirm or deny??


Overheard Overheard 6:23 am 06 Oct 08

bundahgirl said :

Cassidy’s Ceili is playing there each afternoon too 1-5 I think!

Beat me to the punch! I ran into Sandy the fiddle-player the other week and he said he’s playing out there. (Call him Sanji and tell him I sent you — it was a misprint on a showbill for a festival we were performing at a few years ago and I made sure the name stuck!)

Granny Granny 6:00 pm 05 Oct 08

We went there for my birthday nine years ago. It was lovely even then, but has improved so much since judging by these photos. I would love to make it back out there again.

someoneincanb someoneincanb 5:48 pm 05 Oct 08

Looks beautiful. Flowers look way more plentiful in your photos than what I saw at Floridade. Like the size of the crowds in those photos too 🙂 I’ll give it a go, thanks for the tip and pictures.

ant ant 8:27 am 05 Oct 08

We didn’t want to leave! I think we must have gone around 3 times, taking different routes each time. It was so quiet and tranquil, the people there like us just enjoying it quietly. People were friendly, too, we struck up conversations with other visitors, and the stall holders were eager to chat with everyone. It was really nice.

They had a sign pinned up at the ticket booth about an Elvis impersonator doing shows there, and there was meant to be music on when we visited but the rain had prevented that. I forgot to mention, they had a best-of classical orchestral pieces CD playing through hidden speakers through the entire garden, and it really worked well. Wandering through endless blossom trees listening to the prologue of the 2nd act of Traviata is rather pleasant.

bundahgirl bundahgirl 12:57 am 05 Oct 08

Cassidy’s Ceili is playing there each afternoon too 1-5 I think!

OzChick OzChick 10:42 pm 04 Oct 08

Wow, this place looks nice. I have often wondered what this place is like. Thanks for the review…

BenMac BenMac 10:40 pm 04 Oct 08

I’ve also been there, and during the dutch pancakes. Definately a place to visit if you like Floriade.

sepi sepi 10:36 pm 04 Oct 08

We went out there last year. They have one day where you get free dutch pancakes and they have bands etc – was great. Heaps of people had brought picnic lunches and were sitting around under the trees. I meant to do that this year, but have run out of time by the looks.

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