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
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.
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.
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.