Australia 2013
Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania
September 14-21, 2013


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September 18th

Arrive at Royal Botanic Gardens and undertake a tour of the gardens.

The Royal Botanic Gardens have been acclaimed as one of the most outstanding public gardens in the world. The 35.4 hectares boast a living exhibition of some 60,000 species of plant life and rolling lawns give the gardens a sense of tranquil spaciousness. The gardens feature lakes and streams which are home to many wild waterbirds. Open every day of the year, 7.30am to 8.30pm November to March & 7.30am to 5.30pm April to October.

Our time was short but what a place to visit. Off to lunch, then we head to Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

It all began in 1939 with Dutch migrants; Cees and Johanna Tesselaar leaving Holland on their wedding day with a suitcase full of bulbs. Setting up shop in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges they began growing tulips, an exotic bloom for the time which caused a stir with people jumping the fence to get a closer look. Tesselaar officially opened the gates and celebrated their first Tulip Festival in 1954. From simple beginnings to what is now one of Victoria's major tourist attractions, the success of The Tesselaar Tulip Festival rests entirely with the unique and timeless beauty of the tulip.

There is nothing more captivating than a field of colourful tulips.


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