Nothing better signals the arrival of spring than a display of bright, colourful flowers carpeting the landscape. It’s a comforting sign, indicating that the cold and wet of winter has passed and plenty of sun-kissed days lie ahead.
A stack of destinations around Australia embrace the floral theme by hosting annual flower festivals each spring. In fact, some of these festivals have a history that dates more than half a century – and they are getting bigger and better each year. And with more than 180 parks scattered across Australia, BIG4 has fantastic accommodation that can put you right at the heart of the action.
Considering it has earned the title of the ‘Garden City’ – owing to its plethora of public parks and gardens – it is little surprise that Toowoomba has an annual flower festival. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (19-28 September 2014) is entering its 65th year and is more than just a celebration of all things flora. The 10-day festival focuses on a wide range of themes, including food and wine, music, fashion, and the arts. A range of garden tour options gives dedicated green thumbs the opportunity to witness a bunch of floral displays with ease. Family-friendly events provide widespread appeal.
Upwards of 20 venues play host to this Queensland event, which attracted a whopping 115,000-plus people in 2013. If you require accommodation, look no further than BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.
The Victorian town of Bright is a kaleidoscope of colour, and in spring it truly blossoms. The Bright Spring Festival (18 October-4 November 2014) has been held for more than 25 years and has a wide assortment of open gardens to admire. While here, enjoy the opportunity to talk directly to the gardening experts. Along with the garden displays are markets, workshops, art exhibitions, foodie events, and even a fireworks display.
Remaining in Victoria, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival (11 September-7 October 2014) has been an eye-catching affair since 1954. Located in Silvan, south of Melbourne, the festival features a mind-blowing collection of tulips – more than half a million of them are on show. If you can pry yourself away from this glorious display – possibly when your camera battery has given up – there is much more to grab your attention. Market stalls, live entertainment, tractor rides, and various themed days enhance the festival’s appeal.
Having celebrated its 50th birthday last year, the Kings Park Festival (1-30 September 2014) is a Perth institution. The event showcases a remarkable display of wildflowers when they are at their blooming best at a majestic venue that receives plenty of attention no matter the time of year. Free guided wildflower walks are great for floral fanatics, and live music and family fun days ensure the festival has even more appeal.
The South Australian town of Renmark springs to life each October as it celebrates a floral favourite – the rose. The Renmark Rose Festival (17-26 October 2014) is entering its 20th year and features a jam-packed assortment of events spread across a host of venues. The festival stems from a desire to promote Renmark as the Rose Capital of Australia, and for 10 days this South Australian town certainly upholds that aim.
There are a stack of open gardens that visitors can wander around. The premier find is Ruston’s Rose Garden, which houses the National Rose Collection. Along with the chance to admire the rows of roses are various activities and demonstrations. The neighbouring towns of Loxton and Waikerie join the party with several open gardens enabling this event to be even rosier.
The Bathurst Spring Garden Spectacular (25-26 October 2014) ensures this New South Wales town is cloaked in colour. The festival features 10 gardens when they are at their brightest and best; each one different from the next. These immaculate gardens provide plenty of fine photo opportunities and proceeds from this event go to local charities.
There’s no better base to enjoy this weekend than the BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park.
Plan your hour of flower power by checking out www.BIG4.com.au and while you are there, take a look at some of the other 180 parks across Australia.