If you’re a flower lover, spring is the best time for flowers in Australia. There are a so many spring flower festivals happening across the country, so jump in the car and get on the road again!
CLOSE TO SYDNEY
Merribee Gardens Open Days
Merribee Gardens is a really gorgeous property near Nowra in the Shoalhaven. Not only is it a beautiful wedding venue, they have stunning gardens that are open to the public on different Sundays from September - November.
Mayfield near Oberon is Australia’s largest privately-owned, cool climate garden. It remains a living legacy of the Hawkins family who took much of their inspiration for this project from several of Europe’s most significant horticultural destinations.
Mayfield is open all year around, but during the annual Spring Festival in September and October, visitors are given access to areas normally closed to the public, with 75 hectares of colourful gardens to explore.
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
The Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan in southwest Sydney is home to some of the country’s best native flower displays. Don’t miss the famous paper daisy display during September and October, as well as gardens filled with waratahs, banksia, flannel flowers and more than 260 species of wattle.
Tulip Time - Corbett Gardens - New South Wales
Dates: Typically held in September
Nestled in the charming town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Corbett Gardens is a hidden gem that comes to life during spring. The gardens are open to the public, and the highlight is the vibrant display of tulips. Visitors can stroll through the meticulously manicured lawns, enjoy picnics, and take in the colorful sights. Don't forget to explore the nearby Southern Highlands, known for its picturesque landscapes.
A BIT FURTHER AFIELD
Floriade - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Dates: Mid-September to Mid-October
Kicking off our list is Floriade, Australia's premier flower festival held annually in Canberra. This iconic event runs from mid-September to mid-October and is renowned for its breathtaking displays of over one million flowers. It’s known as Australia’s “Festival of Spring” and a feast for the scenes - there are walks through themed gardens, workshops, displays and horticultural demonstrations.
Grafton Jacaranda Festival
The historic town of Grafton, located alongside the Clarence River on the NSW North Coast, is known as the 'Jacaranda Capital'. There are more than 2,000 jacaranda trees across town – including the oldest in the state – and they celebrate the iconic trees each year at the Grafton Jacaranda Festival. Held in late October and early November, it’s the longest-running flower festival in Australia. There are street parades and themed floats, markets, live performances, fireworks and even the crowning of a jacaranda queen.
The Yellow Canola Trail
The Riverina region of southern NSW turns golden in spring, thanks to the canary-yellow canola flowers that cover rolling pastures and hillsides. From August to early October, follow the Canola Trail to explore idyllic country towns and villages – including Junee, Temora and Coolamon. Visit wineries and restaurants, and learn about the area’s history, all the while surrounded by blooms.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers - Queensland
Dates: On now until 30 September
Known as the "Garden City," Toowoomba comes alive in September during the Carnival of Flowers. This regional event is famous for its grand floral parade with amazing colourful floats with vibrant blooms. Explore the city's magnificent gardens, including the stunning Laurel Bank Park and Queens Park, and enjoy live music, food stalls, and garden tours. With over 170,000 blooms on display, Toowoomba is a special one for Queenlanders!
Tesselaar Tulip Festival - Victoria
Dates: Mid-September to Mid-October
Located in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a floral paradise showcasing over one million tulips! It’s a celebration of Turkish, Dutch and Irish cultures with acres of tulips creating a kaleidoscope of colour.
Kings Park Festival - Perth, Western Australia
Kings Park, located in the heart of Perth, is a natural wonderland year-round, but it truly shines during the Kings Park Festival in September. This event highlights Western Australia's native flora, including the iconic wildflowers. Take guided walks, participate in workshops, and enjoy the dazzling wildflower displays throughout the park. The combination of cityscape and natural beauty makes this festival truly unique.
For more flower adventure inspo, check out our post about Flower Pilgrimages we are Dreaming About.