There is a new found energy as locals and visitors alike browse the open air markets, enjoy incredible walks and attend the many events that Tasmania has to offer.
In Hobart, festivities begin with the Spring Community Festival in early October. This event is not only a showcase of Tasmanian botanica but also a great experience for the whole family. Alternatively, if you are in Tasmania outside of this period there is still much to do. The Salamanca Market is held year round and has a large selection of Tasmanian produce, arts and crafts, with well-established gardens and parks just a short walk away. Other events which may excite those traveling over the new year period include the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and The Taste of Tasmania.
Along with these much anticipated spring festivals there are a number of private gardens which open up to the public. These include the Pear Walk in Lalla near Lilydale, a property which dates back over a century with giant established gardens, an avenue of 100 year old pear trees and a beautiful lake with a resident platypus. This event opens on the 27th of September however numbers are limited, so be sure to plan in advance.
One of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed convict sites, Woolmers Estate in Longford is worth of a visit any time of year. However, in spring its beautiful Georgian era buildings set the backdrop for a collection of the finest roses in the southern hemisphere; this historic arrangement include an 80 meter rose arbor planted with 72 climbing roses.
The Annual Bloomin’ Tulips Festival is another spectacular floral display, held in Wynyard on the 11th October. The annual Bloomin’ Tulips Festival is Waratah-Wynyard’s annual celebration of everything that is colourful, beautiful and charming about not only the tulips that adorn Table Cape, but also our municipality.
The major event within the three week calendar of events will be the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival – a one day event to be held on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014.
The festival is held in conjunction with the blooming of the bulbs from the farm at Table Cape, attracting a market like group of stallholders, performing acts and local produce providers and concluding with a fireworks display.
If you’re unable to attend these events and are visiting Tasmania from late November to the end of summer the Bridstowe Lavender Estate will be in full bloom. The 90 year old commercial lavender farm covers around 265 acres and is open to the public.
Whether you fly to Tasmania and hire a car or bring your own on the Spirit of Tasmania, a vehicle is essential to visit these popular events which are sure to please the most discerning of flower lovers.
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