With spring so close you can almost taste it, Melbourne’s famous fair weather festivals like The Spring Racing Carnival, The Royal Melbourne Show, and the AFL Grand Final no longer seem so far away. Whist these events are always fun to attend; they often overshadow the myriad of smaller rural festivals which pop up all over the Victorian countryside during the springtime. To celebrate the charm of these lesser known festivals, this week we’ve listed four of the best to put on your spring bucket list.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival
8th September-4th October
Every spring, 25 acres of farmland in the Dandenong Ranges becomes a floral canvas for almost a million tulips at the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Wandering up and down the endless rows of harlequin coloured tulips will make you feel like you’re in Europe, and when combined with live entertainment and regional food, it makes a great family day out.
TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation
19th August- 6th November
Since 2006, the TarraWarra Biennal has been at the forefront of emerging Australian art and artists. This year’s exhibition examines the themes of continuity, repetition, pauses and punctuation. Many of the pieces use this theme of circularity the join together the past and the future, which reveal and make comment on everything from Australian colonial history to entropy. This is the event to go to if you want to know what’s going on in the Australian arts scene.
2016 Australian Show Jumping Championships
15th– 18th September
If you enjoyed watching the equestrian events at the Olympics, then the Australian Show Jumping Championships is your chance to get up close to the action. Held at the National Equestrian Centre at Werribee Park, the event draws the best riders from around Australia, and it’s not unusual for Championship winners to go on and represent Australia at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games.
The Mildura Country Music Festival
23rd September- 2nd October
One of Australia’s ‘big three’ country music festivals, the Mildura festival is famous for it’s celebration of independent artists, who make up 95% of Australia’s country music industry. The ten-day event is a relaxed, family friendly affair spread out over 25 venues and featuring more than 70 bands and individual artists.
Melbourne on the Move offers a premium charter bus hire service that takes the stress out of travelling to spring events. Get in touch with us today by calling 1300 55 86 86.