Spring is here – this is where to see the best blooms

The blooms and views at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens are a national seasonal highlight.

The blooms and views at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens are a national seasonal highlight. Photo: Instagram/Royal Botanic Gardens

Connecting us to the season and nature at its most beautiful, spring blossoms are a key event for garden and nature lovers, photographers and romantics.

Think sweeping clouds of cherry blossom, bursts of bulbs, but also golden canola fields, wildflower meadows, rhododendron gardens and jacaranda-lined streets.

With the blossom season a narrow window of opportunity, it’s important to plan in advance. In aid of that, The New Daily has compiled a list of key dates, events, top festivals and gardens nationwide. Get out your diary and dust off the picnic blanket.


Fields of Gold canola tour Cowra (until October 7)

Popular with photographers and three-and-a-half hours’ drive west of Sydney.

Cost: adults $50, children aged four and over $25

There’s golden canola fields as far as the eye can see in NSW during spring. Photo: Linda Moon

Mayfield Garden spring festival, Oberon (October 5-27)

Bring a hat and a spare four hours to ramble through the 75-hectare, cold-climate garden.

Cost: From $15

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, spring walk (until October)

Enjoy the annual display of flowering cherries, bulbs, wisteria, rhododendrons, may and more.

Cost: Free

Grafton Jacaranda Festival (October 25-November 3)

Includes art exhibitions, live music, markets, parades and more.

Cost: Free entry, additional for events


Tulip Top Gardens (until October 13)

Better than Floriade, this four-hectare garden comes alive with blossom, bulbs and classical music.

Cost: Adults $18

Floriade (until October 13)

Includes garden-themed workshops, food, wine, markets, entertainment and over one million bulbs on displays in Commonwealth Park.

Cost: Free

The annual Floriade festival in Canberra is more than just petals. Photo: Getty


Tesselaar Tulip Festival (until October 13)

More than a million bulbs, plus food and entertainment in the Dandenong Ranges.

Cost: Adults $19-29, chidren under 16 free

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The largest display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere, plus rhododendrons, cherries and more across 40 hectares. For what’s in bloom and when, visit the site.

Cost: Free

Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Valley

Enjoy the stunning wisteria arch and other blooms across the season.

Cost: Adults $10, children 16 and under free

The Alowyn Garden and Nursery in Yarra Glen. Photo: Supplied

Cloudehill Gardens, Olinda

Four romantic hectares of garden to explore in the Dandenong Ranges.

Cost: Adults $10, children free


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (September 20-29)

Technically, the carnival might be over – say it ain’t so! – but Queensland’s garden city is still blooming with bulbs and flowering annuals (across the Botanic Gardens, Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park).

Cost: Free admission, extra for ticketed events

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers celebrates all that blooms. Photo: Supplied

South Australia

Renmark Rose Festival (October 18-27)

Explore open gardens and events in the rose capital of Australia.

Cost: $2 donation per garden

Clare Valley canola fields

Drive through fields of gold and drop into one of the many wineries in the region. According to photographers, early spring is prime time for blooms.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Wander through the wisteria arch, rose garden, and more. Call the garden to see what’s blooming when.

Cost: Free

The heady scent of wisteria fills Adelaide’s Royal Botanic Gardens in spring. Photo: Supplied

Western Australia

Wildflowers (until late October)

The state hosts a mind-boggling 12,000 wildflower species. Get on a tour, or embark on your own floral hunt. Call the local visitors’ centre or use the WA Visitor Centre’s Wildflower Tracker.

To see spring flowers in Western Australia, just step outside – they’re everywhere. Photo: Linda Moon

Kings Park Festival Perth (September 1-30)

Again, you’ve actually missed this event. But you can still enjoy the wildflowers at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, or join one of the free guided, educational walks.

Cost: Free


Table Cape Tulip Farm (until late October)

Located on the North-West Coast overlooking Bass Strait, the glorious 36-hectare bulb farm opens to the public every spring.

Cost: Adults $12, children $2.

Rows of tulips lead the eye to the rugged coastline at Table Cape Tulip Farm. Photo: Getty

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart

In spring, many of the gardens’ 6500 species of plants, including tulips, lillies and waratahs, show their true colours.   

Cost: Free

Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, Burnie (September to November)

Enjoy a rainbow of more than 22,000 rhododendrons and other flowers. Pop into the annual Cherry Blossom Celebration on October 19.

Cost: Adults $15 ($12 for the cherry blossom day), children enter free.

Northern Territory

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Check out the tropical flowers that bloom during spring.

Cost: Free

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