The Southern Highlands is famed for many things – great food, incredible cold climate wines, fantastic shopping and a the most breathtaking country views in all of NSW, to name only a few.

However, it’s the longstanding Tulip Time festival that brings the crowds from all over Australia, year after year! And why wouldn’t they come here time and again? The array of colours and variety of different petals on display never cease to bring joy and amazement to so many people.

Now in its 56th year, Tulip Time is located in Corbett Gardens in the heart of Bowral, and boasts over 75,000 tulips, 15,000 annuals and an additional 40,000 tulips planted all over the district. You can see them as you enter the area from Mittagong right through to Moss Vale, Sutton Forest and beyond.

This year, the theme is Creating Memories. The charity partner is Dementia Australia and The Wingecarribie Adult Day Care Centre.

Actress, comedienne and Southern Highlands local Noelene Brown is the 2018 ambassador and will be hosting the Community Breakfast on Wednesday the 19th from 7-9am, which will be live broadcast on Radio 2ST, with The Lion’s Club providing a BBQ for all who attend (free entry for until 9am).

There’s also a host of entertainment within Corbett Gardens, including local musicians, bands from our wonderful schools, folk dancing and more. There will be Artists in Residence throughout the week, including Heidi McGeoch, Peter Baron and Hetty Thompson and workshops including Posy Making and Pop Up Puppets.

Four local artists, including Helen Gauchat who recently judged the belle property Bowral/Bowral Distract Art Gallery My Highlands Home Art Prize (, have also painted a portrait of Noeline Brown, which will be on display throughout the festival.

The gardens will also be lined with food and shopping stalls, including everything from pizza to vegan food, as well as homewares, health products and fashion items and accessories. The Country Women’s Association Bowral Tea Rooms will be offering Devonshire tea and Finger Sandwiches, while the Seniors Gift Shop and Tea Rooms will serve hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits.

The festival culminates in the Tulip Time Mile Race along Bong Bong Street on Saturday 22 at 1.30pm, which is followed by a colourful street parade at 2.30pm to celebrate the start of spring. It will feature classic and vintage cars, marching bands, floats and walking groups.

Tulip Time begins on Tuesday September 18, 2018 and goes through to Monday October 1..It is open daily from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

Remember that locals get in for free – simply show your drivers’ license with your current address. For non-residents, prices are as follows:

Adults – $12pp

Concession/Pensioner – $7pp

Children 13-17years – $7pp

Children 12years and under – free (accompanied by an adult)

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I hope you enjoy the festival and I look forward to seeing you there!

Love, DI xx


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Pictures of parade and festival courtesy Southern Highlands Tulip festival. Tulip pictures by Shonagh Walker.