Last weekend we visited Araluen Botanical Gardens for the annual Tulip Festival. This is the first time seeing tulips in Perth! Brought back those memories of the time when I visited Tulip Festival back in Melbourne with Wai Ying.
We saw a special pair of tulips loving and caring for each other. Tee hee hee.
I don't think tulips have any fragrance because I couldn't smell anything. Haha.
The entrance fees was actually very expensive, costing AUD 15 per adult but luckily we bought the Perth Entertainment Book which entitles us to a free ticket. It is only especially expensive because of the Tulip Festival. After mid-October, the price drops to AUD 6.
Not surprisingly, the garden was full of people, especially since it was Father's Day in Australia. There were many families all geared up with picnic baskets, chairs and ball. Everyone was having a good time.
Tonnes of people in the background
The theme for this Tulip Festival is the Dutch and Turkish theme. I wasn't sure if it was because it was Father's Day but that there was entertainment going on with a group of people dressed up in their fancy costumes dancing and singing. There were some ladies dressed up in the traditional Dutch costumes in their clogged shoes walking around too but we did not take pictures with them.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn't really very good. It had been raining the past few days before the visit. In fact, on the day that we went to Araluen, there was intermittent showers. At times, we had to put on our sunnies and remove our jackets and at times we had to pull out our brollies and zip up our jackets. Oh it was so hard. One minute it was cold, rainy and windy and another minute it was perfect for a photoshoot!
Among the sea of colourful tulips
Since we were there and since we had already paid so much, we walked around the park again, revisiting the places that we went years ago.
Honestly, we felt that the festival wasn't worth that entrance fee, even though the money may be going to maintaining the park. Even though the Tulip Festival only began 2 weeks ago, the majority of the tulips had already bloomed or withered. :( I couldn't imagine if we visited Araluen a week later.