During spring, the Araluen Botanic Gardens in Perth come alive with tulips for the annual Tulip Festival.
Araluen is located about a 45 minute drive from the city in the beautiful hills of Roleystone.
The park is listed on the Western Australian State Heritage Register and has been recognised internationally for some of the flower varieties grown at the park.
The park is very popular year round, but during the Tulip Festival sees even more visitors than usual. We visited when the park opened at 9am on a Friday and by the time we left at about 11am the car parks were all full and there were lots of people around. I expect on a weekend it would be even busier so plan ahead if you want to beat the crowds.
Food options within the park include the cafe, a coffee hut and a few food trucks – while we were there the food truck options were gozleme, mango juice and donuts. There are also toilets, gazebos and a gift shop.
While the tulips are the main attraction during the festival, there are still plenty of other plants and flowers to be found along the walking trails.
The park is open 9am to 4pm during winter months, and 9am to 6pm over summer. Admission fees vary based on the season or special events, so visit the official website for up to date information.