The NSW Southern Highlands flagship tourism event Tulip Time will get underway on Tuesday 18 September which heralds a later start date to the historic floral festival of a week in an effort to accommodate for the risk of late flowering tulips due to the changing weather conditions encountered of recent years.
The festival has also been extended to 14 days to take in the long weekend with the festival concluding on Monday 1 October. The picturesque Corbett Gardens of Bowral will again host and transform into a kaleidoscope of colour and activity and this year will carry a theme of ‘Creating Memories’ in support of local and national charities, the Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Centre and Dementia Australia. The Southern Highlands Arts fraternity will help create memories with leading local artisans Heidi McGeoch, Peter Baron & Hetty Thomson taking up in residence in the Gardens and they will be supported by other local artisans undertaking workshops in Puppetry and Posy Making.
The festival program kicks off on Wednesday with a free community breakfast from 7am to 9am hosted by Radio 2ST & the Lions Clubs of the Southern Highlands. Festival ambassador & local resident celebrity Noelene Brown will officially launch the Festival at the Community Breakfast. The Festival will also see the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Mrs Linda Hurley visiting on Saturday 22 September to participate in the colourful Street Parade at 2.30pm and then present awards for the ‘Best Float’ and ‘Best Walking Group’ back in Corbett Gardens at 3.30pm.
Destination Southern Highlands Manager, Steve Rosa said “following a cold and dry winter we are confident that the recent warm days leading into the festival will have our 110,000 plus tulips flowering on time and presenting visitors to the region will some great visual moments and whilst creating some awesome memories. We are excited this year to be able to host the NSW Governor & Mrs Hurley. The Tulip Time Team & Councils Gardeners have done a great job in developing an exciting program of events and entertainment engaging all the components of the Arts as well as incorporating art installations into the garden bed designs. There will be some great ‘Kodak’ picture moments for attendees to capture.”
Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Clr Ken Halstead said “Tulip Time is the region’s premier community and tourism event generating huge economic and social benefits for the Southern Highlands. It also provides numerous opportunities for all the local community to get involved, be they young or old. It’s great to see this year local schools painting flower pots donated by Bunnings which will hang from Trees in Corbett Gardens. I also look forward to seeing local businesses dress their shop fronts and enter the Southern Highlands Business Chamber of Commerce & Industry ‘Best Dressed Window Competition’ along with seeing plenty of local groups, clubs and businesses participating in this year’s Street Parade.”
The festival program will also incorporate other key events such as:
- Tulip Time Mile Street Running Races – 22 September from 1.30pm along Bong Bong Street, Bowral
- Celebrity Portraits of Noelene Brown in CWA Tea Rooms
- An Art Trail in the Streets surrounding Corbett Gardens
- Daily entertainment provided by local schools, choirs, dancers, bands and musicians
- Art demonstrations and workshops
Further information can be obtained by contacting Destination Southern Highlands on 02 4871 2888, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.tuliptime.net.au