Tulip Time 2023

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The Tulip Time Festival is held every year in Spring in the Southern Highlands to pay homage to the enigmatic tulip – its range, shape, colour and allure.

The focus of Tulip Time is the spectacular floral display of 75,000 mass planted tulips.

No flower, whether in a garden or as a cut flower in a vase is as well-known and loved as the tulip. Once the most expensive flower bulb in the world, tulips continue to hold their fascination. Here in the Southern Highlands, Tulip Time heralds the arrival of Spring when the cool climate trees and plants burst into colour.

Each year the floral festival is held in Corbett Gardens in central Bowral in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales. One of Australia's oldest and best-loved floral festivals, Tulip Time attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year and features tulips, entertainment and stalls.

The 2023 festival will take place from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm each day from Tuesday 19 September to Monday 2 October 2023.

Tulips are also featured in many of the private gardens open to the public during Tulip Time. Other spots to photograph tulips include the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre and Winifred West Park in Mittagong, Leighton Gardens in Moss Vale and Lions Park in Bowral. 



Tulip Time general admission tickets

Tickets for Tulip Time are available from 1 July 2023.

Tickets must be purchased online and can be purchased up to one hour before the advertised closing time of the session if available.

All Tulip Time tickets must be booked online. There will be no ticket sales at the gate.

All residents of the Wingecarribee Shire are able to attend Tulip Time between 9:30 am until 4:30 pm for free, with no bookings required. Entry needs to be via the Merrigang Street gate, alongside the Coaches/Groups entry. Proof of residency must be shown on entry.

If you are a Highlands residents, visits to Corbett Gardens throughout Tulip Time can be made as often as you like by using the Merrigang Street gate.

Tulips After Dark

Tulips After Dark will take place on Friday 29 September, Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October in Corbett Gardens from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Local residents will need to book and pay to attend the Tulips After Dark sessions.

General admission to the festival throughout the day from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm is still free for locals via the Merrigang Street entrance.

Group bookings

Organised groups of 20 people or more arriving by bus or coach are eligible for discounted tickets and are provided with a designated entry point to Corbett Gardens adjacent to the drop off/pick up zone for coaches and buses.

Once the confirmed number of people in your group is known, your group organiser will be sent a code to purchase the required number of discounted tickets online.

The CWA rooms located within Corbett Gardens caters to larger groups with their home made scones and finger sandwiches.

  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details.
  • Family friendly
  • Public toilets
  • Restaurant
  • Stalls

Please note that Corbett Gardens will be closed to the public for the Tulip Time Festival during the event's setup and dismantling.

Tulip Time photo gallery




  • Tuesday, 19 September 2023 | 09:30 AM - Monday, 02 October 2023 | 04:30 PM


Please note that Corbett Gardens will be closed to the public for the Tulip Time Festival during event setup and dismantling.

Corbett Gardens, Bendooley Street, Bowral, 2576, View Map

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