Yesterday we had our long awaited visit to the Table Cape Tulip Farm. Despite the Tulip Festival not going ahead in its usual form this year the tulips are still blooming and restrictions have been relaxed enough for the farm to open to visitors as they always do at this time of year. Naomi came to stay for a few days and we looked at the weather forecast to plan the best day to go. Friday we thought would be our best bet as the forecast was for a mostly sunny and warm day. The plan was to do a couple of errands in Wynyard, have lunch and go to the farm which is just a few kilometres out of town. Unfortunately we did not know it was Burnie Show Day, a public holiday on the northwest coast. Most businesses were closed so the cafe we chose for lunch was very busy. It took us a while to be served and then they forgot our dessert order and we sat for ages waiting for it. The manager did apologise to us for the delay and did not charge us for the desserts but our quick lunch had blown out to two hours and the weather was starting to change. We decided to give the farm a miss. Saturday the weather was so bad that we chose not to go out and on Sunday we went to see the steam train at the Don River Railway. Monday was another wet day so we came to Tuesday, Naomi’s last day and was I happy to see blue sky when I woke up that morning.
We headed towards Wynyard but turned towards the coast and took the scenic route to the farm. When we arrived we found that there were already a lot of people there but we didn’t take long to pay our admission and enter the farm which is large enough for people to spread out. Luckily the ground was not too muddy despite the wet weekend but the farm thoughtfully provides boots for people to borrow if they wish.
I visited the tulip farm once before a few years ago with Ally and Matt but it was Naomi’s first visit so I was glad that the tulips were at their best. We are so lucky to live close enough to be able to visit every year now.
One of the big farm sheds houses the display area where you can see and buy potted tulips or order bulbs. There was an art display and some flower themed souvenirs like mugs, serviettes, postcards, fridge magnets etc but this was not done in a tacky way. There was also an area where you could buy drinks and snacks. We had a sausage roll each and a Devonshire tea. Of course the biggest attraction are the tulip fields and they were spectacular. I took a lot of photos, taking care to photograph the labels of the tulips we liked best so we could order some for ourselves.
We were very lucky that it was such a nice morning and that we were able to stroll around and look at the flowers on our own. We would not have enjoyed them so much if it had been a tour. It’s wonderful to see such a massive display as it is something you could never replicate at home. I also liked the way that sometimes there would be one different coloured tulip amongst a mass of them as if a bulb had accidentally become mixed up with the wrong batch.
Here are a few more tulips to enjoy. If you are in Australia and would like to visit or order bulbs here is a link to the farm’s website.