Table Cape Tulip Farm – Tasmania splashed in colour

Table Cape Tulip Farm is the hottest destination in Tasmania every October. Find out how you can enjoy the ‘Colours of the Cape’ – including a secret Hobart hack – on your Tasmania road trip!

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Girl standing in Table Cape Tulip Farm Tasmania
Table Cape Tulip Farm Tasmania | 📷: Lauren Bath

It only happens once a year, but when the tulips start flowering during September and October the tiny town of Wynyard and nearby Table Cape become Tasmania’s hottest destinations!

The rainbow of colours is breathtaking, but it only lasts for 4 weeks so you need to plan your visit wisely.

Keep reading to find out more about:

  • Where and how to see the tulips on your Tasmania road trip;
  • Some fantastic tulip festivals; and
  • A secret option if you’re stuck in Hobart and can’t make the trip north, but still need your tulip fix 😉

Table Cape Tulip Farm Tasmania

You can’t miss Table Cape and Table Cape Tulip Farm as you approach the northern outskirts of Wynyard on Tasmania’s Cradle Coast.

From the cold, tumultuous waters of Bass Strait its cliffs soar more than 180m into the sky to a flat topped ‘table’ of gently undulating fields.

Table Cape Lighthouse behind fields of tulips at Table Cape Tulips Farm Tasmania
Table Cape Tulips Farm Tasmania | 📷: Luke Tscharke

It might not be as spectacular as the iconic ‘Nut’ at Stanley (just a 45 minute drive up the road), but the similarities are striking. And that is because Table Cape is also the remains of an ancient volcano crater.

The volcanic soils are some of the most fertile in Tasmania, making it ideal for growing tulips – as the Roberts-Thomson family have done for more than 30 years at Table Cape Tulips Farm.

In fact, the tulips grown at Table Cape are such high quality that they even sell them back to the Netherlands, the home of the tulip! 

Rows of colour at Table Cape Tulip Farm Tasmania
Table Cape Tulips Farm Tasmania | 📷: Tourism Australia and Graham Freeman

It’s a shame that tulips only flower for such a short time, but when they do they are bloomin’ marvelous – and you can’t get a better backdrop than Table Cape.

From a distance it’s like a patchwork quilt, but up close you start to see row upon row of colour stretching to the horizon. Look closely and you might even spy an ‘imposter’ tulip, with a different colour to the rest – it’s like finding a four-leaf clover!

🤳 Instagram Tips

  • Table Cape Lighthouse looks fantastic if you can position it in the background of your photos.
  • If you can, get your camera down low for a different perspective and make the most of the ‘leading lines‘ created by the rows of colour.

What to wear

If the weather is perfect then anything goes, but if it has rained, or rain is forecast, then you’ll appreciate a pair of sturdy shoes with a closed toe.

The soil at Table Cape is extremely rich, and all it takes is a little bit of water to turn it into sticky mud. Not everyone travels with a pair, but gumboots would be perfect. And don’t forget to pack a large plastic bag to store your muddy shoes afterwards 👍

How to get there

Getting to Table Cape Tulip Farm is very easy from Launceston, Devonport, Wynyard and Stanley. See our map below for the best routes.

Allow the following driving times:

  • From Launceston – 2 hrs by car (2hrs 30mins for larger vehicles)
  • From Devonport – 1 hr by car (1hr 30min for larger vehicles
  • From Wynyard – 10 minutes
  • From Stanley – 45 minutes by car (1hr for larger vehicles)

Entry fees and opening times

Adults – $12 | Concession – $10 | Children (17yrs and younger) – $2

Open 9am to 5pm daily, from 26 September to 31 October – the best days are normally between 5 October and 13 October.

Outside these dates the farm is closed to the public. Bulb sales are possible, but contact them before visiting as they may not be in the office.

To stay up to date for opening days and times for the 2020 tulip season, follow their official Facebook page here.

Good to know

Toilets are available at the farm, and there is a small gift shop and cafe on site where you can soak up the views and sip on a hot coffee, before picking up a souvenir of your time on ‘the Cape’.

There is plenty of parking available for cars and vans.

Other activities in the nearby area include

  • Seeing Table Cape Lighthouse
  • Soaking up the views from Table Cape Lookout
  • Bushwalking at Rocky Cape National Park
  • A day trip to the ‘Nut‘ at Stanley
  • Feeling the sand between your toes at Fossil Bluff 

Where to stay

There are plenty of good accommodation options in nearby Wynyard. 

My wife and I loved spending a weekend at the gorgeously designed Coastal Pods Wynyard (perfect for couples), while families will enjoy Leisure Ville Holiday Centre, complete with heated pool, games room and kids playground.

Table Cape Tulip Farm on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Table Cape Tulip Farm | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Tony Crehan

Bloomin' Tulips Festival Tasmania

With such a colourful display right on their doorstep it is no surprise that the town of Wynyard celebrates with a 3-week festival at the same time – saying goodbye winter and hello spring!

There is plenty happening throughout October – including the quirky Gopher Race and a kaleidoscopic Colour Run – but ‘Tulip Festival Day‘ on 12 October is the biggest and best event.

Throughout the day you’ll be swept up in the fun. There’s a sailing race to start the day, and the Foreshore Market is always a good place to taste some of the Cradle Coast’s best produce. Music, stilt-walkers, dancing and plenty of activities are always on the go for the kids, and you’ll love the 9pm fireworks that bring the day to a close.

Download the 2019 Official Festival Program here.

Cost: Free!

Location: Various locations along the Wynyard waterfront, centred around Gutteridge Gardens

Table Cape Tulip Farm at night
After dark at Table Cape Tulip Farm | 📷: Luke Tscharke

Tunes in the Tulips

If it wasn’t enough to have 3 weeks of festivities and a farm full of tulips, Table Cape Tulip Farm also puts on a wonderful day full of music called ‘Tunes in the Tulips‘.

To be held on Sunday, 6 October 2019, you’ll love the 3hrs of eclectic music brought to you by Jay Jerome and Friends (soul, funk, rock and pop) and Kudu Joy (R&B).

With a million tulips as the backdrop, what’s not to love?

Cost: $24.30 for adults | $22.19 for concession | $3.20 for children 6-13 years

Date: 6 October 2019

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Tickets: Book online here

Location: Table Cape Tulip Farm

Tulips ready to flower at Table Cape Tulip Farm Tasmania
Table Cape Tulip Farm Tasmania | 📷: Tourism Australia and Graham Freeman

Where to find tulips in Hobart

Sometimes it simply isn’t possible to make the 4-hour journey all the way from Hobart up to Wynyard to see the tulips.

The good news is that you can still experience the rainbow of colours in Hobart!

The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens are one of our favourite places to spend a lazy afternoon, and in late September you’ll find plenty of tulips in full bloom – for some reason they seem to bloom a little earlier than up north 🌷

Entry is free, and the lawns are a wonderful place to spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

Location: Lower Domain Rd, Hobart

Hours: May-Sept from 8am to 5pm | Oct-Apr from 8am to 6:30pm

Tulips in bloom at the Botanic Gardens in Hobart

We hope you have found this guide useful in planning your Tasmania road trip holiday.

For plenty more articles like this please keep browsing our website. Or visit our Facebook group to share your tulip photos and get free travel tips and advice from fellow road trippers!

Happy travels,

Andrew.

Travel planning resources

Tasmania’s remote location means there are internet ‘black spots’ across the island. 

A hard copy travel guide or map is the perfect backup, and we love the range from Lonely Planet.

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Table Cape Tulip Farm
Table Cape Tulip Farm
Andrew Strikis

Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.

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