Vibrant reds, deep purples and sunny yellows have transformed Corbett Gardens into an explosion of life and colour for the annual Tulip Time Festival in Bowral.
At the heart of the two-week event are 125,000 bulbs which were planted in late April and are now in full bloom.
With more than 35 varieties of tulips on display in Corbett Gardens alone, there are plenty of photo opportunities for the busloads of people from Sydney, many of them on their way to Canberra's Floriade which is held around the same time each year.
The success of the $250,000 event is dependent on the spring weather, which can be unpredictable. Already, the unseasonably warm temperatures and wet weather have caused the tulips to flower a few weeks early.
The turn of nature caused Destination Southern Highlands group manager Steve Rosa to encourage people to visit Bowral sooner rather than later.
"Because the tulips have bloomed early, we are urging visitors to come in the first week and a half so they can see all of the star flowers in their full glory," Mr Rosa said.
Head gardener Rod McTernan said despite the early bloom, tulips should last for up to four weeks before dying.
The highlight of the festival, now in its 53rd year, is a family fun day in the park tomorrow, followed by a street parade with more than 40 floats down the main street of Bowral starting at 3pm. The garden will then come alive with Tulips After Dark which includes entertainment and a street market selling local wine and produce.
CanTeen Australia and Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (4Ks) is this year's joint charity partners for the festival. With a common thread of working with children and young people, the charities have inspired a Brighter Futures theme with red the main colour scheme displayed throughout the town and nearby villages.
Plenty of fringe events will also keep visitors busy including visiting 20 open gardens.
For information about what's on during the two-week Tulip Time Festival, go to www.tuliptime.net.au.