Wattle Festival Mini Events 2021!

The Victorian town of Hurstbridge has worked closely with the State Government to bring this years’ festival to life in a way that is safe for Hurstbridge and festival go-ers. Sadly, due to the limitations of the COVID guidelines, the Steam Train will not run this year.
This year the festival will run as a series of FREE mini-events which can be booked online so we can manage crowds in a COVID-safe way.

A list of the free mini-events can be found and check out if you need to book here

Click here to find out more…



Saturday 28 Aug. – Sunday 12 Sept.

Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – The Whirlies (botanical illustrators)

Exhibition of 24 artworks of rare and endangered acacias – Free entry

(1)  an Artist will be at the Exhibition daily (9am – 4pm) to meet visitors and discuss the works.

(2)   Neville Walsh, Senior Botanist RBGV, will be conducting a talk on Rare and Endangered Wattles on 1 September at 5pm.  The talk is open to everyone. In-person bookings are possible along with online bookings as well.  Book here

(3)  The Friends will host two Wattle Walks during the Exhibition for Members-Only, one on Thursday 2 September and the second on Thursday 9 September, both at 10am.   Book here for 9 September

The Whirlies have published a book, The Acacia Project¸ that will be launched at the Exhibition that details all twenty-four artworks involved.  All sales will support acacia research at the RBGV Herbarium.  Copies will be for sale at the Exhibition.

For more see The Acacia Project brochure: Click here



Melbourne Town Hall

is lighting up in green and gold courtesy of the Melbourne City Council on the evening of National Wattle Day – Wed. 1 September.

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