A growing tourist town, with many visitors making the journey to the Tesselaar Tulip Farm in Spring time and to Chappies U-pick fruit farm during the summer. Silvan is home to some of the best quality fruits in Australia and boasts ownership of Y.V. Fresh, a large local growers cooperative, and also Chappies, the first u-pick berry and cherry farm to start in Australia.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival: set on a working farm this annual event has an unbelievable display of over half a million Tulips made up of more than a hundred different dreamy varieties. There is live entertainment daily, market stalls, a sculpture competition, theme and charity days. The festival is held in September.
Silvan Reservoir: The reservoir's history dates back to 1914 when a severe drought forced Melburnians to search for a new water supply to handle their ever increasing needs. Construction took place between the years of 1926 and 1931. When it was finally completed it was 644 m long, 219 m wide, and 43 m deep. There is a picnic ground at the Silvan Reservoir Park. Its European-style formal gardens feature azaleas and rhododendrons within a framework of stone terraces and vined pergolas. The Park has children's play facilities, barbecues (with free wood), some fine views and numerous walking tracks.
Most paths have ramps for the disabled. Stonyford Creek self-guided nature trail is a half-hour loop walk that passes through some remnant bushland and across Stoneyford Creek, incorporating moist eucalypt forest, wattles, banksias, native grasses and gullies of tall tree ferns along the creek banks. Points of interest are indicated by numbered posts. A corresponding leaflet is available from the information shelter by the children s playground.
Melba Walk: Opposite the western entrance to Silvan Reservoir Park is the start of the Melba Walk (5 km return) within the Mt Evelyn section of Dandenong Ranges National Park. Signs lead along the Grey Gum Track and through eucalypt forests, zigzagging onto Track 10, then Track 12, making left turns at both Tracks 13 and 18 into fern gullies. At the end of Track 18 turn right and walk through the gate onto Stoneyford Rd and back to the start. The Olinda Creek Walk (5.6 km) and the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Track (7.2 km) are two other walks in this section of Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival