While locals might appreciate the opportunity to wander through Corbett Gardens this Tulip Time in peace, there is definitely one group that will miss the throngs of tourists for the second year running - charity partner Can Assist Southern Highlands.
While from today, Wingecarribee residents can enjoy the annual blooms by checking in via QR code from the Bendooley Street entrance, the thousands of visitors who usually come from far and wide will be waiting for the online event, expected to go live on September 30.
This means that Can Assist will again miss out on much of the fundraising support provided by the Tulip Time crowds.
"We're unable to hold a stall because of the health regulations, and poor Tulip Time has had two years of challenges in this regard," said Can Assist Southern Highlands president Jenny Harper.
"It's a shame but it's a reality of life and we understand that - we hope that next year we can go back to our usual activities."
There will be a cash donation box in the gardens for those who are allowed to view the flowers in person, and there is a link for electronic donations here.
The festival usually brings about $7 million into the region's economy each year.
This year's event marks the 60th anniversary of the festival, and the online virtual tour aims to capture the spectacular colourful blooming tulips, the magnificent blossoming magnolia and Kanzan cherry trees and the cool climate spring flowers in Corbett Gardens.
The video will be released on Tulip Time's Facebook page on September 30.
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