See beautiful NSW in springtime bloom as we travel from Brisbane through Port Macquarie to Bowral then on to Canberra returning via the Hunter Valley and Armidale. Visit Corbett Gardens, Tulip Top Gardens, Cockington Green, Cowra’s Japanese Garden, Darley Stud, the Glen Innes Standing Stones and Australia’s largest flower festival showcasing a million flowers in bloom, Canberra’s Floriade.
19th September 2019
2nd October 2019
Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Brisbane CBD, we travel south down the coast to New Italy for lunch. Our afternoon takes us through Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie where we stay the evening.
1 Night Stay: Sails Resort, Port Macquarie
This morning we leave Port Macquarie, take a break at Bulahdelah, then continue on arriving at Gosford for lunch. Travelling through Sydney’s western suburbs we head up in to the Southern Highlands.
2 Night Stay: Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral
Today we visit Corbett Gardens displaying a huge array of tulips, as well as other bright and vibrant springtime bulbs, followed by a guided tour of the Bradman Museum. Enjoy a casual lunch before our afternoon takes us to Fitzroy Falls, situated at the head of the escarpment leading down to the tranquil Kangaroo Valley.
Travelling via Goulburn we arrive at Tulip Top Gardens offering 10 acres of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creating a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse. Our afternoon takes us to Cockington Green Gardens showcasing a delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Continuing south, this afternoon we arrive at Canberra.
3 Night Stay: Best Western Garden City, Canberra
We start our day with a visit to Canberra’s icon event Floriade. Showcasing one million flowers in bloom throughout springtime, it is the biggest flower festival in Australia. Next we take a guided tour of the National Arboretum to explore the forests of endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. At 2pm we visit the War Memorial, touring through the Hall of Memory, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour, finishing with a moving closing ceremony.
**Lunch is at your own expense today.
This morning we take a drive-by tour of Canberra’s International Embassies and High Commissions. We then take a tour of Parliament House, getting a chance to be a part of democracy in action. We have access to the Chambers to watch Question Time and the ability to view historic documents like Magna Carta. The unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one Australia’s most significant and popular cultural attractions. We then board Southern Cross Cruises for a lunch cruise on Lake Burley Griffin with full commentary while cruising. This afternoon we take a drive up to Mount Ainslie lookout offering magnificent views over Canberra.
Departing Canberra we journey north passing through Yass to Cowra, where we break for lunch at the Cowra Japanese Gardens. After lunch you can enjoy a self guided tour that will introduce you to the symbolic nature of the gardens. The Cowra Japanese Garden covers 5 hectares – the largest in the southern hemisphere. It was built because of Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese. The unique relationship of Cowra and Japan originated on a cold night in August 1944, when more than a thousand Japanese prisoners of war broke out of the local prison camp. Departing Cowra we make our way to Bathurst and take an exhilarating lap of Mount Panorama. We continue our journey on to the Blue Mountains where we bed down for the night.
1 Night Stay: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains
This morning, we depart the Blue Mountains for Pokolbin stopping for lunch at The Cellar Restaurant which offers rustic Mediterranean inspired cuisine in an elegant yet relaxed surrounding. After lunch, we head to the Hunter Valley arriving at the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour and commentary through parts of the 25 hectares of International Garden.
1 Night Stay: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley
Leaving the resort after breakfast we travel through the Hunter wine region to the Darley Thoroughbred Stud near Denman where we spend time with a local guide, Craig Benjamin, who has exclusive rights to conduct tours of some of the most prestigious racing studs in the area. Enjoy an insider’s tour of the thoroughbred racing industry and enjoy a very interesting introduction to the equine industry. During spring the mares start giving birth to the foals and it truly is a sight to be seen. We make our way to Scone, breaking for lunch before travelling to Tamworth, visiting the Big Golden Guitar. Our afternoon takes us through to Armidale.
1 Night Stay: Cotswold Gardens, Armidale
Discover the Celtic heritage of Glen Innes visiting the Standing Stones, a famous national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers, and recognised by the Celtic Council of Australia as the national gathering point for Celtic descendants and clans. Next we cross the border back into Queensland and make our way past the grape growing districts of Ballandean, breaking for lunch at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, experiencing the Medley of Mains luncheon, matching food with wine. Return to the Brisbane CBD at approximately 4:30pm.
Non-refundable deposit of $600pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.
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PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
2 additional days (total 12 day tour)
– Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
– 2 additional nights bed & breakfast (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
– Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station
Plus $850pp Twin Share
Plus $1019 Sole Use
**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice.
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