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Australia - NSW
Highlights
We head to Orange to immerse ourselves in the gentle season of autumn – local produce, golden gardens and seasonal harvests. Heirloom apples, fresh hazelnuts, wild mushrooms – Orange is not only decorated with autumn colour at this time, it’s full of exceptional foodie delights. Take a short break to discover delicious food, great wines and private gardens.

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Itinerary

 

DAY 1
Thursday 23 April 2015
Sydney – Orange (MT/D)

Meet Robin Powell, our Tastings guide, at Sydney coach terminal Eddy Avenue. We’ll head west, with a stop for morning tea at the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Falconbridge in the Blue Mountains. The garden was inspiration for his work and we’ll take a wander before heading to Katoomba for lunch. Our accommodation in Orange is right in town, and we’ll have time to relax before our welcome dinner at the award-winning Lolli Redini. ‘Lolli’s’ as its affectionately called, is a local dining institution, and has scored 13 consecutive Sydney Morning herald chefs hats since it opened for its delicious contemporary Italian and French food.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 2
Friday 24 April 2015
Orange (B/L)

We’re investigating the wonder of the apple today, but first we’ll marvel at the tapestries of autumn colour at Cook Park and at one of Orange’s finest private gardens. Then it’s on to Borrodell. Here Borrie Gartrell grows more than 170 varieties of heritage and heirloom eating, cooking and cider apples. We’ll take a walk through the orchard, picking and tasting as we go. Lunch, featuring apples of course, is here at Sisters Rock restaurant, overlooking the colour of the grapevines and cherry orchards. We’ll end the day with a scenic drive to Mt Canobalas.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 3
Saturday 25 April 2015
Canowindra (B/L/D)

We’re exploring the red-earthed countryside of Canowindra today. The town unexpectedly became a site of Australia’s prehistoric past when a fossil bed revealed the remains of thousands of fish from 370 million years ago. We’ll discover the region’s more delicious offerings, with a visit to Rosnay, an organic winery and olive and fig orchard. Later we’ll drop in on a country garden with beautiful mature trees, roses, perennials and expansive lawns.
We’ll be back in Orange in time to change, and head off to the charming Rocking Horse Lounge, where we’ll get to sample some of the best wines and produce of the region.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 4
Sunday 26 April 2015
Orange (B/L)

Our day starts with a walk around a lovely private country garden laden with roses. Then we head into the charming old town of Millthorpe for lunch at Tonic. The restaurant is in an early 19th century building with high ceilings, and lovely white pressed metal details. Chef Tony Worland makes the local produce sing. After lunch we’ll find out why a hazelnut orchard in autumn is a beautiful place to be and meet one of the country’s hazelnut pioneers.

Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 5
Monday 27 April 2015
Orange – Oberon – Sydney (B/L)

Mayfield garden is one of those extraordinary places where the vision takes your breath away. This is garden making on a vast scale; indeed, this is one of the largest cool climate private gardens in the world. We’ll meet the head gardener Peter Darcy and take a guided tour, then enjoy lunch in the cafe. We’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the spectacle before we drive back down the mountain to Sydney.

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TOUR PRICE:
Twin Share per person $2095 Single Supplement $350 All prices in Australian dollars. Prices based on minimum 15 passengers. Price is based on departure from Sydney. Price from other ports available. Group meals do not include beverages. Ask us about other sightseeing and travel arrangements including pre and post tour accommodation, transfers, stopovers and other tours.

DISCOUNTS:
Previous Traveller Discount $50 Garden Clinic Member discount $50

INCLUDES:
Luxury accommodation for 4 nights at De Russie Suites, including continental breakfast
Dinner at award-winning Racine restaurant in Orange
Dinner at rising star Rocking Horse Lounge in Orange
Lunch at award-winning Tonic restaurant
Lunch overlooking the vines at Sisters Rock restaurant
Morning tea at Café at Lewers
Private guided tour and picnic at Mayfield Gardens
Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
Guided tour of Penrith Regional Art Gallery and Lewers Bequest
Entrance and guided tour of Mayfield Gardens
Entrance to Age of Fishes museum
Produce tours and tastings as outlined in the itinerary
Visits to private gardens as outlined in the itinerary
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