Australia - NSW and ACT
Celebrate spring with a short break to discover garden gems in the Southern Highlands like Red Cow Farm and Bowral's Tulip Time, Canberra's spectacular massed bulb displays at Floriade and also a visit to the National Arboretum. There will be plenty of time for tiptoeing through tulips!
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Sydney – Canberra (L)

Your Ross Garden Tour Leader, Carolyn Dwyer will meet you at Central Station Sydney for the deluxe coach journey to Canberra with garden pit stops on the way so keep your camera at the ready.
This morning we visit historic Glenmore House. This year marks Mickey and Larry Robertson’s 25 years at Glenmore near Camden on the outskirts of Sydney. The original farmhouse has been restored and the former cowshed, dairy and outbuildings repurposed and linked together by country style fences, hedges and gardens – a picture come spring. The heart of the garden is where Mickey and Linda Ross run their Kitchen Gardening School – the organic kitchen garden. Lunch will be delicious sandwiches by Mickey and will be served in the loggia overlooking the cherry blossom and perennial borders.
After lunch we call into another inspirational garden in the Southern Highlands. Red Cow Farm is a sophisticated garden, the results of 25 years of love and devotion by its owners Ali and Wayne. We love its monastic theme, enchanting stone walls, monastery garden and the Abbess’ Garden topped off with a rare collection of gorgeous flowers such as bleeding hearts and other unusual perennials. We will take a walk through the woodland, old fashioned roses and clematis, beech walk, lake, bog garden, orchard and kitchen garden.
We continue to the city centre of Canberra to our hotel for the next three nights, Crown Plaza Canberra.
Accommodation: Crown Plaza Canberra

Wednesday 24 September 2014
Canberra (B)

Our day to experience Floriade has arrived! Canberra comes alive with a million spring blooms at Floriade, Australia biggest flower festival. For 30 fragrant days in September and October, the garden beds of Commonwealth Park become canvasses for super-sized floral pictures. It’s a colourful seasonal addition to Canberra’s open green spaces and native gardens. Soak up the floral colour while browsing bustling markets and gourmet stalls and attending workshops and exhibitions.
Floriade’s flower beds depend on a million-plus flowers blooming on cue. This creative collaboration between landscape gardeners and nature takes careful planting and 18 months of planning. Tulips, irises, daffodils, violas, chrysanthemums, and daisies open their petals in bold designs which each year reflect a different theme. Some past themes have included ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll in Bloom’ and ‘Poetry in Flowers’.
Mid-afternoon freshen up for the much loved High Tea at The Hyatt, Canberra.
Accommodation: Crown Plaza Canberra

Thursday 25 September 2014
Canberra (B)

We are taken inside this morning to the courtyard gardens of Australia’s Parliament House. You’ve seen them on television news; they are secret spaces, well designed and beautifully planted. Our guide will explain the significance of the planting in particular the glorious collections of deciduous trees.
We will pass by the Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House. Next stop we have time for the National Gallery, explore the art collections, sculpture garden and enjoy lunch.
Lastly we travel to the spectacular National Arboretum, borne out of the disastrous bushfire of 2001 where one third of the Himalayan Cedar forest was lost, for our guided tour this afternoon. We learn the significance of the new plantings which began in 2005, tree choice and history. The official opening took place last February. Afternoon tea is included.
Accommodation: Crown Plaza Canberra

Friday 26 September 2014
Canberra – Sydney (B)

After breakfast we journey back up the Hume Hwy to Sydney taking time to visit Tulip Time in Bowral, enjoy the bulbs at Corbett Park and spend time in some of the gardens opening for the festival. The townships of Bowral and Moss Vale turn 150 this year, both celebrating their Sesquicentenary Anniversary. Gardening is such a passion in cool climate Southern Highlands, with many plants unique to this area, so we will see rare and unusual plants and flowers. Our tour finishes late this afternoon at Central Station Sydney.

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Twin Share land only $1,295 per person
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. Please refer to Ross Garden Tours standard Terms and Conditions.
Previous Traveller Discount $25 Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $25
Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
Accommodation for 3 nights at Crown Plaza Canberra including full breakfast daily
Breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L)
Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Glenmore House, Red Cow Farm, High Tea at The Hyatt, Parliament House Courtyard Gardens, National Arboretum and Tulip Time Gardens