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Autumn on the Monaro
23 – 28 April 2018

The spectacular Monaro High Country, at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, is home to some of Australia’s most stunning private gardens, situated on historic merino sheep and cattle stations. Jindabyne is our base for this five-day short break. The brilliant colours of autumn are sublime at this altitude.
Monday 23 April 2018
Sydney – Canberra(L/D)

Meet Sandra Ross, your tour leader at Sydney Central Coach Terminal and board our coach bound for Canberra. Lunch today at The National Botanic Garden. We will stroll through some of the themed gardens to appreciate Australia’s unique flora and celebrate the use and value of native plants. The Gardens were established in the foothills of Black Mountain where the natural slopes and gullies have been used in the landscape design. The garden beds follow the contours of the site to maximise available space and reduce water run-off. The more protected gullies protect the plants from extremes of weather and are relatively frost-free. The National Gallery is next to see ‘Terra Incognita’ a 2005 painting by Imants Tillers. Check in to our hotel Crown Plaza in the city centre with Welcome Dinner in the restaurant this evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Canberra

Tuesday 24 April 2018
Canberra – Jindabyne (B/D)

The new National Arboretum is our first stop this morning. From the lookout, we can see the 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Coffee stop and check out the new Gallery of Gardens, a living mosaic of unique gardens on the Events Terrace.
Next stop is our favourite Heritage Nursery in Yarralumla, full of plant treasures. Find out about Weston Park that’s part of the Walter Burley Griffin’s big plan.
Now we are heading down the Monaro Highway to first Cooma then on to Jindabyne. It’s a glorious road, lined with glowing golden poplars illuminated with sunshine, especially around Berridale. Check in to Rydges Horizons on Lake Jindabyne with dinner included in the restaurant.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Wednesday 25 April 2018

You have the option this morning to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Banjo Patterson Park. Back for breakfast and then we visit Hazeldean, a huge pastoral property with homestead and outbuildings that date back to the late 19th century. We’ll explore this mature garden and enjoy Libby Litchfield’s hospitality at morning tea. And we’ll learn about this successful pastoral enterprise associated with pioneer James Litchfield.
Cooma is rich in history and gardens. When gold was discovered in Kiandra in 1860’s Cooma became prosperous and by 1900 the town boasted “Regional Capital” status. The start of the Snowy Scheme in 1949 and the influx of thousands of workers from post war Europe changed its character and gave it a rich cultural diversity.
Stroll down historic Lambie Town Walk and check out the Raglan Gallery. A visit to Jenny and Imants Tillers’ Cooma garden will reveal the genius behind the paintings.
Last stop is the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. Time now to head back to Jindabyne, put our feet up and enjoy the view

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Thursday 26 April 2018
Monaro (B/L)

Two beautiful ‘cold climate’ country gardens today with fabulous autumn colour. A beautiful tree-lined driveway leads into Shirley and opens into a garden oasis with expansive lawns and lake. We’ll have morning tea here and then explore the gardens with sweeping views over the Monaro Plains. It’s been nurtured by three generations of passionate gardeners and it shows!
Next stop is lunch with Sue and Jim Jardine at Curry Flat. William Jardine was one of the real pioneers. He came to Monaro in 1846 and started a flour mill using the waters of the Snowy River. He transformed inhospitable land into a sheep breeding and wool growing facility.
We’ll take the Snowy River Way back to Jindabyne, via Dalgety. This tiny town is the only remaining NSW town on the Snowy River; the old towns of Adaminaby and Jindabyne were flooded after the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme was built in the 1950’s. Dalgety was an important crossing point on the route from the coast to the gold fields at Kiandra. Snowy River Recovery is a suite of projects being carried out by NSW Government to improve the health of the Snowy River. Learn about the river rehabilitation.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Friday 27 April 2018
Thredbo (B/L/D)

Headed for the high country today as we travel up the Alpine Way to Thredbo. A coffee stop then we’ll take the chairlift to the top of Mount Crackenback. Notice the change in vegetation zones with the change in elevation. Trees become smaller and more stunted. At the top we reach the alpine zone, where no trees grow due to the harsh climate. Rugged landscape, majestic views, the Australian Alps stretch out before us. Lunch is included today in Thredbo then we will take a scenic drive to Charlottes Pass, weather permitting. Farewell dinner tonight

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Saturday 28 April 2018
Sydney via Canberra(B/L)

Travel back to Sydney via Canberra this morning to Pialligo Estate where they have been farming since 1820’s. Explore the orchard with 1000 fruit trees growing on the fertile floodplain of the Molonglo River. The vineyard is suited to a range of grape varieties – from Riesling and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. The market garden with vegetables, herbs and flowers delivered daily to the restaurant. And the olive grove with four hundred Coriggiola olive trees, a Tuscan variety well suited to the region. Then we’ll dine in their restaurant. Travel back to Sydney.


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  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 5 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all gardens, sightseeing and national parks on tour

Twin share, per person, land only $2,795
Single supplement $575

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Price is based on departure ex Sydney


Early Bird $50. Book and pay before 1/12/17
Previous Traveller discount $25
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

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