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INSIDE VICTORIA

28 October – 5 November 2018

FULLY BOOKED

ITINERARY
Victoria’s fine country gardens at the peak spirng flush. Go through the garden gate to meet the gardeners behind each masterpiece. See old favourites and new creations including Paul Bangay’s Stonefields, Rick Eckersley’s Musk Cottage and Dame Elizabeth’s Cruden Farm.
DAY 1
Sunday 28 October 2018
Home – Ballarat (D)

Meet your tour leader Robin Powell at Sydney Airport or meet in Melbourne. We head to Ballarat, a beautiful city with a rich heritage thanks to the Gold Rush of 1851. Check into Craig’s Royal Hotel, one of Ballarat’s grand monuments to its gold mining history and our base to explore the gardens. Unpack for the next four nights. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon walking tour of the town to acquaint ourselves with Ballarat’s heritage buildings. Welcome dinner in the hotel.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 2
Monday 29 October 2018
Daylesford(B/L)

A glorious garden awaits today, one of Australia’s finest, Burnside at Creswick, the masterpiece of David Glenn’s Lambley Nursery. David will give us a private tour around the iconic gardens, always filled with bees, butterflies and birds. It’s magical! Lunch at The Boathouse on Lake Daylesford with time to explore Daylesford. Afternoon wine tasting at Eastern Peake at Coghills Creek.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 3
Tuesday 30 October 2018
Ballarat (B)

You’ll fall in love with Kylie’s charming flower garden at Scarsdale. See plant stands encrusted with succulents and a garden filled with iris, roses and perennials jostling for space, all laid out with Kylie’s magic sense of play. Then we head to Ballarat’s Botanic Garden for a guided walk and a peep into the famous conservatory. Afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 4
Wednesday 31 October 2018
Stonefields (B/L)

A superstar of a garden today at Paul Banguay’s Stonefields. Paul will show us through a series of formal garden rooms, that fade out into the surrounding farm. Parterres of box and tulips soften to a woodland of dogwoods. There is a rose garden of deep burgundy roses and iris, deep herbaceous borders, a formal pond garden full of white rugosa roses and pleached hornbeam hedges, an apple walk under-planted with buxus spheres and the odd peacock. Trust us, it needs to be seen to be believed. At lunch today Robin will introduce you to celebrity chef, Annie Smithers, who is throwing open the gates to her prolific kitchen garden just for us. It’s the source of 90% of the food served in her famous little French farmhouse restaurant, du Fermier in Trentham. We’ll discover her extensive and productive garden and then enjoy Annie’s delicious lunch. What a treat!

Accommodation:Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 5
Thursday 1 November 2018
Ballarat – Flinders (B/L/D)

We head to Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula with a stop at Geelong Botanic Gardens. A lovely lunch today on the Bellarine Peninsula at Terindah Estate with award-winning wines, great food and superb views across Port Phillip Bay. Its an hour on the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento and then we’ll travel across to Flinders and check into our hotel for the next four nights.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 6
Friday 2 November 2018
Musk Cottage (B/L/D)

Another landmark garden in Flinders this morning; garden designer Rick Eckersley’s innovative Musk Cottage, a drought-proof garden testament to low maintenance and sustainable gardening. It’s not all native, or indigenous. It’s about what grows well; which plants marry with which, what foliage sets off that flower and what makes you feel good in a particular spot. It gets us re-thinking what a garden really is. Heronswood, home of the Diggers Club, is next with a walk around the gardens, and a seasonal lunch in the restaurant where the produce will have been harvested from the gardens that morning. Dinner is included tonight.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 7
Saturday 3 November 2018
Broughton Hall (B/D)

Travel into the lakes district of Gippsland today to visit two very different gardens. First is Picardy, a private garden on a small scale filled with roses and an inspired planting scheme. Next is Broughton Hall, a formal garden that sits comfortably on a hillside overlooking the Tarago Reservoir. We’ll meet David Musker who will guide us through his memorable masterpiece that nestles into a grand landscape. We’ll enjoy dinner before a twilight stroll through this garden of intimate spaces, grand vistas and abundant planting with good combinations of foliage, texture and colour.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 8
Sunday 4 November 2018
Cruden Farm (B/L/D)

Cruden Farm is our glorious destination this morning, the garden of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who arrived as a young bride 80 years ago. Dame Elisabeth loved this garden that she designed and planted all those years ago; the lake, the herbaceous borders, picking garden, shrub walks and famous avenue of lemon-scented gums that leads to the house. Morning tea will be served after our stroll around the lake and through the borders. Lunch at the Garden Vineyard, designed with outstanding features: walled garden, Italianate garden, native garden, vegetables and rich flower borders. Free afternoon so time to relax or browse the shops in Flinders before we meet up for our Farewell Dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 9
Monday 5 November 2018
Flinders – Home (B/L)

Cranbourne Botanic Garden is our destination this morning, a new and exciting showcase of Australian flora that will give us a whole new appreciation of our exquisite Aussie plants, all designed with a sensational contemporary flourish. We’ll have lunch here before we head to Tullamarine for our homeward flight.

 

HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
ROBIN POWELL
  • Return group airfare Sydney to Melbourne
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 8 nights with breakfast daily
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Lambley Nursery, Blake Garden, Ballarat Botanic Garden, Stonefields, Cruden Farm, Heronswood, the Garden Vineyard, Picardy Garden, Broughton Hall, Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne
  • Fully escorted by Robin Powell
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share including airfare $4,595 per person
Twin Share land only $4,350 per person
Single Supplement $1,075

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Airfare price is based on departure from Sydney

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird discount $100 (Book and pay before 6 July 2018)
Previous Traveller Discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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