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INSIDE GARDENS OF VICTORIA

13 – 21 NOVEMBER 2017
FULLY BOOKED

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ITINERARY
Victoria’s fine country gardens at peak spring flush. We’ll take you through the garden gate to meet the gardeners behind each masterpiece. See old favourites and exciting new creations including Paul Bangay’s Stonefields, Rick Eckersley’s Musk Cottage and Dame Elisabeth’s Cruden Farm.

DAY 1
Monday 13 November 2017
Home – Ballarat (L)

Meet your tour leader at Sydney Airport or join the group at Melbourne airport. Our first visit is Wombat Hill in Daylesford. We’ll stroll through this Botanic Garden then relax over our Welcome lunch. Now we head to Ballarat, a beautiful city with a rich and prosperous heritage thanks to the Gold Rush of 1851. Check into Craig’s Royal Hotel, one of Ballarat’s grand monuments to its rich gold mining history, where we stay for the next four nights.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 2
Tuesday 14 November 2017
Daylesford – Castlemaine (B/L)

A glorious day of gardens. First today is Burnside at Creswick, the world renowned gardens of David Glenn’s Lambley Nursery. Lunch will be memorable at The Boathouse on Lake Daylesford. Then an old garden this afternoon with roses, gravel paths and box hedges, all part of the historic Buda from 1861. Back to Ballarat to settle into our hotel with a free night.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 3
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Ballarat (B)

A pretty flower garden at Scarsdale will make a great morning tea stop before we head to Ballarat’s Botanical Garden and a peep into the famous conservatory. After lunch we’ll take a leisurely stroll around Ballarat’s heritage buildings. There are options for dining out tonight or you can eat in the hotel.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 4
Thursday 16 November 2017
Stonefields (B/L)

A superstar of a garden this morning with a visit to 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’s a garden of burgundy roses and iris, deep herbaceous borders, a formal pond garden of white rugosa roses and pleached hornbeam hedges and an apple walk under-planted with buxus spheres. 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! Finally a wine tasting at Eastern Peake at Coghills Creek. Time now to relax back in our hotel in Ballarat.

Accommodation:Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 5
Friday 17 November 2017
Ballarat – Flinders (B/L)

We are heading to Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula with a stop in Geelong at their Botanic Garden. Lunch will be good again 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
Saturday 18 November 2017
Cruden Farm – Karkalla (B/MT/D)

Cruden Farm is our glorious destination this morning, the garden of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who arrived here as a young bride. Dame Elisabeth loved this garden that she designed and planted 80 years ago; the lake, the herbaceous borders, picking garden, shrub walks and famous avenue of lemon scented gums that lead to the house. Morning tea will be served after our stroll around the lake and through the borders. Free time in Sorrento for lunch then a remarkable garden by Fiona Brockhoff, Karkalla, set in a coastal ecosystem beside Mornington Peninsula National Park. It’s modern, displaying great flair, very different from any other garden. Dinner is included tonight in a restaurant near our hotel.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 7
Sunday 19 November 2017
Gippsland (B/L)

Travel into the lakes district of Gippsland today to visit two very different gardens. First is Broughton Hall in Jindivick, a formal garden that sits comfortably on a hillside overlooking the Tarago Reservoir. We’ll enjoy morning tea before strolling through this garden of intimate spaces, grand vistas and abundant planting with good combinations of foilage, texture and colour. Lunch at nearby Jindivick Tavern. Then a private garden on a smaller scale with an inspired planting scheme.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 8
Monday 20 November 2017
Mornington Peninsula (B/L/D)

Two incredible gardens today. First is Rick Eckersley’s Musk Cottage, innovative and drought proof, it’s a testament to low maintenance, sustainable gardening. Rick has created something uniquely Australian. 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 will get us re-thinking what a garden really is! Lunch at the Garden Vineyard, another landmark garden designed with outstanding attention to detail; 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
Tuesday 21 November 2017
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. We’ll have lunch here before we head to Tullamarine and our homeward flight.

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

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, 7 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Wombat Hill Botanic Garden, Lambley Nursery, Buda Historic Home, Blake Garden, Ballarat Botanic Garden, Paul Bangay’s Stonefields, Annie Smithers Garden, Geelong Botanic Garden, Fiona Brockhoff’s Karkarla Garden, Cruden Farm, Broughton Hall, the Garden Vineyard, Musk Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne
  • Fully escorted by Robin Powell
TOUR PRICE


Twin Share including airfare $4,295 per person
Twin Share land only $4,050 per person
Single Supplement $850



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 14 July 2017)
Previous Traveller Discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50


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