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26 – 31 OCTOBER 2017

Come on in! Open gardens at the Bathurst Spring Spectacular
The Bathurst Spring Spectacular
Mayfield Gardens Oberon
The Bathurst and Orange region west of the Blue Mountains is superb in spring with cool climate gardens reaching a crescendo of colour. Our short break is based in Bathurst to discover it’s Spring Spectacular.
Thursday 26 October 2017
Home to Mount Tomah (L)

Meet Robin Powell our Tour Leader at Sydney coach terminal Western Forecourt. We’ll head west with a morning tea stop at Wildwood Garden and Nursery in Bilpin. The cool climate garden here comes into peak bloom with magnolias, dogwoods and crabapples looking good. We’ll be tempted to buy from the nursery, and there’s lots of space under the coach. Mt Tomah Botanic Garden is next, looking fabulous. A walk, then delicious ‘One Hat’ dining. Glorious views of Wollemi National Park make this a great spot for our Welcome Lunch. Travel on to Bathurst, check into the Charlotte Apartments in the centre of town and relax before we take a stroll around town to orientate ourselves and have dinner.

Accommodation: Charlotte Apartments, Bathurst

Friday 27 October 2017
Mayfield Garden (B/L)

Mayfield Garden near Oberon has achieved celebrity status in the ten years it’s been under construction. It’s one of those extraordinary places where the vision takes your breath away. This is garden making on a grand scale; indeed it’s one of the world’s largest cool-climate private gardens and sits within a 5,000 acre working farm. After a coffee break in the cafe, we will walk through a series garden spaces richly planted and now starting to mature. There’s the 80-metre water stair, walled kitchen garden; expansive and impressive Water Garden and Grotto; Valley of the Five Ponds, Venus Vale and Gallery, aviary, chapel, rose garden and Islamic pond. There’s lots to see! After lunch, we’ll visit another Oberon garden, Gairloch where Meg and Peter Lowe will show us the garden that’s been their lifelong passion.We’ll end the day at Mt Panorama Estate for a taste of their fine wines. This boutique vineyard is located inside Mount Panorama Racing Circuit.

Accommodation: Charlotte Apartments, Bathurst

Saturday 28 October 2017
Bathurst Spring Spectacular(B)

A day of private gardens opening for the Bathurst Spring Spectacular. A variety of top gardens has been selected. Each owner will be available to chat; it’s fun and friendly. You will be inspired with ideas for your garden. Option tonight to dine at the Church Bar in Bathurst.

Accommodation: Charlotte Apartments, Bathurst

Sunday 29 October 2017
Bathurst (B)

Yetholme is our destination this morning to Sarah Ryan’s Hillandale, and we’re in for a treat of cool climate plants. Sarah is a top designer, and that’s what makes this garden so special; the way she puts plants together. After morning tea on her veranda, we’ll head back into Bathurst to meet up with our city guide. There are good cafes near the Art Gallery for lunch. A guided tour of beautiful and historical Bathurst this afternoon.

Accommodation: Charlotte Apartments, Bathurst

Monday 30 October 2017
Milthorp to Orange (B/L/D)

Learn all about beautiful bearded iris this morning at Eidolia Park, just outside Millthorpe. The crabapples and cherries should be in full flower. Lunch is included in Millthorpe, then a wander around this beautiful old town with most of its buildings heritage listed by the National Trust. Travel into Orange this afternoon to visit two private gardens with lovely roses. Time to relax in our hotel before our Farewell Dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Charlotte Apartments, Bathurst

Tuesday 31 October 2017
Bathurst – Home (B)

We are travelling back to Sydney today with a morning stop at Gory’u Japanese Garden and Maple Springs Nursery in Little Hartley. Alan Jackson has spent the last five years skillfully designing and building this garden. It is based on Buddhist, Taoist and Shinto principles. There is a variety of Japanese maples and conifers, 28 Japanese lanterns, 12 basins, 13 bridges, waterfall, Suikinkutsu (water harp), shishi-odoshi (deer scare), moon viewing platforms, lake, stream and panoramic views. Meet Alan and learn about his passion for all things Japanese, especially maples. Time out for lunch in Leura then we are bound for Sydney Central.


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Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 5 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Wildwood Garden and Nursery, Mt Tomah Botanic Garden, Mayfield Garden, Oberon, Gairloch Garden, Oberon, Bathurst Spring Spectacular, two private gardens in Orange, Hillandale, Yetholme, Eidolia Park, Milthorpe, Gory’u Japanese Garden

Twin share, per person, land only $2,095
Single supplement $395

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 23/6/17
Previous Traveller discount $25
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

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Lavender Fields Of Tasmania

Lunch under the shade of spreading oaks, enveloped by the fragrance of arching rows of lavender in full bloom: this might just be the most beautiful lunch in the country.