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24 – 27 MARCH 2020

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Admire new trends, world class designer gardens, meet designers and surround yourself by a Royal Exhibition Building filled with flowers during Australia’s grand garden show. This years’ theme is the ‘best of the best’, celebrating past gold medal-winning designers. We’ve included a visit to The Royal Botanic Gardens and a day trip to the picturesque Yarra Valley. It’s a rejuvenating four day short break.
Tuesday 24 March 2020
Arrive Melbourne (D)

Group flight departs from Sydney – meet up with your Ross Tour Leader, Carolyn Dwyer at Melbourne Airport. First up it’s the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne with a guided tour. We’ll see the famous Children’s Garden, Perennial Border, Rose Garden, Arid Garden, Guilfoyle’s Volcano, the Lake System, Fern Gully and the Forest Walk. It’s a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city. This afternoon check into our hotel, the Marriott, which is perfectly located to explore Melbourne’s great restaurant scene. We’ve planned a welcome dinner in the hotel tonight.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Wednesday 25 March 2020
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (B)

Spend a full day exploring the 25th anniversary Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which is staged within the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens. The theme this year is ‘The Best of the Best’. The silver anniversary of the Show is all about celebrating the exemplary designers who have taken out the event’s top awards in previous years. Visitors can expect a show unlike any they’ve seen before. Each show garden will be a representation of the designer’s unbridled, unique vision. Wear comfortable shoes because there’s plenty to see and lots to buy. There will be colour, flowers, people, designers, new plants and a great buzz. Our hotel is just a few blocks away.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Thursday 26 March 2020
Yarra Valley Gardens(B/L)

Travel into the Yarra Valley this morning to Lubra Bend with a Guilford Bell house set amongst an old established garden of camellias, magnolias and oaks. The property occupies 4kms along the Yarra River frontage with native trees lining the banks. An exciting new dry garden has been designed and installed by Phillip Johnson. Rocks, waterfalls and an extensive cascade lead down to the river. It’s a wonderful blend of classic and modern; peaceful yet stimulating using an exciting palette of Australian plants.
This afternoon we visit Coombe Estate, former home of world famous Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba in 1921. We love the newly opened restored garden, restaurant and gallery. The classic heritage home is situated among seven acres of stunning gardens. Visitors are treated to a world-class dining experience featuring award-winning Coombe Farm wines, against a historic and picturesque backdrop.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Friday 27 March 2020
Melbourne – Home(B)

We’ve left the morning free for shopping or exploring the world-class galleries and museums of Melbourne. Afternoon flight home.


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  • Return group airfare Brisbane-Melbourne-Brisbane
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Deluxe accommodation for 3 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Coombe – The Melba Estate, Royal Botanic Gardens and Lubra Bend garden

Twin share, land only $1,895 per person
Twin share, including air $2,275 per person
Single supplement $795

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


Earlybird discount $50 – Pay by 25/11/19
Previous Traveller discount $25
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

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Portugal and the Madeira Flower Festival

Citrus scented streets, Art Nouveau buildings, mosaic pavements, blue/white ceramic tiles (azulejos) decorated walls, arcades, columns and water tanks, marble towns of the Alentejo; all go to make this spring journey through Portugal
and Madeira one to remember. Highlight is Madeira’s famous Flower Festival.

Tasmania Lavender Fields

Lunch in the shade of an enormous spreading English oak, enveloped in the fragrance of arching rows of lavender in full bloom. Join us for aromatherapy of the
botanical kind. We’ve included some beautiful cool climate gardens to give you an inspirational short break.

Mayfield Garden NSW

Hospitality at a whole new level with this unique opportunity to stay at Australia’s biggest and most beautiful garden with free reign to explore the private garden in
full spring flower.

Lexus Melbourne Cup

Go ‘behind the scenes’ at The Race That Stops The NationTM. See the Flemington Racecourse Rose Garden before the race, when the roses are looking their best. Visit Heide
Museum of Modern Art and gardens, Werribee Mansion and the Victoria State Rose Garden.