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26 – 29 MARCH 2019

Stimulate your senses with a dose of botanical inspiration admiring new trends, world-class show gardens and an exhibition hall full of cut flowers. It’s the southern hemisphere’s biggest garden festival. We’ll sample a few of Melbourne’s flowery and operatic treats on a four-day break.
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Sydney – Melbourne (D)

Group flight departs from Sydney or meet up with your Ross Tour Leader, Carolyn Dwyer at Melbourne Airport. We’re off to Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne with a guided tour. We’ll see the 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 placed to explore Melbourne’s great restaurant scene. We’ve planned a welcome dinner in the hotel tonight.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Wednesday 27 March 2019
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (B)

Spend a full day exploring the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which is staged within the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens. Wear comfortable shoes because there’s plenty to see and lots to buy. They’ll be colour, flowers, people, designers, new plants and a great buzz. Our hotel is just a few blocks away.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Thursday 28 March 2019
Yarra Valley Gardens(B/L)

We’re travelling through the Yarra Valley this morning to a property 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.
We’ll be ready for lunch when we arrive at Alowyn Gardens then we’ll stroll through this remarkable garden that’s been developed over the last 19 years. A series of cleverly designed spaces each with its own theme. Superb plant selection makes these spaces sing. And there is more planned. We love the parterre, the perennial border, the birch bosques and the dry garden, but the edible garden won us over.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Friday 29 March 2019
Melbourne – Home(B)

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


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Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

  • Return group airfare Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney with Qantas
  • 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 Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Melbourne International Flower Show, Lubra Bend Garden, Alowyn Gardens

Twin share, land only $1,895 per person
Twin share, including air $2,195 per person
Single supplement $725

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


Earlybird discount $50 if paid by 26 October 2018
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.