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2 – 7 November 2018

Go behind the scenes at The Race That Stops The Nation TM. Special visit to see the Flemington racecourse rose garden before the race, when the roses are looking their best. Highlights include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Heide Museum of Modern Art and gardens, Werribee Mansion and the Victoria State Rose Garden.
Friday 2 November 2018
Sydney – Melbourne (D)

Depart Sydney with your Ross Tour Leader, Carolyn Dwyer for your afternoon flight to Melbourne. Check into our hotel located in the heart of Melbourne. Join your fellow travellers for cocktails and Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday 3 November 2018
Werribee Park (B)

We’re off to Werribee; a living, breathing postcard of 19th century Australia. Wealthy sheep farmers built this Italianate mansion with elaborate Victorian interiors as beautiful today as they were in 1877. We’ll check out these interiors first and then the formal gardens and the Victoria State Rose Garden beyond. Roses here are grown to perfection. 5,000 roses are displayed within four uniquely shaped designs, the main one set in the shape of a Tudor Rose. Two themed displays complete the rose design; a Federation Leaf dedicated to Australian roses and the David Austin Bud showcasing roses of 46 DA cultivars.
The Werribee rose garden is separated from the formal gardens by a Heritage Border featuring unusual and historic roses from around the world. The afternoon is free for you to explore the beautiful arcades and laneways of Melbourne city, and not far from our hotel.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Sunday 4 November 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (B)

Morning visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne with a guided tour finishing up in the cafe for coffee. We’ll see the Children’s Garden, Perennial Border, Rose Garden, Arid Garden, Guilfoyle’s Volcano, the Lake system and Fern Gully and the Forest Walk. Its a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city. Heide Museum of Modern Art is our destination this afternoon that began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia’s most important cultural institutions. Amassing an outstanding collection of the contemporary art of their time, the Reeds commissioned the construction of a ‘gallery to be lived in’. This modernist architectural icon eventually opened as a public art museum in November 1981. They are remembered as champions of modern art and literature and remain two of Australia’s most important art benefactors. We will explore the gardens that Sunday Reed loved so much, her walled garden, original kitchen garden, the wild garden and the famous kitchen garden in which Sunday worked daily.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Monday 5 November 2018
Flemington Race Course (B/D)

A special pre-race visit has been arranged this morning at Flemington Racecourse with a walking tour of the grounds with roses all the way; 16,000 of them all looking spectacular. Without the crowds we will be able to explore the racecourse, yards and the gardens. And we’ll finish at the museum with the full history of the Melbourne Cup. Time to relax at our hotel before a special Gala dinner this evening at Crown Casino. We’ll be wined, dined and entertained, and we’ll meet racing personalities. It promises to be a great night in preparation for tomorrow’s race.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Tuesday 6 November 2018
The Emirates Melbourne Cup (B)

It’s race day at Flemington! Shoes polished, tiaras gleaming and we’re there. We have great seats to enjoy the festivity, the fashions and the fun of the Lexus Melbourne Cup. We have our own coach to get back to our hotel at the end of a very exciting day.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Wednesday 7 November 2018
Melbourne – Home (B)

A relaxed breakfast this morning before we check-out and transfer to Melbourne Airport for our homeward flight.


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Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

  • Return economy airfare Sydney/Melbourne/Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 5 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 2 Dinners
  • Guided tours of Flemington Racecourse gardens
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Flemington Racecourse Rose Gardens, Werribee Mansion, Victoria State Rose Garden, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Gardens, Lexus Melbourne Cup admission, Grand Stand tickets (arranged by Ambassador Travel, Official Tour Operator for the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival)

Twin share, land only $4,195 per person
Twin share, including air $4,595 per person
Single supplement $1,195

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


Early Bird $150. Book and pay before 30/6/18
Previous Traveller discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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