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1 – 6 NOVEMBER 2019

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Go ‘behind the scenes’ at Flemington Racecourse; our special visit without the crowds, to see the famous rose gardens, parade grounds and marshalling yards, the day before the race, with the roses looking their best. Also visit Heide Museum of Modern Art and gardens and Cloudehill Garden.
Friday 1 November 2019
Home – 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 2 November 2019
Cloudehill Garden (B/L)

We are heading up to the top of the Dandenong Range this morning to Olinda and Cloudehill, the famous garden of Jeremy Francis. But first we will visit an extraordinary garden with architectural agaves, aloes, Australian bottle trees and yuccas with a colourful understorey of ground-covering succulents in a series of terraced garden rooms. It’s a garden entirely devoted to the diverse range of water-wise plants, including succulents, native trees and shrubs, flaxes and grasses. Its a garden of colour, texture and form. Lunch today overlooking the exquisite suite of garden rooms that is Cloudehill. This ‘Arts and Crafts’ style garden is the work of a supreme plantsman who gives every plant the care it needs to ‘shine’. The result is breath-taking beauty.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Sunday 3 November 2019
Heide Museum of Modern Art (B)

Heide Museum of Modern Art is our destination this morning 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, the wild garden and the famous kitchen garden in which Sunday worked daily.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

Monday 4 November 2019
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 archive 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 5 November 2019
The Lexus Melbourne Cup (B)

It’s race day at Flemington! Shoes polished, tiaras gleaming and we’re there. We have really good seats to enjoy the festivity, the fashions and the fun of the 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 6 November 2019
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
  • 1 lunch and 2 Dinners
  • Guided tours of Flemington Racecourse gardens
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including private gardens including Cloudehill, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Flemington Racecourse Gardens, Australian Racing Museum, Lexus Melbourne Cup admission, Grand Stand tickets (arranged by Ambassador Travel, Official Tour Operator for the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival)

Twin share, land only $4,295 per person
Twin share, including air $4,695 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 1/7/19
Previous Traveller discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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