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Gardens of Monaro
29 April – 4 May 2019

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The spectacular Monaro High Country at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains is home to some of Australia’s most stunning private gardens, situated on historic merino sheep and cattle stations. The Monaro Plain is beautiful in its isolation, far horizons and swaying grasslands. The sight of the velvet dark blue sky immediately after sunset is spell-binding.
Jindabyne is our base for this six-day short break. The brilliant colours of autumn are sublime at this altitude.
Monday 29 April 2019
Sydney – Canberra (L/D)

Meet your tour leader at Sydney Central Coach Terminal and board our coach bound for Canberra. Lunch today at The Australian National Botanic Gardens. We will stroll through some of the themed gardens to appreciate Australia’s unique flora and celebrate the use and value of native plants. The Gardens were established in the foothills of Black Mountain where the natural slopes and gullies have been used in the landscape design. The garden beds follow the contours of the site to maximise available space and reduce water run-off. The more protected gullies protect the plants from the extremes of weather and are relatively frost-free. The National Gallery is next to see ‘Terra Incognita’ a 2005 painting by Imants Tillers. Check into our hotel the Crowne Plaza in the city centre with a Welcome Dinner at the restaurant this evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Canberra

Tuesday 30 April 2019
Canberra – Jindabyne (B/D)

The National Arboretum is our first stop this morning. There are 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world here. Next is our favourite Heritage Nursery in Yarralumla, full of plant treasures. This afternoon we head down the Monaro Highway to Cooma first then onto Jindabyne. It’s a glorious road, lined with glowing golden poplars illuminated with sunshine, especially around Berridale. Check into Rydges Horizons on Lake Jindabyne with dinner included in the restaurant.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Wednesday 1 May 2019
Cooma (B)

Visit Hazeldean, a huge pastoral property with a homestead and outbuildings that date back to the late 19th century. We’ll explore this mature garden and enjoy Libby Litchfield’s hospitality at morning tea.
Cooma is rich in history and gardens. Learn how gold was discovered in Kiandra in the 1860’s and Cooma became prosperous. The start of the Snowy Scheme in 1949 and the influx of thousands of workers from post-war Europe changed its character and gave it a rich cultural diversity. This afternoon, head back to Jindabyne, put our feet up and enjoy the view.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Thursday 2 May 2019
Monaro (B/L)

Two beautiful ‘cold climate’ country gardens today. A tree-lined driveway leads into Shirley and opens into a garden oasis with expansive lawns and a lake. We’ll have morning tea here and then explore the gardens with sweeping views over the Monaro Plains. Next stop is lunch with Sue and Jim Jardine at Curry Flat. William Jardine came to Monaro in 1846 and started a flour mill using the waters of the Snowy River. We’ll take the Snowy River Way back to Jindabyne, via Dalgety. This tiny town is the only remaining NSW town on the Snowy River; the old towns of Adaminaby and Jindabyne were flooded after the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme was built in the 1950’s.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Friday 3 May 2019
Thredbo (B/L)

We are headed for the high country today as we travel up the Alpine Way into Kosciuszko National Park to Thredbo. We’ll take the chairlift to the top of Mount Crackenback and notice the change in vegetation zones with the change in elevation. At the top, we reach the alpine zone, where no trees grow due to the harsh climate. Look out at the rugged landscape with majestic views of the Australian Alps stretching out before us. Lunch is included today in Thredbo then we will take a scenic drive to Charlottes Pass, weather permitting.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

Saturday 4 May 2019
Jindabyne to Sydney(B/L)

Travel back to Sydney via Canberra this morning to Pialligo Estate where they have been farming since the 1820’s. Explore the orchard with 1000 fruit trees growing on the fertile floodplain of the Molonglo River. There’s the vineyard, the market garden and the olive grove with four hundred Correggiola olive trees, a Tuscan variety well suited to the region. Lunch will be served in the Garden Pavilion. Return this afternoon to Sydney Central Coach Terminal.


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  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 5 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 4 Lunches
  • 2 Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all gardens, sightseeing and national parks on tour including; Australian National Botanic Gardens, National Gallery of Australia, National Arboretum Canberra, Heritage Nursery Yarralumla, Hazeldean, Shirley Garden, Curry Flat Garden, Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo Chairlift, Pialligo Estate

Twin share, per person, land only $2,995
Single supplement $495

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 3/12/18
Previous Traveller discount $25
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

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