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GARDENS OF MONARO & BEECHWORTH/BRIGHT
21 APRIL – 1 MAY 2023

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ITINERARY
Autumn in Australia’s high country is sublime. Journey to the spectacular Monaro High Country at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Visit the gardens of local pioneering families. Travel through to Wangaratta, our base to explore this picturesque corner of Victoria, now a fast growing gourmet food and wine region. This is an 11-day visual and seasonal feast.
DAY 1
Friday 21 April 2023
Sydney – Canberra (L)

Meet your Ross Garden Tour leader at Sydney Coach Terminal Central and board our coach bound for Canberra. Lunch is included then afternoon visit to The Australian National Botanic Gardens with a guided tour. Check into your Canberra hotel for two nights.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Canberra

DAY 2
Saturday 22 April 2023
National Arboretum Canberra (B/L/D)

The National Arboretum is our first stop this morning. A vision for the future, there are 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world here. More than 48,000 trees grow on this 250-hectare site, with species from over 100 countries represented. A special treat here is the impressive National Bonsai & Penjing Collection. Located at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin, this still new arboretum has panoramic views over Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin and beyond. Our guide will board our coach for a guided tour. Lunch included then an afternoon drive around the gardens at Old Parliament House and the Embassies. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Canberra

DAY 3
Sunday 23 April 2023
Canberra to Jindabyne (B/L/D)

Head south today down the Monaro Highway to Cooma. It’s a glorious drive lined with glowing golden poplars illuminated with sunshine, especially around Berridale. The scenery is dramatic and changing as we travel up to the Monaro Plains. At the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, discover the amazing history of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, considered one of the engineering wonders of the modern world. From the early days of construction in 1949, the influx of thousands of workers from post-war Europe changed the area’s character giving Cooma a rich cultural diversity which continues to flourish today. Then, the beautiful Raglan Gallery built in 1854, still retains some of the original 100-year-old gardens. Check into our hotel on Lake Jindabyne, in the heart of the Snowy Mountains for four nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 4
Monday 24 April 2023
Monaro Gardens (B/L/D)

Two beautiful country gardens today. A tree-lined driveway leads into ‘Shirley’, a garden oasis developed by three generations of one family. Lunch at the historic 1880’s Curry Flat Homestead, designed by renowned Monaro architect Donald Cochrane and unchanged. Take the scenic Snowy River Way back to Jindabyne, via historic Dalgety. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 5
Tuesday 25 April 2023
Anzac Day & Charlotte Pass (B/D)

Watch the sky lighten and the sun rise this morning at the Anzac Day Dawn Service, then later this morning horses, bands and marchers assemble in the Jindi Village for the annual Anzac Parade. Learn about alpine flora this afternoon at Charlotte Pass in Kosciuszko National Park. Take a board walk through Snow Gum forests. Panoramic views across to Mount Kosciusko. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 6
Wednesday 26 April 2023
Monaro Gardens (B/D)

Step into Monaro history today at Hazeldean, a huge pastoral property with a homestead, woolshed and carriage house, that date back to the late 19th century; seven generations of the Litchfield Family have farmed this land. Enjoy Libby Litchfield’s hospitality at morning tea, then a stroll through her garden. Afternoon visit to Cooma residents, Jenny and Imants Tillers and their restful garden with studio.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 7
Thursday 27 April 2023
High Country to Victoria (B/L/D)

A magnificent ride today along the Alpine Way, across the Snowy Mountains, with stops in Khancoban and Corryong. Continue through to Wangaratta, our base to explore this picturesque corner of northeast Victoria. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Quest, Wangaratta

DAY 8
Friday 28 April 2023
Bright (B/L)

Cameras at the ready today as we explore Bright and the surrounding valleys, blessed with a perfect climate for magnificent autumn colours. Mature Scarlet Oaks line Bright’s main boulevard. Two gardens will be opening for us, one in Bright and one in Harrietville. At this time there is a bounty of food and produce with walnuts, hazelnuts and apples in full production. Our visit to Nightingale Apples, in Wandiligong, will be rewarding. Travel back to Wangaratta.

Accommodation: Quest, Wangaratta

DAY 9
Saturday 29 April 2023
Beechworth (B)

Historic Beechworth is our destination today, steeped in the history of the discovery of gold in 1852. This picturesque, heritage listed town has been beautifully preserved and restored. Our guided tour will reveal fascinating legacy of the pioneers, preserved in historic buildings and heritage streetscapes. Afternoon stop at Brown Brothers in Milawa for wine tasting.

Accommodation: Quest, Wangaratta

DAY 10
Sunday 30 April 2023
Kiewa Valley (B/L)

Discover the Kiewa Valley today when we travel to Kergunyah to have lunch with the Waddingtons. Coffee stop and a stroll down the heritage listed main street of Yackandandah, with well-preserved and restored buildings. Autumn trees will be ablaze in this picture postcard old town. Last stop today is Mrytleford, once famous for tobacco crops and now famous for its vineyards, berries, nuts and olives.

Accommodation: Quest, Wangaratta

DAY 11
Monday 2 May 2021
Wangaratta to Sydney (B/L)

Travel back to Sydney today. Picnic lunch included. Return to Central Station late afternoon.

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY ANGIE THOMAS
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 10 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 8 Lunches
  • 6 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, Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, Kosciuszko National Park, Hazeldean, Shirley Garden, Curry Flat Garden, Milawa Cheese Factory, Beechworth History Tour, Kalimna Garden, Shadybrook Garden, Lakeview House, Brown Brothers Winery.
TOUR PRICE

Twin share, per person, tour only $5,795
Single supplement $795

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

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $100. Book & pay by 22 December 2022
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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