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GARDENS OF MONARO & BRIGHT
22 APRIL – 2 MAY 2022

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ITINERARY
Autumn in Australia’s high country is sublime. Travel through Canberra to the spectacular Monaro High Country at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Visit much loved gardens of local pioneering families and soak in majestic views. Journey through alpine valleys into Victoria’s scenic North East, one of the state’s fastest growing gourmet regions. Explore historic gold-rush towns and soak in the astonishing natural beauty that surrounds you. This is an 11-day visual and seasonal feast.
DAY 1
Friday 22 April 2022
Sydney – Canberra (L)

Meet your Ross Garden Tour leader at Sydney Coach Terminal Central and board our coach bound for Canberra. Lunch is included at The Australian National Botanic Gardens. Then stroll through these themed gardens to appreciate Australia’s unique flora and celebrate the use and value of our native plants. These gardens were established in the foothills of Black Mountain where the natural slopes and gullies have been used in the landscape design. 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.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Canberra

DAY 2
Saturday 23 April 2022
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 is included today, then a visit to our favourite Heritage Nursery in Yarralumla, full of plant treasures. This afternoon, delight in the works of art on show at The National Gallery of Australia, established in 1967. Famous works include: ‘Blue Poles’ by Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali’s Lobster Telephone and Andy Warhols’ Elvis print. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Canberra

DAY 3
Sunday 24 April 2022
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 25 April 2022
Anzac Day and Charlotte Pass (B/L/D)

AAnzac Day Dawn Service in Banjo Patterson Park is an option today for our early risers. Later we’ll watch the Anzac Day March in Jindabyne. Then we head to the high country for lunch and stroll through a beautiful sculpture garden. In Kosciuszko National Park, take a walk at Charlotte Pass with a local guide to learn about this fascinating alpine country, the wildlife and plant varieties. Here in the high Alps, majestic views stretch for miles. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 5
Tuesday 26 April 2022
Hazeldean (B)

Step into Monaro history today at Hazeldean, a huge pastoral property with a homestead and outbuildings that date back to the late 19th century. Enjoy Libby Litchfield’s hospitality at morning tea. Afternoon visit to the home of Jenny and Imants Tillers so see their garden and to understand the genius of one of Australia’s great artists.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 6
Wednesday 27 April 2022
Monaro Gardens (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. Shirley’s garden has been developed by three-generations of the one family. Recent renovations by Paul Bangay incorporate the homestead’s rich history, while cultivating the family’s love of European formality. We’ll have morning tea here on the terrace 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. The historic 1880’s Curry Flat Homestead was designed by renowned Monaro archictect Donald Cochrane and still remains true to the original design with gracious verandahs and bay windows. The garden was designed and laid out by Claude Crowe of Berrima Bridge Nurseries in 1954 and most of this design also still remain. We’ll take the Snowy River Way back to Jindabyne, via historic Dalgety.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 7
Thursday 28 April 2022
High Country to Victoria (B/L/D)

Today we journey through the Alps to Victoria’s Alpine High Country. Continue through this picturesque corner of North East Victoria to Milawa and our luxurious hotel for 4 nights. This is one of Australia’s oldest gourmet regions – an area of exceptional beauty with valleys lined with grape vines and where towns embrace a rich culinary cultural history. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

DAY 8
Friday 29 April 2022
Bright (B)

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 Milawa with dinner tonight in Wangaratta.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

DAY 9
Saturday 30 April 2022
Beechworth (B/D)

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 tea stop in Milawa Cheese Co with tastings included.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

DAY 10
Sunday 1 May 2021
Chiltern (B/D)

Chiltern historic village is our first stop today, with its carefully preserved streetscapes and historic brick buildings.
Coffee stop in Yackandandah, home to acclaimed artists, potters, painters, sculptors and stitchers.
Lunch is next in the heart of the Kiewa Valley with Mt Bogong the highest mountain in Victoria, in the background. Travel back to Milawa with wine tasting at Brown Brothers, next to our hotel in Milawa.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

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

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

HOW TO BOOK

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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.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
SANDRA ROSS
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 10 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 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 and pay before 10 January 2022
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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