• This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

GARDENS OF MONARO & BRIGHT AUTUMN FESTIVAL
22 APRIL – 2 MAY 2021

Book Now

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, celebrate at Bright’s famous Autumn Festival and soak in the astonishing natural beauty that surrounds you. This is an 11 day visual and seasonal feast.
DAY 1
Thursday 22 April 2021
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. 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. Then check into our boutique Canberra hotel for two nights.

Accommodation: Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra

DAY 2
Friday 23 April 2021
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. Afternoon at a unique mediterranean style garden. Inspired by the gardens of France and Italy, as well as Australia’s own grand designer Paul Bangay, this exquisite private garden features carefully selected plantings, strong architectural elements and a simple colour palette. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra

DAY 3
Saturday 24 April 2021
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
Sunday 25 April 2021
Anzac Day and Charlotte Pass (B/L/D)

Anzac 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
Monday 26 April 2021
Private Cooma Gardens(B)

Step into Monaro history today when we visit Hazeldean, a huge pastoral property with a homestead and outbuildings that date back to the late 19th century. One of the oldest and largest merino and angus cattle studs in Australia. We’ll explore this mature garden along with Libby Litchfield’s hospitality at morning tea. Afternoon visit to proud Cooma residents, Jenny and Imants Tillers and their special garden with 150 year old trees.

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 6
Tuesday 27 April 2021
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 Snowy Mountains, Jindabyne

Accommodation: Rydges Horizons Hotel, Lake Jindabyne

DAY 7
Wednesday 28 April 2021
High Country to Victoria(B/L/D)

Today we journey through the Alps to Victoria’s Alpine High Country. Lunch is included today at a Farm Gate restaurant with a beautiful garden, tucked away in the scenic National Trust classified Kiewa Valley. 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
Thursday 29 April 2021
Beechworth (B)

Beechworth is one of Australia’s best preserved, photogenic, historic goldrush towns and today we join a local guide for a private tour. The buildings of the historic and cultural precinct are listed on the registers of Heritage Victoria, the National Estate and the National Trust. Hear the tales from Beechworth’s past including the bushranger Ned Kelly. Beechworth has a thriving community of artisans, producers, boutiques, cafes and restaurants and we’ve got plenty of time here to relax and soak up the charm of this beautiful town. Afternoon visit to an olive grove and discover how this family business is harvesting and producing their organic olive oil products. There are more than 2,700 trees and you’ll have the chance to try many of the varieties.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

DAY 9
Friday 30 April 2021
Bright Festival Open Gardens (B/D)

Bright is world famous for its vast and stunning display of European trees that turn brilliant colours when autumn comes to this picturesque valley town. Elms, oaks, poplars, maples and other deciduous trees create a blaze of autumn colours. Today we’ll visit a selection of private gardens opening for the Bright Autumn Festival. Be inspired by their diverse styles and designs. Meet the gardeners and learn about their methods, plantings and ideas. Afternoon visit to an apple orchard and a local cold climate vineyard to see how their wines are produced. Sip wine and taste local cheese, soaking in magnificent valley views. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

DAY 10
Saturday 1 May 2021
Bright Festival Gala Day(B/D)

Gala Day at the Bright Autumn Festival – a day to join with locals and visitors to celebrate the glorious autumn colours and produce of Victoria’s Alpine High Country. There will be a street fair and parade, brass band and street stalls. Farewell Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

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

We’ll head home to Sydney today. Along the way we’ll see Silo Art, take a break at the historic town of Gundagai and admire scenic rural views. Lunch included today in the riverside village of Jugiong. Return to Central Station late afternoon.

Accommodation: Lancemore Milawa, Milawa

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

Book Now

TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
KIRSTY NOBLE
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 5 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 7 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, Tour Rouge Garden, Snowy River Discovery Centre, Kosciuszko National Park, Hazeldean, Shirley Garden, Curry Flat Garden, L’Oliveraie Olive Grove, Beechworth History Tour, Bright Festival Open Gardens, Bright Gala Day, Ringer Reef Winery Tour
TOUR PRICE

Twin share, per person, land only $5,395
Single supplement $795

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

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $100. Book and pay before 15/1/2021
Previous Traveller discount $100
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

download this itinerary

OTHER TOURS

Chelsea Flower Show and the Gardens of England

Come with us to an England up to its knees in spring blossom, carpets of bluebells and meadows of wildflowers. Our tour includes the cerulean Cornish Coastline. It’s a heavenly mix of gardens: Royal, public, and private with Opening Day at the spectacular Chelsea Flower Show.

Top End: Broome to Darwin

Travel in comfort across the unforgettable landscapes of the Kimberley, Kununurra, Katherine and Kakadu. Deep rugged gorges, tumbling waterfalls, ancient rock art: you’ll see it all.

East Coast USA

From George Washington’s private garden at Mt Vernon to the contemporary Oudolf designed masterpiece on New York’s High Line, we’ll visit majestic heritage homes and a trifecta of Pennsylvanian beauties: Longwood Gardens, Winterthur and charming Chanticleer. It’s an East Coast USA garden adventure of a lifetime travelling with Graham and Sandra Ross through Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Newport Rhode Island.

Japan’s Spring Flower Festivals

Japan celebrates Golden Week with festivals of azalea, peony, wisteria and the last of the cherry blossom. Our floral adventure begins in the deep mountains of Nikko, and then travels over four islands of the archipelago: Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Naoshima. Highlight includes walking beneath Japan’s famous wisteria tunnels. See cities Tokyo, Matsue, Okayama and Takamatsu.

Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges is some of Australia’s most dramatic landscapes. Journey from Adelaide, through the Clare Valley for the SA Autumn Festival, and into the outback. See towering ancient cliffs, spectacular gorges, outback stations, Wilpena Pound and Lake Eyre.