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GARDENS OF NEW ENGLAND
27 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2021

ITINERARY
Ten days exploring the beautiful New England High Country, visiting Armidale, Walcha, Uralla, Tenterfield, Tamworth. See heritage towns, award winning country gardens, meet local gardeners and experience classic country hospitality.
DAY 1
Wednesday 27 October 2021
Sydney to Armidale (L/D)

Meet up with your Ross Tour Leader at Central Station, Coach Terminal, Sydney for the drive to Armidale following Bucketts Way through the picturesque Barrington Coast hinterland. Lunch stop in Stroud. Continue to Armidale along hte historic Thunderbolts Ways with a stop at Carson’s Lookout for some spectacular views. Late afternoon arrive in Armidale and check into our Hotel Powerhouse Armidale. This pretty regional city is our base to explore the New England High Country. Dinner is included tonight in the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel, Armidale

DAY 2
Thursday 28 October 2021
Private Gardens of Armidale (B/L)

Armidale is at the centre of New England and with it’s dyamic university culture, rich history and dedicated gardeners, it’s a wonderful town to explore. This morning meet Aussie plant expert Maria Hitchcock for a walk through her garden. Learn how to use indigenous plants in cooking plus there’s plenty of tips for growing bushfood. Lunch at the heritage listed Saumarez Homestead, an Edwardian mansion with a Jocelyn Brown-style cottage garden, picking garden and heritage rose garden. This afternoon, visit the serene gardens of Auchinlea and meet the inspiring owners. A garden for all seasons, in Spring Auchinlea is a mass of bulb colour and blloming magnolias, crab apples, cherry blossom.

Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel, Armidale

DAY 3
Friday 29 October 2021
Armidale (B/L)

Experience Armidale this morning with our local guide for some fascinating historical insights and a local persopectives. Finish the tour at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM). Built in 1983 specifically to exhibit the Howard Hinton Collection, an iconic collection of Australian Art, the NERAM hosts changing exhibitions with works from its own collections, travelling exhibitions and works from leading regional artists. Lunch included then time to visit the gallery. This afternoon is the lovely town garden of Eynsford. This gracious blue brick residence is home to one of Armidale’s best historical gardens. This garden is much loved and under the dedicated eye of its current owners now boasts a potager and extensive collections of rose, camellias and peonies.

Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel, Armidale

DAY 4
Saturday 30 October 2021
Armidale to Tenterfield via Guyra Gardens (B/L/D)

We’ll sing along to Peter Allen’s Tenterfield Saddler as we make our way across verdant ‘high country’ to Tenterfield. First stop is Robyn Jackson’s Kooralbyn for morning tea. Robyn has been gardening this two acres for three decades and has a treasured collection of peonies and aquilegias and lovely spring blossom trees. Historic Ollera Station, settled in 1838 and still in family hands with its own church, cemetery, general store, blacksmith shop and restored slab huts. Lunch at Ollera’s sister property, Cabarfeidh. Continue onto Tenterfield and settle into our hotel, The Henry Parkes Tenterfield. Time to stroll around this iconic country town. Dinner is included tonight.

Accommodation: Best Western Henry Parkes Hotel, Tenterfield

DAY 5
Sunday 31 October 2021
Tenterfield (B/L)

Stroll the streets of this historic town this morning, stopping into meet Mandy Reid at her gorgeous White Cottage Flower Farm. Shopping at the delightful store is a must! Lunch is a special treat at the Rosenhof German Café, situated in a vast Carolyn Robinson designed garden and located within a renovated 1858 heritage listed building. This excellent day is topped off with a visit to Carolyn Robinson’s famous private garden Eagles Bluff. After planting her first garden Glenrock, which we see tomorrow, Carolyn and her husband moved further out of town. Here on this rural property, you see Carolyn’s talent for merging the contrived garden with surrounding landscape, and in her hands, the result is a design triumph. Afternoon drinks here with Carolyn overlooking broad sweeping beds of perennials with stone terraceas that connect and enhance the views across to Bluffs River Nature Reserve.

Accommodation: Best Western Henry Parkes Hotel, Tenterfield

DAY 6
Monday 1 November 2021
Tenterfield (B/L/D)

Our much awaited visit to Glenrock Gardens to meet current owner Annie Jones. Designed by Carolyn Robinson, Glenrock Gardens is an award winning country garden designed in the English style with dry stone rock walls throughout surrounded and interspersed with bushland. A succession of lakes divide the parkland, the northern prairie borders and woodland gardens with the terraces, croquet lawns, spring borders and double borders. There is much to see here and after mornign tea and garden tour, lunch is enjoyed in the garden. Time this afternoon to take in Tenterfield – make sure you the Tenterfield Saddler! ‘Re-enactment’ Dinner tonight in the Banquet Hall of the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts and a ‘re-enactment’ of Sir Henry Parkes’ famous 1889 speech, known as the Tenterfield Oration

Accommodation: Best Western Henry Parkes Hotel, Tenterfield

DAY 7
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Tenterfield to Tamworth (B/D)

Farewell to Tenterfield and head south to the Australian Standing Stones at Glen Innes, a tribute to the Celtic heritage of the early European settlers to this district and a cultural gathering place for people from the Celtic communities. Nearby is an elegant garden Brandon. Peaceful and idyllic, the garden surrounds a gracious 1870 home once owned by the first magistrate in Glen Innes. Explore this elegant estate with morning tea in the garden. Further south, historic Uralla beckons. This charming village is a treasure trove of heritage listed buildings: 50 buildings of historical significance, several date from the 1860s when ‘gentleman bushranger’ Captain Thunderbolt ruled the local highways. We’ll stroll around the town, learning its history with time to browse the shops and galleries. Travel onto Tamworth.

Accommodation: Ridges Powerhouse, Tamworth

DAY 8
Wednesday 3 November 2021
Walcha (B)

On the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range is Walcha, the oldest settlement in New England, with a rich history and thriving arts community showcased by an impressive outdoor sculpture display. The Open Air Gallery now boasts close to fifty sculptures, making Walcha the most art saturated town in Australia. Here we visit beautiful two country gardens with gracious hsopitality. Then it’s time to stroll the streets and take in these amazing outdoor sculptures. Free evening in Armidale.

Accommodation: Ridges Powerhouse, Tamworth

DAY 9
Thursday 4 November 2021
Tamworth to Hunter Valley Gardens (B/D)

A surprise garden visit in Tamworth this morning before we wind our way south through rolling green hills of the Upper Hunter. A cellar door stop at a prestigious Pokolbin winery before checking into the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens. A farewell dinner together tonight at our hotel.

Accommodation: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Polkolbin

DAY 10
Friday 5 November 2021
Pokolbin – Home(B)

Hunter Valley Gardens today. Built by Bill and Imelda Roche, the gardens boast kilometres of walking paths winding through 14 hectares of gardens. The 10 individually themed gardens showcase the artistry of gardens around the world and use both native and exotic varieties of plants. We’ll take the train through the gardens then free time to wander. After lunch travel home to Sydney.

HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

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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.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
CLAIRE BICKLE
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Deluxe accommodation in for 7 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens, sightseeing and parks on tour including Fanghorn Garden, Auchinlea, Eynsford Garden, Armidale History Tour, New England Regional Art Musuem, Saumarez Heritage Estate, Kooralbyn, Ollera Station, Cabarfeidh, White Cottage Flower Farm, Eagle Blussff, Glenrock, Standing Stones, Brandon, Prarie Fields, Branga Plains, Open Air Sculpture Gallery, Hunter Valley Gardens
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share per person $3,995
Single Supplement $850

All prices in Australian dollars. Prices based on minimum 15 passengers. Price is based on departure from Sydney. Price from other ports available. Group meals do not include beverages. Ask us about other sightseeing and travel arrangements including pre and post tour accommodation, transfers, stopovers and other tours.

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $100 per person (Pay in full by 29/6/2021)
Previous Traveller Discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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