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12 – 19 NOVEMBER 2018

An exciting new tour of the high country of New England NSW, based in Armidale, then travelling across this high plateau to Tenterfield. Gates to a special selection
of private gardens are open wide with welcoming hospitality from friends of tour leader Sandra Ross.
Monday 12 November 2018
Home – Armidale(L/D)

Meet up with your Ross Tour Leader, Sandra Ross at Central Station, Coach Terminal, Sydney for the drive to Armidale following the scenic Bucketts Way and Thunderbolts Way. Lunch stop in Stroud. Late afternoon arrive in Armidale and check into our Hotel Powerhouse Armidale. Dinner is included tonight in the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel, Armidale

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Armidale (B/L)

Spend this day in and around Armidale visiting one town and one country garden with fabulous hospitality. This pretty regional city is our base to explore the New England High Country. We’ll meet Aussie plant expert Maria Hitchcock and learn about some of the best native plants. Her flannel flowers and waratahs should be in full bloom.

Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel, Armidale

Wednesday 14 November 2018

First stop this morning is the New England Regional Art Museum, built in 1983 specifically to exhibit the Howard Hinton Collection, an iconic collection of Australian Art. NERAM hosts changing exhibitions with works from its own collections, travelling exhibitions and works from leading regional artists. Next stop is Walcha where we will visit two country gardens and enjoy the hospitality of the locals at lunch. Free evening in Armidale.

Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel, Armidale

Thursday 15 November 2018
Uralla (B)

Uralla 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 and byways. We’ll stroll around the town, learning its history and we’ll visit a superb town garden. Free time for lunch and to browse the shops and galleries then travel back to Armidale with a stop at Saumarez Homestead with its Edwardian mansion, charming cottage garden, picking garden and heritage rose garden.

Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel, Armidale

Friday 16 November 2018
Armidale – Tenterfield (B/L/D)

We’ll sing along to Peter Allen’s Tenterfield Saddler as we make our way across the verdant ‘high country’ to Tenterfield. First stop is historic Ollera Station, settled in 1838 and still in family hands with its own church (St Bartholomew’s Church of England), cemetery, general store, blacksmith shop and restored slab huts. So much early Australian history here! Australian Standing Stones at Glen Innes is our lunch stop today, 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; the Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, Manx and Bretons. An elegant garden in Glen Innes this afternoon, Brandon, defined by hedges, in place for 28 years and maturing gracefully. Settle into our hotel The Henry Parkes Tenterfield, then stroll around town to get our bearings. Dinner is included tonight.

Accommodation: Best Western Henry Parkes Hotel, Tenterfield

Saturday 17 November 2018
Tenterfield (B/L/D)

We are in for a treat today; two enchanting private gardens, both beautifully designed and planted. We’ll have morning tea in the soft morning light at Glenrock, and twilight drinks in the receding light at Eagles Bluff. These gardens rarely open to the public. There are lots of lessons here, its mesmerising! Lunch in Mandy Reid’s garden Oakland in Tenterfield township with time to browse her nursery. ‘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

Sunday 18 November 2018
Tenterfield – Pokolbin(B/L/D)

On the road again today travelling to Pokolbin with two interesting stops along the way; Robyn Jackson’s Kooralbyn in Guyra and Charles Hanna’s Colly Creek at Willow Tree. It will be a fascinating journey down the New England Highway into the Hunter Valley. Check into Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens with our Farewell Dinner tonight in the restaurant.

Accommodation: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

Monday 19 November 2018
Pokolbin – Home(B)

We’ll take the train around the 12 hectares of Hunter Valley Gardens this morning as an introduction. Then we’ll have free time to wander through the ten horticulturally themed spaces. Free time to browse the Shopping Village and have lunch. Mid-afternoon arrive back to Sydney Central.


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Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Deluxe accommodation in for 7 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 6 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens, sightseeing and parks on tour including Eynsford, Auchinlea, Fangorn, Nevin garden, New England Regional Art Museum, Prairie Fields, Branga Plains, Old Bank Uralla, Saumarez Homestead, Ollera Station, Brandon, Glenrock, Oakland, Eagles Bluff, Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts, Kooralbyn, Colly Creek and Hunter Valley Gardens.

Twin Share per person $3,295
Single Supplement $650

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.


Early Bird $150 per person (Pay in full by 6/7/18)
Previous Traveller Discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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