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ORANGE NSW COUNTRY GARDENS & FOOD WEEK
1 – 6 APRIL 2022

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ITINERARY
Experience the colours and beauty of autumn in NSW’s Central West in April. Under crisp skies, explore gardens in Orange, Oberon, Little Hartley and Mt Wilson. Meet artistic gardeners, heritage fruit growers and dreamscape designers. Soak in the charm of historic towns, visit country nurseries and a mountain estate rarely open to the public. Coinciding with Orange’s famous F.O.O.D Week, this 6 day getaway is a feast for all the senses.
DAY 1
Friday 1 April 2022
Sydney to Orange (L)

Meet our Ross Tour Leader this morning at Central Station, Sydney. Travelling by coach we head west to the Fairmont Resort at Leura, overlooking the eucalyptus filled Jamieson Valley, in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Celebrate the start of our tour over lunch. Continue to Orange in the heart of the Central West. Elegant and historic with a dynamic local farming community, this beautiful inland city has become one of NSW’s best autumn destinations. It’s higher altitude makes for sublime leaf colours during April. Check into The Remington, your contemporary hotel for the next three nights. Time to freshen up before heading out to the Friday Night Markets, a brilliant outdoor event which kicks off Orange’s famous F.O.O.D Week Festival. Celebrating it’s 31st year, it is one of Australia’s top ten food festivals.

Accommodation: The Remington Hotel, Orange

DAY 2
Saturday 2 April 2022
Orange (B/L)

Leisurely morning to meet local growers and artisans, stock up on regional gourmet essentials, and sample fresh produce at the Orange Farmers Market. Afterwards, stroll through heritage-listed Cook Park. Established in 1873, much of the park’s original Victorian design remains. See hundreds of begonias in bloom in the ‘Blowes Conservatory’ and the magnificent tree collection of elms, cedars, bunya bunya pine and the giant sequoia ‘Hug Tree’. At Borrodell Estate, an astonishingly beautiful estate on the slopes of the extinct volcano, Mt Canobolas, it’s a feast for all the senses. Here, apples, cherries, plums, quinces, persimmons, almonds and Black Perigord Truffles are grown sustainably and pesticide-free. A tour through the heritage apple orchard with its unique collection of over 200 varieties. Grown in another era, when seasonality and flavours drove the market, they all have attributes that make them special. Scrumptious lunch included today, overlooking the Pinot Noir vineyard where leaves glow golden in the afternoon light and views of the Towac Valley are endless, this is an unforgettable experience! Free time tonight to enjoy Orange’s acclaimed food scene and try one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation: The Remington Hotel, Orange

DAY 3
Sunday 3 April 2022
Country Gardens (B/D)

Two country properties today. At “The Garden Curator”, Colleen Southwell is inspired by her garden, the natural environment, everyday objects and a commitment to celebrating beauty in the little things. Underpinned by the “SLOW” philosophy upon which the Slow Food movement has been built, “Slow Gardening” encourages us to savour our gardens throughout the seasons and live in the here and now. Peek into Colleen’s delightful tin shed art studio and view her exquisite artworks, which have been receiving rave reviews in recent exhibitions. Country style morning tea on Colleen’s terrace overlooking her garden and farm. As hard as it is to leave Colleen and her lovely family, historic Milthorpe beckons. Classified by the National Trust and unchanged since the 1900s, the country village of Milthorpe is an absolute gem and the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Later, it’s gardens and bubbles at Jenny Hancock’s gorgeous country property, Whim Park. Jenny invites us to sip champagne as we stroll the garden – country life doesn’t get much better! Named after the property’s original draysheds, Jenny’s Drayshed Nursery and Art Gallery, adjacent to the farm, are full of planty treasures. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: The Remington Hotel, Orange

DAY 4
Monday 4 April 2022
Mayfield Garden (B/L)

Say farewell to Orange today and travel to Mayfield Garden. Nestled within a 5000-acre working farm in a quiet valley in Oberon is the extraordinary private garden of Mayfield. Made up of two main garden areas, Mayfield Garden and the Hawkins’ Family Garden, which together make up the spectacular, world-class 65-hectare cool climate garden. Inspired by the great European gardens, there is much to see here. From stunning seasonal plantings to unique follies and exquisitely designed garden areas including the Water Garden. A triumph of garden design with its oak trees, groves of beech and colourful collection of maples. In Autumn, the garden is emblazoned with reds, oranges, and yellows. Our private tour with one of Mayfield’s gardeners reveals both the highlights and the garden’s hidden gems. Morning tea and lunch included. Travel onto Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains and check-in to the heritage-listed Carrington Hotel, “The Grand Old Lady of Katoomba”, your home for the next two nights.

Accommodation: The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

DAY 5
Tuesday 5 April 2022
Little Hartley Gardens (B/L/D)

Tucked away in Little Hartley are two very different gardens. Wild Meadows, a country garden designed by horticulturalist Stephen Vella is first. With an esteemed career spanning three decades, Stephen’s brilliant talent in plant selection and design is apparent immediately upon entering Wild Meadows. With its exacting selection, this garden offers drama in every season, but in autumn it glows – literally – as pears, maples and crabapples change colour and russet-coloured grasses sway in the breeze. Time for shopping at Stephen’s nursery. Highfields Garden is the latest creation of David Kennedy, renown horticulturist and owner of Clover Hill Rare Plants. Sited to take advantage of magnificent views and full sun, Highfields is a horticultural triumph. Here borders are dense with incredibly beautiful and complex plantings, dry gardens thrive without ever knowing a hose, and rare grasses and perennials fill a meadow. It’s not surprising this garden has received international acclaim in a very short time. Soak up the ambience over lunch on the terrace. Farewell dinner tonight at the Carrington Hotel.

Accommodation: The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

DAY 6
Wednesday 6 April 2022
Katoomba to Sydney (B/L)

Dennarque Estate is surrounded by the timeless beauty of Mt Wilson. This heritage-listed cool climate garden possesses a majesty, grace and scale that is compelling. In this rich garden wonderland, you’ll discover a glorious collection of significant trees. Ash, chestnut, elm, oak and giant sequoias were planted in the 1880’s under the watchful direction of Charles Moore, an early Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. In autumn, the colour of hundreds of maple trees will be stunning in their display. Lunch is included on the estate before heading back to Sydney.

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
KIRSTY NOBLE
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Deluxe accommodation for 5 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 5 Lunches
  • 2 Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all gardens, sightseeing and national parks on tour including; Orange F.O.O.D Week , Farmers Market, Borrodell Estate, The Garden Curator, Milthorpe Village, Drayshed Nursery and Art Gallery, Mayfield Garden, Wild Meadows Garden, Highfields Garden, Dennarque Estate.
TOUR PRICE

Twin share, per person, land only $2,995
Single supplement $595

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

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird discount $100 – Pay in full by 2/12/21
Previous Traveller discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

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