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VICTORIA COUNTRY GARDENS

13 – 19 MARCH 2023

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ITINERARY
Discover Victoria’s finest country gardens at their perennial peak. Gates are open just for us! Meet the master gardeners and learn their secrets; David Glenn’s Lambley, Paul Bangay’s Stonefields, Annie Smithers’ Babbington Park and Digger’s Garden of St Erth.
DAY 1
Monday 13 March 2023
Home to Hepburn Springs (L/D)

Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for Qantas flight to Melbourne. Head to the beautiful Macedon Ranges for a Welcome Lunch at an 1860 Victorian country house and top culinary school. The private garden of Stone Hill is a perennial masterpiece designed by Michael McCoy. Our trip is perfectly timed for the peak of summer perennials. Travel onto Hepburn Springs and check into your stylish hotel for three nights. Dinner included.

Accommodation: Bellinzona Resort and Spa, Hepburn Springs

DAY 2
Tuesday 14 March 2023
Frogmore Gardens and du Fermier (B/L)

Two exceptional gardens today; Babbington Park where celebrity chef Annie Smithers opens the gates to her prolific private kitchen garden. It’s the source of 90% of the food served in her famous French farmhouse restaurant, ‘du Fermier’ in Trentham, where we will have lunch. Frogmore is next, famous for its well-designed flower borders. You’ll love every inch of this garden: its theatrical setting, corridors into the surrounding landscape and beautiful plant collections.

Accommodation: Bellinzona Resort and Spa, Hepburn Springs

DAY 3
Wednesday 15 March 2023
Convent Gallery (B/L)

The beautifully restored Convent Gallery is nestled on the crest of Wombat Hill, overlooking Daylesford; a series of galleries, museum, café, and gift shop.
This is our first stop today, our opportunity to see local, national, and international artworks. Lunch today will be memorable at ‘The Boathouse‘ on Lake Daylesford.

Accommodation: Bellinzona Resort and Spa, Hepburn Springs

DAY 4
Thursday 16 March 2023
Stonefields (B)

Paul Bangay’s Stonefields ‘superstar’ garden is our first stop this morning; a series of stunning formal garden rooms surrounded by a suite of informal gardens.
Lunch is next at Blackwood Ridge, set in a garden oasis, with time to explore this fine private garden. Travel on to Ballarat, check in to Craig’s Royal Hotel in the city centre.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 5
Friday 17 March 2023
Lambley and Ceres Homestead (B/L)

David Glenn’s Lambley is world-renowned as a benchmark in sustainable gardening. David will explain all aspects of this complex suite of gardens as he leads
us through his masterpiece. Perennials will be in full flower at this time; dreamy, romantic and tough!

A treat today at Ceres Homestead with our host, Jane Charles who has restored this beautiful old property to its glory days! Built in 1864 by Thomas Bath, the first
licensee on the Ballarat goldfields and famously embellished for the visit in 1867 by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. Jane will show us her magnificent home,
refurbished outbuildings and her garden. And she will host us at a long table luncheon!

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 6
Saturday 18 March 2023
Ballarat Botanic Gardens (B/D)

A gentle walk this morning to discover the fascinating history of the gold that gave life to Ballarat and funded its beautiful architectural heritage.
Afternoon visit to Ballarat Botanical Gardens, on Lake Wendouree with its famous conservatory filled with tuberous begonias. Farewell Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 7
Sunday 19 March 2023
Garden of St Erth (B/L)

The Garden of St Erth, planned and planted by Tommy Garnett, is now managed by Diggers Club. Magnificent at this time with late summer flowers and a carefully curated collection of cool climate plants and historic orchards. Continue to Melbourne Airport for homeward flights.

 

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.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
LIBBY CAMERON
  • Return group airfare Sydney / Melbourne / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 6 nights with breakfast daily
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Stone Hill, Babbington Park, Frogmore Gardens, Stonefields, Garden of St Erth, Lambley Garden and Nursery, Ceres Homestead, Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Kylie Blake Garden and The Convent
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share including airfare $4,595 per person
Twin Share land only $4,195 per person
Single Supplement $750

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Airfare price is based on departure from Sydney

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird discount $100 (Book & pay by 13 November 2022)
Previous Traveller Discount $100
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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