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INSIDE VICTORIA

10 – 18 NOVEMBER 2022

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ITINERARY
Victoria’s fine country gardens at the peak spring flush. Meet the gardeners behind each masterpiece. See old favourites and exciting new cutting edge gardens: including David Glenn’s Lambley, Paul Bangay’s Stonefields, Dame Elisabeth’s Cruden Farm and Peter Shaw’s Sunnymeade.
DAY 1
Thursday 10 November 2022
Home – Melbourne (L/D)

Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for your Qantas flight to Melbourne. Or meet up in Melbourne. We’ll head off to Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, a showcase of Australian flora that will give us a whole new appreciation of our unique Aussie plants; all designed with contemporary flair. See the whole garden in the comfort of the Garden Explorer Bus. Drive down the Mornington Peninsula and check into the stylish Flinders Hotel for four nights. Welcome dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 2
Friday 11 November 2022
Heronswood Garden (B/L)

We are heading to Heronswood this morning, the home of Diggers Seeds, showcasing flowers and plants for Australian conditions. The garden changes throughout the year with inspiring planting combinations of perennials and heirloom vegetables. Lunch will be served in the historic Heronswood House built in 1864. Next stop is Jo Ferguson’s romantic and contemporary coastal garden that will challenge your ideas of what a garden really means. With sweeping views over the coast, the garden uses the borrowed landscape to create long vistas over hazy, colourful perennial borders.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 3
Saturday 12 November 2022
Broughton Hall (B/D)

A free morning to explore Flinders then afternoon visit to Marian Sommes’ ‘Picardy’. This romantic garden complements a French style rammed earth home, mud brick barn, dovecote and palais de poulet. Parterre beds in the front of the house are crammed with roses, perennials and annuals. Crab apple and dogwood walks lead to open garden rooms with old fashion roses. Herb garden, vegetable garden, orchard and olive grove complete the picture. Next is David Musker’s Broughton Hall, a formal garden that sits comfortably on a hill overlooking the Tarago Reservoir. David will show us through his garden that nestles into a grand landscape. We’ll stay for dinner and a twilight stroll through this garden of intimate spaces, grand vistas and abundant planting of good combinations of foliage, texture and colour.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 4
Sunday 13 November 2022
Cruden Farm (B/L)

Cruden Farm, one of Australia’s most iconic and beautiful country gardens is our destination this morning. The garden and beloved former home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who arrived here as a young bride 80 years ago. Dame Elisabeth loved this garden that she carefully designed and planted with head gardener Michael Morrison. There are many garden rooms to enjoy, the borders, picking garden, shrub walks and the famous avenue of over 100 lemon-scented gums that leads to the house. Morning tea will be served in the stables after our stroll through the gardens. Lunch today is included at Merricks General Store. Close by is Point Leo Estate, Sculpture Park and outdoor gallery with the splendid backdrop of Westernport Bay.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 5
Monday 14 November 2022
Flinders – Ballarat (B/D)

Catch the morning ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff then take the Great Ocean Road to unique coastal garden created by landscape designer Peter Shaw. Peter is widely admired for his coastal landscapes that are distinctively Australian; relaxed with a sense of place that gives them context in the wider landscape. Free time in Torquay for lunch, then travel on to Ballarat, one of the most famous gold-mining towns in Australia.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 6
Tuesday 15 November 2022
Lambley Garden (B/L)

A spectacular display garden and one of Australia’s finest is Burnside, the garden of David Glenn at Lambley Nursery. David will show us his masterful garden, filled with bees, butterflies and birds, and teach us about dry climate gardening. David is a National Treasure. Next stop is lunch with Jane Charles at Ceres Homestead in Learmonth. As soon as you enter the estate, you are enveloped in a sense of history, romance, capture and connection. Jane’s warm welcome and generous hospitality is legendary.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 7
Wednesday 16 November 2022
Ballarat Botanical Gardens (B)

You’ll fall in love with this charming flower garden at Scarsdale. Plant stands are encrusted with succulents and the garden is filled with iris, roses and perennials jostling for space, all laid out with a magic sense of play. Next stop is Ballarat’s Botanical Garden, one of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens, for a peep into the famous conservatory. Later a walking tour of Ballarat’s historic downtown precinct.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 8
Thursday 17 November 2022
Paul Bangay’s Stonefields (B/L)

Another highlight this morning, a superstar of a garden at Paul Bangay’s “Stonefields”. Walk through a series of formal garden rooms, that fade out into the surrounding farm. Parterres of box and tulips soften to a woodland of dogwoods. There is a rose garden of deep burgundy roses and iris, deep herbaceous borders, a formal pond garden full of white rugosa roses and pleached hornbeam hedges, an apple walk under-planted with Buxus spheres and the odd peacock. It needs to be seen to be believed. Lunch with celebrity chef Annie Smithers in her famous little French farmhouse restaurant, du Fermier in Trentham. After lunch visit Annie’s extensive and productive garden Babbington Park.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 9
Friday 18 November 2022
Garden of St Erth to Home (B/L)

The Garden of St Erth is Central Victoria’s Diggers Club Garden. This secluded garden gem with a carefully curated collection of cool climate plants and historic orchards. Lunch in their Fork to Fork Cafe features produce from the gardens. 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
ROBIN POWELL
  • Return group airfare Sydney / Melbourne / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 8 nights with breakfast daily
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Lambley Nursery, Kylie Blake Garden, Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Stonefields, Cruden Farm, Heronswood, Picardy Garden, Broughton Hall, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne, Garden of St Erth, Ceres Homestead, Babbington Park
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share including airfare $5,595 per person
Twin Share land only $5,395 per person
Single Supplement $1,150

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

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $150 (Book & pay by 13 July 2022)
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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