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9 – 17 NOVEMBER 2023

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Victoria’s fine country gardens at the peak spring flush. Meet the gardeners behind each masterwork. See old favourites and cutting edge new gardens. It’s a gentle road around rural Victoria with generous hospitality and glorious gardens.
Thursday 9 November 2023
Home – Melbourne (L/D)

Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for your 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 Flinders Hotel for four nights. Welcome dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Friday 10 November 2023
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.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Saturday 11 November 2023
Broughton Hall (B/L)

Three private gardens today will challenge your ideas of what a garden means. Each garden sits comfortably in its own special ‘space’. Meet the owners and learn the ‘how and why’, of each of the
three gardens. Generous hospitality raises the bar and makes this a happy and comfortable experience.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Sunday 12 November 2023
Cruden Farm (B/L)

Attila Kapitany’s garden of succulents is our first stop this morning. Architectural aloes, agaves and yuccas complement colourful ground-covering succulents. Next stop is Cruden Farm, one of
Australia’s most iconic and beautiful country gardens. It’s the garden and 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; borders, picking garden, shrub walks and the famous avenue of 100 lemon-scented
gums that leads to the house. Lunch is included today. Travel back to Flinders.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Monday 13 November 2023
Flinders – Ballarat (B/D)

Catch the morning ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff then take the Great Ocean Road to a unique coastal garden created by landscape designer Peter Shaw. Peter is widely admired for his coastal landscapes that are distinctively Australian. Travel on to Ballarat, one of the most famous gold-mining towns in Australia.

Accommodation: Mecure Hotel, Ballarat

Tuesday 14 November 2023
Lambley Garden (B/L)

spectacular display garden and one of Australia’s finest is Burnside, the garden of David Glenn at Lambley Nursery. Enjoy this masterful garden, filled with bees, butterflies and birds, and learn about dry climate gardening. Next stop is lunch 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. Afternoon visit to Clunes, a picture perfect gold mining town from 1851.

Accommodation: Mecure Hotel, Ballarat

Wednesday 15 November 2023
Babbington Park (B/L)

The home and garden of celebrity chef, Annie Smithers, Babbington Park, is our first stop this morning. There’s a lot going on in this exciting farm and garden. A cute flower farm is next, then Annie will cook lunch for us at ‘Du Fermier’ in Trentham.

Accommodation: Mecure Hotel, Ballarat

Thursday 16 November 2023
Scarsdale & Ballarat Botanic Gardens (B/D)

You’ll fall in love with this charming flower garden at Scarsdale. 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. Free afternoon. Farewell dinner included this evening.

Accommodation: Mecure Hotel, Ballarat

Friday 17 November 2023
Trentham to Home (B)

A perennial gem of a garden in Trentham this morning as we travel to Melbourne and Tullamarine for our homeward flight.



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  • 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 including Cranbourne, Heronswood, Jo Ferguson Garden, Picardy, Broughton Hall, Cruden Farm, Ceres Homestead, Babbington Park,
    Fleurs de Lyonville, Ballarat Botanic Garden & private gardens.

Twin Share including airfare $5,795 per person
Twin Share land only $5,595 per person
Single Supplement $995

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


Early Bird $150 (Book & pay by 12 July 2023)
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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South Australia & Kangaroo Island

Explore South Australia and the coastal wilderness of Kangaroo Island. Gardens at their peak, roses mingled with iris and other favourites in the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. Natural wonders of Admirals Arch and the Remarkables at Flinders Chase National Park.

Central Coast Gardens NSW

Expansive and intimate, a special selection of private gardens on the scenic Central Coast of NSW. What a pleasure it is to be invited into these gardens; to wander, sip tea and chat to each host about their garden. Learn about plants and design with some very knowledgeable plants people on this short 4-night break.

Spring Gardens in New Zealand

New Zealand’s gardens are amongst the best anywhere in the world. Throw in a warm Kiwi welcome and Marlborough gardens, and we have the perfect excuse to
visit this beautiful region of the South Island.

Jacaranda Cruises

See the most beautiful harbour in the world with breathtaking Jacarandas in full flower. Departing from Sydney’s King Street Wharf, this 2.5 hours harbour cruise is an icon in Sydney’s Spring calendar. Commentary for the cruise is provided by gardening celebrity Graham Ross.