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VICTORIA IN SPRING

9 – 16 NOVEMBER 2020

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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, David Musker’s Broughton Hall, Dame Elizabeth’s Cruden Farm and Stuart Rattle’s Musk Farm.
DAY 1
Monday 9 November 2020
Home port – Flinders (L/D)

Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for your Qantas flight to 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. Then we’re off to the Mornington Peninsula to check into the stylish Flinders Hotel for four nights. Welcome dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 2
Tuesday 10 November 2020
Mornington Peninsular (B/L)

Begin our day at a garden designed by Fiona Brockhoff. Travel onto Heronswood in Dromana, home of the Diggers Club. Lunch included today at Heronswood “Fork to Fork” restaurant celebrating their homegrown, organic produce. Then a walk around its famous suite of gardens with interesting planting combinations of heirloom vegetables and perennials.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 3
Wednesday 11 November 2020
Gippsland Gardens (B/D)

Our first garden is a romantic one, designed by Francophiles Marian and Bryce Somes. Parterre beds are crammed with roses, perennials and annuals. Crab apple and dogwood walks lead to rambling gardens and more roses. At the back, a small, gravel-floored terrace is encircled by lavender. 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
Thursday 12 November 2020
Cruden Farm (B/L)

Cruden Farm, one of Australia’s most iconic and beautiful country gardens is our glorious destination today. The garden of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who arrived as a young bride 80 years ago. Dame Elisabeth loved this garden that she designed and planted all those years ago; the lake, the borders, picking garden, shrub walks and the famous avenue of lemon-scented gums that leads to the house.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 5
Friday 13 November 2020
Flinders – Ballarat (B/L)

Travel onto Ballarat, one of the most famous gold-mining towns in Australia. Lunch is included today by the shores of Lake Wendouree. Then we’ll discover the “City built by Gold”, on an afternoon walking tour, exploring historic downtown Ballarat. Check into the legendary Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat for three nights. A true icon of the Victorian period.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 6
Saturday 14 November 2020
Ballarat (B/L)

Our first garden today is one of Australia’s finest – Burnside, the garden of David Glenn at Lambley Nursery. David will show us this masterful garden, always filled with bees, butterflies and birds, and he’ll teach us about dry climate gardening. It’s magical. Lunch is included today at the historic and romantic, Ceres Homestead in Learmonth. Built in 1864 by Thomas Bath, the first licensee on the Ballarat goldfields. New life has been breathed into this charming old home and we’ll tour the house, outbuildings and garden.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 7
Sunday 15 November 2020
Musk Farm (B/D)

This morning we’ll travel to Daylesford and explore the Sunday Market, one of the largest regional markets in Victoria. Afternoon visit to the magical Musk Farm; a work of art and a great Australian legacy. Find out why this garden is a labour of love created by the late society interior-designer Stuart Rattle who purchased the dilapidated Musk schoolhouse and surrounding grounds in 1998. A sanctuary where Rattle could freely express his great sense of style. Farewell dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 8
Monday 16 November 2020
Ballarat – Home (B/L)

On our way to Tullamarine for our homeward flight, we will stop at The Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden, the only complete collection in Australia, of the surviving roses of the great Australian rose breeder, Alister Clark. He released 122 new varieties of roses between 1912 and his death in 1949. Some of his famous roses were Lorraine Lee, Blackboy and Nancy Hayward. Lunch included today at Living Legends, where you can meet and mingle with retired champion racehorses, and visit the historic homestead and gardens. Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight.

 

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
  • Return group airfare Sydney / Melbourne / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast daily
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Lambley Nursery, Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Cruden Farm, Heronswood, The Garden Vineyard, Picardy Garden, Broughton Hall, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne, Musk Farm, Fiona Brockhoff garden
  • Fully escorted by Kirsty Noble
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share including airfare $4,695 per person
Twin Share land only $4,395 per person
Single Supplement $950

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 and pay before 12 July 2020)
Previous Traveller Discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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