Aussie gardens and festival tour - AGF

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Mike and Stephie
May 12, 2021

Tour commences Sydney in Septemeber

Experience the best of NSW and ACT, the famous Floriade, plus the Tulip Festival in the Southern Highlands and the picturesque villages and gardens of the Blue Mountains.
Includes the Bowral Tulip Festival, picturesque villages and amazing gardens, Canberra and Floriade Australia, Blue Mountains, Leura gardens, and Katoomba.

Itinerary

Day 1, Thursday

From Sydney airport we make our way into the city centre for a short visit to Paddy’s Market, the Chinese Gardens and Darling Harbour before checking in to our centrally located hotel. You have time to freshen up before the included welcome dinner this evening.            

1 night accommodation at TRAVELODGE SYDNEY or similar.

Day 2, Friday

This morning we head away from the city into the Southern Highlands and to the colonial style village of Bowral (the distance from Sydney to Bowral is 130km). This afternoon the group travels to the beautiful tulip festival.  

2 nights accommodation at HOTEL GRAND BOWRAL or similar.

Day 3, Saturday

After breakfast we visit Milton Park Garden, this garden is typically Edwardian, with formal geometric beds and garden rooms leading to beautiful vistas. Lunch enroute before our next garden, Chinoiserie. This colourful perennial garden is set in 1.25 acres with informal plantings in a formal setting consisting of herbaceous borders, potager, angel garden, stream and pond, peony garden, alpine troughs, rare plants and a developing woodland garden. This afternoon we return to Bowral

Day 4, Sunday

After breakfast this morning you will need to check out of the room. We continue exploring the area and beautiful Moidart Garden, a mature garden with many exotic specimen trees, then journey to Canberra (approx distance is 175km), Australia’s capital and our destination for three nights.    

3 nights accommodation at MARQUE HOTEL or similar.

Day 5, Monday

After breakfast we travel to Australia’s celebration of spring at Floriade 2021, where we have a full day. Discover a delightful world of for spectacular entertainment, horticultural delights and a smorgasbord of activities for the whole family. Look out for the dazzling garden bed displays and tulip displays

Day 6, Tuesday

This morning we have a tour of central Canberra. Highlights of the tour include a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, the Embassies Row and Parliament House. Free time this afternoon to explore the Capital

Day 7, Wednesday

We return north to the Blue Mountains in Sydney’s far western suburbs to explore gardens at the local flower festival at Leura, the gem of the Blue Mountains.  The distance from Canberra to Leura is approximately 300 km.  Enroute we will see the grandeur of the dividing ranges and vast panoramas over the hidden valleys. The mountain areas are home to a variety of flowers and plants in contrast to the drier and hotter lower areas around Sydney.
4 nights accommodation at MOUNTAIN HERITAGE or similar.

Day 8, Thursday

We head off to a special place in the Blue Mountains today, the Everglades Historic House and Garden, the 1930s garden sits in twelve and a half acres of European-style gardens and native Australian bush with breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. B

Day 9, Friday

Time to explore the Blue Mountains including Katoomba and Leura. We visit Echo Point and view the Three Sisters, and also ride the Scenic Railway/Cableway. Later we stop in the delightful village of Leura, the village has its annual fair this weekend, with market stalls and music creating a great atmosphere in the village. Farewell dinner (included) tonight

Day 10, Saturday

Leura has its annual fair and garden festival on today on this weekend, with market stalls and music creating great atmosphere in the village. Farewell dinner (included) tonight.    B,D

Day 11, Sunday

Last look at the Blue Mountains, before we head back to Sydney International Airport where our tour concludes. B

Meals included as per final itinerary:  B = Continental breakfast, D= Dinner

2 Day optional extension: Day 1

Why not take a stroll down to the Royal Botanic Gardens, - just a short walk around the water's edge from the Sydney Opera House, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbour and the eastern part of the central business district. The gardens sit on the side of an undulating piece of land and the harbour views from up on the hill are superb

2 Day optional extension: Day 2

The day is yours…  Do a Sydney harbour cruise to Manly for lunch and a walk along the ocean front beach. Then this evening why not try a seafood dinner at the famous Doyles Seafood Restaurant.

Optional extension activities

Explore the stunning Hunter Valley wine region and taste some of Australia’s best wines. Feast on local cheeses and chocolates and try a chili flavoured liqueur. Listen to great music during the relaxed small group tour.

Includes:

  • 3+ to 4 star accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Coach touring and tour host
  • Arrival and departure transfers

Tour Dates:

September. From $5,275 per person based on twin share. Single Supplement add $1,995

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