• 21 November 2018

Canberra Floriade and Festival of Flowers 2019

Canberra

25th September > 3rd October 2019 9 Days

Pricing:

  • Twin / Double:  $2625
  • Single Sup: $610

Travel the country side during the most colourful time of the year! Lay your eyes upon the magical celebration of Spring at the Spring Festival of Flowers. Be enchanted by the countless colours dotted throughout the Floriade Festival and don’t forget to count the blooming bulbs at the Tulip Top Gardens. Come along with us and experience the rejuvenation of Spring!

Tour Inclusions

▪ 8 night’s hotel accommodation
▪ 7 cooked motel breakfasts
▪ 7 hotel dinners
▪ 1 cooked breakfast, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included – see below
▪ Warwick |Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre tour and lunch incl. tea and coffee
▪ Armidale | Saumarez Homestead tour and morning tea
▪ Tamworth | The Longyard Hotel light lunch incl. tea and coffee
▪ Hunter Valley | Festival of Flowers Package incl. entry, train tour & Mad Hatter's Tea Party lunch
▪ Southern Highlands |Mittagong RSL Club cooked breakfast and 2 course dinner incl. tea and coffee
▪ Southern Highlands | Corbett Gardens - Tulip Time Festival entry
▪ Canberra | Tulip Top Gardens entry to the Tulip Festival
▪ Canberra | Cockington Green Gardens entry
▪ Canberra | National Museum of Australia highlights tour
▪ Canberra | Royal Australian Mint tour including theatrette movie
▪ Canberra |Parliament House visitor services officer led discovery tour
▪ Grenfell | Iandra Castle entry to house & garden talk
▪ Cowra | Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre entry & self-guided tour
▪ Cowra | Japanese Garden Cafe lunch incl. tea and coffee


DAY 1: (LD) SUNSHINE COAST TO GLEN INNES Wednesday 25 September 2019

Welcome to our 9 day tour to the Canberra Floriade. Sit back and relax as we begin our journey south. Just outside of Warwick we’ll break for lunch at Glengallan Homestead. Uninhabited for more than half its lifetime, it remains frozen in time and is one of the few remaining examples of a substantial 19th century country house in Queensland. Today, Glengallan Homestead is a tribute not only to its visionary builder and to 19th century craftsmen but also to the 21st century team that brought it back to life through this delicately balanced restoration. From here we continue through to our first overnight stop in Glen Innes.
New England Motor Lodge, Glen Innes
lunch at Glengallan Homestead | dinner at the motel

DAY 2: (BLD) GLEN INNES TO THE HUNTER VALLEY Thursday 26 September 2019

Following breakfast we depart town and make our way through to Armidale. Upon arrival we make our way to the National Trust classified Saumarez Homestead. The property is an imposing house with a proud place in New England and Australian heritage. First settled in 1835, this grazing property is a living statement to the progress of a pioneer family. After morning tea and a guided tour of the house we travel on to Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia. We arrive in time for lunch which has been arranged at the Longyard Hotel. Steeped in tradition, it is truly an icon of Australian hotels with an atmosphere that is distinctly country! Our afternoon will be spent expressing through to our next overnight stay, in the Hunter Valley
Potters Hotel, Brewery & Resort, Hunter Valley
Breakfast and dinner at the motel | lunch at Longyard Hotel

DAY 3: (BLD) HUNTER VALLEY TO THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS Friday 27 September 2019

This morning we head to the Hunter Valley Gardens to enjoy the Spring Festival of Flowers. Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards, we will find over 25 hectares of spectacular international display gardens. Sensational sights, colours and fragrances dominate the stunning feature gardens. We can explore each of the gardens like the Rose Garden with its lavish array of colour and scent or the Storybook Garden with all our favourite fairy-tale characters. We’ll take a train ride around the gardens as well as partake in the Mad Hatters Tea Party held in the Garden Terrace café. Departing the Hunter Valley, Putty Road will take us through Wollemi National Park and into Western Sydney before continuing through to the Southern Highlands. Our destination is Mittagong and the Springs Resort where we check in and settle in for dinner
Springs Resort Mittagong
Breakfast and dinner at the resort | lunch at Hunter Valley Gardens

DAY 4: (BD) SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS TO CANBERRA Saturday 28 September 2019

We have time to visit Bowral and Corbett Gardens this morning to see the tulip display. Over 100,000 tulips and 25,000 annuals are planted each year to transform Corbett Gardens and other parks across the shire into stunning displays of sweeping spring colour. From here we continue through to Canberra. We’ll make a stop at the 10 acre Tulip Top Gardens with their magnificent tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers creating a spectacular exhibition. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley. Nearing Canberra, we stop to visit Cockington Green. This award winning tourist attraction takes its name from the township of Cockington in Devon, an historic English Village and is a one 12th scale reproduction of buildings and gardens in this English village - thatched cottages, a tiny church, the village green, an oast house in Kent, a riverside inn, castles and even Stonehenge. Completing our visit we head to our accommodation, check in for the next 3 nights and freshen up for dinner
Rydges Capital Hill
Breakfast and dinner at the motel

DAY 5: (BD) CANBERRA Sunday 29 September 2019

Our first visit today is to the lookout at Mt Ainslie, the views across Lake Burley Griffin are breathtaking. Canberra is a truly unique city and one of only a few planned cities in the world. Next stop is the Floriade Festival. The flower display is the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere – an abundance of bloom and beauty! We have a few hours here with free time to wander around at our leisure and to purchase lunch. This afternoon we re-board the coach to visit the National Museum of Australia. This architectural landmark was opened in October 2001 and offers a spectacular presentation. Five Galleries – Tangled Destinies, Eternity, The Nation, Horizon and First Australians provide fascinating insights to the land, the nation and the Australian people. We take a Museum Highlights Tour, then head to the Australian War Memorial for the remainder of our day. This memorial commemorates the sacrifice of the Australian men and women, who have served in war, through its ceremonial areas, extensive exhibitions and research facilities. The focus of the commemoration is the Hall of Memory together with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour that lists the names of over 102,000 Australian servicemen and women who have died in war. Over the past few years the memorial has undergone extensive redevelopment resulting in new galleries and displays and we’ll have plenty of time to wander through. We stay to hear the last post and closing ceremony. Returning to our accommodation we have time to relax before dinner.
Rydges Capital Hill
Breakfast and dinner at the motel

DAY 6: (BD) CANBERRA Monday 30 September 2019

After breakfast we head off for a drive along Embassy Row where we’ll find embassies and high commissions of countries from around the world. We’ll see the spectacular traditional design of the Chinese embassy and the modified Georgian style of the United States embassy. After a look around Canberra we arrive at the Royal Australian Mint. The first task of the Mint was to produce new coins for the introduction of decimal currency on 14 February 1966. Since then it has produced more than thirteen billion circulating coins. It now has capacity to produce two million coins per day. The Mint also manufactures medals, medallions, seals and tokens for private and public sectors and sporting and tourism groups, both nationally and internationally. Examples of these are The Order of Australia, Third Pacific Conference Games Medallions and Conrad Jupiter’s Casino tokens. Next we have planned a tour of Parliament House - home of Australia's Parliament and the meeting place of the nation. It’s located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra. Parliament House was opened on 9 May 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The building was designed by Romaldo Giurgola of Michell/Giurgola and Thorp Architects and was constructed almost entirely of Australian materials. We then return to our hotel with time to relax before enjoying dinner.
Rydges Capital Hill
Breakfast and dinner at the motel

DAY 7: (BLD) CANBERRA TO DUBBO Tuesday 1 October 2019

We depart Canberra this morning and make our way through Yass and Boorowa, to Greenthorpe where we’ll find one of the great historical sites in Australia – Iandra Castle. This impressive property was established by George Henry Greene from 1878-1911. Greene pioneered share farming in NSW in 1892 and soon after the turn of the century, Iandra produced the largest yield of wheat for that time - 100,000 bags. All the grandeur of yesteryear remains at Iandra, with the faithful restoration of the homestead by David Morris through the 1970’s. We have a tour then drive the short distance to Cowra. Arriving at the Japanese Gardens we enjoy a light lunch followed by time to explore the gardens. Designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Ken Nakajima, this 5 hectare garden follows the edo style walking garden of the Shugakin Imperial Villa in Kyoto (built between 1655 and 1659). The garden itself is designed to represent the landscape of Japan and features a stream cascading in waterfalls into two large ponds. The last leg of our journey today takes us through Canowindra and Molong and into Dubbo.
Golden West Motor Inn, Dubbo)
Breakfast and dinner at the motel | lunch at the Japanese Gardens

DAY 8: (BD) DUBBO TO GOONDIWINDI Wednesday 2 October 2019

We have a travel day today, driving north through Coonabarabran and Narrabri. Narrabri is the administrative heart of the second richest agricultural Shire in Australia and the centre of the cotton growing region. Onto Moree to break for a slightly later lunch. Moree is located on the banks of the Mehi River in the centre of the rich black-soil plains which makes Moree a major agricultural centre. Australia’s cotton-growing industry was also established here in the early 1960s. Our afternoon has us travelling the Newell Highway into our final overnight destination. The locals call it “Gundy” and apart from being right on the Queensland/NSW border, Goondiwindi is at the junction of a number of major Highways. In fact, the Newell Highway runs all the way through to Victoria! We check into our accommodation and freshen up for dinner.
Jolly Swagman Motor Inn, Goondiwindi
Breakfast and dinner at the motel

DAY 9: (B) GOONDIWINDI TO THE SUNSHINE COAST Thursday 3 October 2019

This morning we head to Toowoomba. We’ll make a stop here to take in a local attraction as well as enjoy some lunch. This afternoon we continue our journey via Brisbane and on towards
the Sunshine Coast. We arrive home later this afternoon to complete our fabulous 9 day tour to the Canberra Floriade (breakfast in motel / lunch own expense).
Breakfast at the motel

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Glengallan Homestead
  • Saumarez Homestead
  • Spring Festival of Flowers
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • Tulip Top Gardens
  • Cockington Green
  • Mt Ainslie
  • Floriade Festival
  • National Museum of Australia
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Embassy Row
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Parliament House
  • Iandra Castle
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Hunter Valley Gardens


All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.