Canberra Floriade

The inaugural Floriade bloomed in 1988 with stunning displays of exotic bulbs and annuals, which grow beautifully in Canberra’s climate. The community embraced the event, making it such a success that it became an annual celebration of spring in Australia. Since its beginnings, Floriade has been held alongside iconic Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park. Each year, more than one million blooms combine to create a stunning backdrop to a month-long festival filled with music, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities.

Tour Highlights

  • Bowral Tulip Festival
  • Bradman Museum
  • Southern Highlands sightseeing
  • Fitzroy Falls
  • Illawarra Fly Treetop walk
  • Tulip Top Gardens
  • Canberra sightseeing tour including panoramic views from Mt Ainslie Lookout
  • Canberra Floriade NightFest
  • Canberra Floriade daytime entry
  • Old and New Australian Parliament House guided tours
  • Australian war Memorial
  • Telstra Tower
  • Cockington Green Gardens
  • Japanese Gardens, Cowra
  • See site of POW Camp in Cowra
  • Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra
  • Mt Panorama Race Track, Bathurst
  • See Beautiful Bathurst and Mudgee

Departing
22/09/2018
Duration
7 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury Coach

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Day 1: Saturday 22 September 2018 - Toowoomba-Sydney-Mittagong

Depart  Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport for the direct QantasLink flight to Sydney. On arrival our Coach Captain tour guide will meet you in the airport terminal. Travel to the beautiful Southern Highlands and Bowral where our first stop will be at the Bowral Tulip Festival at Corbett Gardens. The centrepiece of the Festival is mass of over 75,000 tulips, 15,000 annuals and an additional 40,000 tulips planted across the Shire. Later, visit the International Cricketers Hall of Fame and the Bradman Museum before checking into the accommodation for the night in Mittagong. Meals: D

Day 2: Sunday 23 September 2018 - Southern Highlands

Visit beautiful Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park where the visitors centre and a short stroll uncover the beauty of the forest and the Falls. A short drive away is the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, this 1.5km return walk uncovers the native rainforest from a steel walkway nearly 50 meters from the forest floor. Positioned 710 meters above sea level, stunning panoramic views offer the rainforest canopy, coastal towns and out to the Pacific Ocean are worth braving the heights. After lunch depart the Southern Highlands and travel to the Tulip Top Gardens just outside Canberra. The 10 acre garden of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers are a spectacular display and a favourite for flower fans. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flower gardens and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse alive with classical music. Arrive at the accommodation and freshen before dinner, then head to Commonwealth Park to witness NightFest! Be amazed at the outdoor lighting design and production, with a parkland full of impressive lighting installations designed to excite and delight.  NightFest also hosts a swathe of roving entertainment which will delighting visitors as they wander through the wonderland. Meals: BLD

Day 3: Monday 24 September 2018 - Canberra Floriade

Today is Floriade! With over one million bulbs and annuals, Canberra's most scenic locations will be a sea of colour! But first, take in the wonderful views from the top of Mt Ainslie. See Canberra including Lake Burley Griffin, the War Memorial and Parliament House. Head down the hill and join an expert guide on a private ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of Parliament House. Pass the embassies of Canberra and along the way, including the largest and most secure embassy, the United States of America. Next we arrive at Commonwealth Park and the Canberra Floriade, which first begain in 1988 as a grand, one off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary. Floriade has now become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and one of Australia’s premier spring festivals. Spend the afternoon strolling around the beautiful gardens of more than one million bulbs and annuals which attract nearly half  million visitors each year. Meals: BD

Day 4: Tuesday 25 September 2018 - Canberra Highlights

After a leisurely start to the day then visit Old Parliament House where decades of politics and passion echo through the corridors and within the Museum of Australian Democracy. Experience an atmosphere steeped in history and revisit dramatic events while wandering among the 1920s architecture and design. Next, enjoy lunch before visiting the Australian War Memorial.

“Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.”

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum and an extensive archive, enjoy the afternoon here including the Last Post Ceremony. Tonight, after dinner, head to Telstra Tower on Black Mountain. From the observation deck be amazed by the 360 degree view over the city of Canberra and its surrounding mountain ranges. Meals: BLD

Day 5: Wednesday 26 September 2018 - Canberra-Cowra

This morning, visit the beautiful miniature world and gardens of Cockington Green offering visitors an experience  not found anywhere else. Explor the fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Later, departing Canberra for a lunch stop in Yass. After lunch, travel to Cowra and the beautiful Cowra Japanese Garden which cover 5 hectares and are the largest in the southern hemisphere! These gardens were built here to celebrate and recognise Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese. Cowra was once the site of a World War II Japanese Prisoner of War and Internment Camp. This unique history was punctuated by an event on a cold night in August 1944, when more than a thousand Japanese prisoners of war broke out of the prison camp. After we visit the Gardens, see the site of the POW Camp located just outside town and then visit the Japanese War Cemetery before arriving at the accommodation for the night. Meals: BLD

Day 6: Thursday 27 September 2018 - Cowra-Bathurst-Gunnedah

Travel along the Mid-Western Highway to Blayney for morning tea then on to Mount Panorama. Take a circuit or two of the famous Mt Panorama race circuit, then head in to historic Bathurst for lunch. The afternoon sees travel through beautiful Sofala and Mudgee,  Coolah and Tambar Spring to Gunnedah. Meals: BLD

Day 7: Friday 28 September 2018 - Gunnedah-Toowoomba

Toay, head north to Warialda for morning tea break then over the border and into Queensland at Texas. Stop here for lunch and then visit the Rabbit Factory to learn of it's pivotal role in ensuring the survival of the town of Texas in the depression years. Return to Toowoomba via Leyburn arriving alte afternoon. Meals: BL

Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Transport: Luxury Coach

Flights: Economy Flights Brisbane to Sydney

Activities:

  • Bowral Tulip Festival
  • Bradman Museum
  • Illawarra Fly Treetop walk
  • Tulip Top Gardens
  • Canberra Floriade NightFest
  • Canberra Floriade daytime entry
  • Old and New Australian Parliament House guided tours
  • Australian war Memorial
  • Telstra Tower
  • Cockington Green Gardens
Departing
22/09/2018
Duration
7 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury Coach
Price
AUD $2,595
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