Canberra Floriade

The inaugural Floriade blossomed in 1988 with a stunning floral display 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, the heart of the nation’s capital. 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.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Corbett Gardens, Bowral
  • Bradman Museum
  • Tulip Top Gardens
  • Lake Burley Griffin Luncheon Cruise
  • Canberra sightseeing tour including panoramic views from Mt Ainslie Lookout
  • Canberra Floriade
  • History and High Tea at Hotel Kurrajong
  • Australian Parliament House guided tour
  • Australian war Memorial
  • Old Parliament House guided tour
  • Telstra Tower – night views of Canberra
  • 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
21/09/2019
Duration
7 Days
Maximum Tour Size
50
Physical Rating
Moderate, walking through gardens required.
Transport
Luxury Coach

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Day 1: Saturday 21 September 2019
Toowoomba-Sydney-Mittagong
After complementary home pickup in Toowoomba, depart for Wellcamp Airport and board your direct Qantaslink flight to Sydney. On arrival, your Coach Captain/tour guide will meet you in the airport terminal at the luggage carousel to assist and direct you to your waiting coach. Depart Sydney and travel to Pheasants Nest for a late lunch, then arrive in the beautiful Southern Highlands and Bowral. Visit Corbett Garden which is the centrepiece of the annual Tulip Time Festival and mass-planted with over 75,000 tulips and 15,000 annuals. Later, visit the International Cricketers Hall of Fame and the Bradman Museum before checking in to your accommodation in Mittagong. Meals: D Accommodation: Spring Resort, Mittagong

Day 2: Sunday 22 September 2019
Tulip Top Gardens & Lake Burley Griffin Cruise
Depart the Southern Highlands and travel to the Tulip Top Gardens just outside Canberra, this 10-acre garden of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. 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. The best way to introduce you to Canberra and her monuments, museums and political battlegrounds is on a relaxing cruise on Lake Burley Griffin where you’ll enjoy the wonderful views of Lake Burley Griffin, the ultimate lake experience in Canberra. Before arriving at your accommodation take a drive around the Embassies of Canberra, where you’ll see the largest and most secure embassy belonging to the United States of America. You'll also witness the beautiful architecture of the Chinese Embassy. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Pavilion on Northbourne (3 nights)

Day 3: Monday 23 September 2019
Parliament House, Canberra Floriade & High Tea
Today is Floriade, and with over one million bulbs and annuals, it’s a sea of colour! First, this morning, take in the wonderful views from the top of Mt Ainslie. From here, you can see all over Canberra including Lake Burley Griffin, the War Memorial and Parliament House. Join an expert guide on a private ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of Parliament House before arriving at Commonwealth Park and the Canberra Floriade. Floriade has now become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and one of Australia’s premier spring festivals. Spend a few hours strolling around the beautiful gardens of more than one million bulbs and annuals which attract nearly ½ million visitors each year. Finish the day at Hotel Kurrajong and enjoy a traditional high tea served on the Terrace followed by a guided tour where you’ll discover the history of the Hotel which originally opened in 1926. Now fully refurbished to its original grandeur, you’ll experience the heritage of Kurrajong with a uniquely 21st-century twist. Meals: BD

Day 4: Tuesday 24 September 2019
Old Parliament House & Australian War Memorial
Enjoy a leisurely start before another fascinating day in our Nation’s Capital. your first stop today is at Old Parliament House where decades of politics and history echo through the corridors of the Museum of Australian Democracy. Experience an atmosphere steeped in history, revisit dramatic events and enjoy the 1920s architecture and fine 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 your afternoon here, including the Last Post Ceremony where the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony. Tonight, after dinner head to Telstra Tower on Black Mountain. From the observation deck, you will be captivated by the 360-degree view over the city of Canberra and its surrounding mountain ranges. In the evening, you will be presented with a magnificent view of the city under lights. Meals: BLD   

Day 5: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Cockington Green and Cowra Japanese Gardens
This morning, visit the beautiful miniature world and gardens of Cockington Green. Cockington Green Gardens offers its visitors an experience you will not find anywhere else. Venture into this delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Departing Canberra, we make a stop at Historic Yass for lunch before turning to the North and on to Cowra and the beautiful Cowra Gardens. The Cowra Japanese Garden covers 5 hectares – the largest in the southern hemisphere! It was built here because of Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese. The unique relationship of Cowra and Japan originated 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 our accommodation for the night. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Sovereign Inn, Cowra

Day 6: Thursday 26 September 2019
Bathurst and Mount Panorama
Travel along the Mid-Western Highway past Blayney to Bathurst for morning tea, then on to Mount Panorama. Relax in the coach as we take a circuit or two of this famous race circuit, then head into historic Bathurst for lunch. The afternoon takes us through beautiful Sofala and Mudgee then north through Coolah to Gunnedah. Meals: BLD Accommodation Comfort Inn Harvest Lodge, Gunnedah

Day 7: Friday 27 September 2019
Gunnedah-Toowoomba
For the final day of your Canberra Floriade tour, continue north to Warialda for a morning tea break, then over the Queensland border to arrive at Texas. Stop here for lunch and then visit the Rabbit Factory before making your way back to Toowoomba via Leyburn. Complimentary home drop-off is available for those living within the Toowoomba city. Meals: BL

Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Transport: Luxury Coach

Flights:

Economy Flight, Wellcamp/Brisbane* - Sydney
*Point of departure contingent on flight schedule.

Activities:

  • Corbett Gardens, Bowral
  • Bradman Museum
  • Tulip Top Gardens
  • Lake Burley Griffin Luncheon Cruise
  • Entry to Canberra Floriade
  • History and High Tea at Hotel Kurrajong
  • Australian Parliament House Guided Tour
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Old Parliament House Guided Tour
  • Telstra Tower – night views of Canberra
  • Cockington Green Gardens
  • Japanese Gardens, Cowra
  • Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra

Other Inclusions:

  • Airport Transfers
  • Home Pickup and Return on arrangement within Toowoomba City boundaries

What our Guests had to say about our last Canberra Floriade tour:

We had a wonderful guide and a really good driver as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't change a thing​ - Valma

I think the tour was very well organised. Don't think it could be any better.​ - Yvonne

No need to change, everything was well organised and carried out by excellent staff.​ - Mavis

I was very happy about the tour at all times - Hoda

Our Guests Rated this tour: 9.8/10 (17 Reviews)

Departing
21/09/2019
Duration
7 Days
Maximum Tour Size
50
Physical Rating
Moderate, walking through gardens required.
Transport
Luxury Coach

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Price
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