Southern Highlands Tulips and Canberra Floriade

Tulip Time is one of Australia's oldest and best loved floral festivals, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. Corbett Gardens, the centrepiece of the Festival is mass-planted with over 75,000 tulip bulbs and 15,000 annuals, in a spectacular Springtime display. Additionally there are another 40,000 tulips planted across the Shire, to create a picturesque vista.

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Tulip Time Festival at Corbett Gardens, Bowral
  • Eling Forest Winery including wine tasting and lunch
  • Red Cow Farm Gardens, Sutton Forest
  • Fitzroy Falls 
  • Tulip Top Gardens
  • Cockington Green Gardens
  • Canberra sightseeing tour including panoramic views from Mt Ainslie Lookout
  • Australian Parliament House guided tour
  • Canberra Floriade
  • History and High Tea at Hotel Kurrajong
  • Telstra Tower - views of Canberra
  • Lake Burley Griffin Cruise
  • Australian war Memorial including Last Post Ceremony
  • Prisoner of War Hologram at Corwa
  • Japanese Gardens, Cowra
  • See site of POW Camp and Japanese War Cemetery in Cowra
Departing
04/10/2020
Duration
7 days
Maximum Tour Size
30
Physical Rating
Medium level of fitness required. Walking tour of gardens an attractions
Transport
Luxury Coach

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Day 1: Sunday 4 October 2020

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 the beautiful Southern Highlands where we check in to our accommodation for the next 2 nights at Mittagong. Meals: D

Stay: Spring Resorts, Mittagong (2 nights)

 

Day 2: Monday 5 October 2020

Tulip Time – Southern Highlands

Start with beautiful views over the Southern Highlands from Mount Gibraltar, then 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.  Next Escape to the tranquillity and beautiful scenery of Eling Forest Winery. Sit back as we taste the cool climate wine and enjoy our lunch in the stunning landscape.   From here we visit a well know private garden on the Southern Highlands, at the Red Cow Farm, a unique cool climate garden set on 2.5 hectares in the picturesque rural village of Sutton Forest.  Finish the day with a visit to Fitzroy Falls where water plunges over 80m to the valley below.    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 our accommodation take a drive around the Embassies of Canberra, where you’ll see the largest and most secure embassy - the United States of America, and the beautiful architecture of the Chinese Embassy. Meals: BLD

 

Day 3: Tuesday 6 October 2020

Tulip Top Gardens and Cockington Green

Depart the Southern Highlands and travel to the Tulip Top Gardens located 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.  We’ll spend the morning here exploring the garden and enjoying a look at the exhibitors displays and stalls, then after lunch we depart for Canberra.  This afternoon 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. Meals: BLD

Stay: Mantra MacArthur Hotel, Canberra (3 nights)

 

Day 4: Wednesday 7 October 2020

Parliament House, Canberra Floriade & High Tea

Today is Floriade, and with over one million bulbs and annuals, But first we 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 unique 21st century twist. Meals: BHTD

 

Day 5: Thursday 8 October 2020 

Lake Burley Griffin Cruise and Australian War Memorial

This morning enjoy the wonderful views from the top of Mt Ainslie where you can see all over Canberra including Lake Burley Griffin, the War Memorial and Parliament House.   One of the best ways to see Canberra and her monuments, museums and political battlegrounds is on a relaxing cruise on Lake Burley Griffin.   This morning we’ll board the MV Southern Cross where you’ll enjoy an informative commentary as you take in Canberra’s great sights.  Next, we stop for 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 us 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 6: Friday 9 October 2020 

Cowra Japanese Gardens

Our tour heads north this morning via the cool climate wine region of Murrumbateman, past Yass and on to delightful Cowra.  Stop off at the Cowra Visitor Centre for morning tea then step inside The P.O.W. Theatre to see the nine-minute hologram that recounts the tragic story of the Cowra Breakout in 1944.   The Theatre itself is a small tin hut that is a replica of the Nissen huts found at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp during World War II.  Next, we visit the impressive Cowra Japanese Garden which 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 lunch and our visit to the Gardens, we see the site of the POW Camp and then visit the Japanese War Cemetery before setting our sights further north and travel through Canowindra, Wellington and Dubbo to Gilgandra for the night.  Meals: BLD

Stay: Gilgandra Motel

 

Day 7: Saturday 10 October 2020

Gilgandra-Toowoomba

For the final day of our Canberra Floriade tour we continue north over the Warrumbungle Ranges to Coonabarabran for our morning tea stop on the banks Castlereagh River.  Travel through the Pilliga Forest, through the cotton region of Narrabri and on to Moree for lunch at the Amaroo Tavern.  This afternoon we cross the border into Queensland and Goondiwindi where we’ll stretch our legs prior to the final leg of our journey through Millmerran to Toowoomba.  Complementary home drop-off is available for those living within the Toowoomba city.  Meals: BL

 

Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Airport transfers – Toowoomba to Wellcamp Airport
  • Airfare – Wellcamp/Sydney or Brisbane/Sydney
  • Luxury coach travel
  • Meals = 16 (Breakfast-6, Lunch-5, Dinner-6)
  • Escorted with coach captain/guide
  • Entry to all attractions
  • Guided Tours as per itinerary
  • Home pickup and return – Toowoomba city area

Tour Highlights 2997

  • Tulip Time Festival at Corbett Gardens, Bowral
  • Eling Forest Winery including wine tasting and lunch
  • Red Cow Farm Gardens, Sutton Forest
  • Fitzroy Falls 
  • Tulip Top Gardens
  • Cockington Green Gardens
  • Canberra sightseeing tour including panoramic views from Mt Ainslie Lookout
  • Australian Parliament House guided tour
  • Canberra Floriade
  • History and High Tea at Hotel Kurrajong
  • Telstra Tower - views of Canberra
  • Lake Burley Griffin Cruise
  • Australian war Memorial including Last Post Ceremony
  • Prisoner of War Hologram at Corwa
  • Japanese Gardens, Cowra
  • See site of POW Camp and Japanese War Cemetery in Cowra

 

Important Information

Duration: 7 days

Departs: Sunday 4 October 2020

Returns: Saturday 10 October 2020

Cost: $2995.00 per person twin/double share

Single Supplement: $550.00

Fitness Level – Moderate, walking through gardens required.

Deposit $300.00 per person with in 7 days of booking

Balance due no later than Friday 16 August 2020

Departing
04/10/2020
Duration
7 days
Maximum Tour Size
30
Physical Rating
Medium level of fitness required. Walking tour of gardens an attractions
Transport
Luxury Coach
Price
AUD $2,995
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