Springtime Garden Tour

Springtime Garden Tour - 8 Days

1st October - 8th October, 2019

Incorporating the Floriade Festival in Canberra, on this tour we visit spectacular gardens in Southern Highlands and the gorgeous gardens of the Blue Mountains.

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $3,195
Repeat clientele twin share  $3,145
Single supplement room  $570
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • Meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas. (3 lunches at own expense as per itinerary)

Benalla, Albury, Canberra Floriade Festival,  Chinoiserie Garden, Mittagong, Moidart Garden, Bowral, Perennial Hill Garden, Blue Mountains, Leura Garden Festival, Open Gardens, Echo Point, Three Sisters, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, High Tea at Carrington Hotel, Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre, Cherry Orchard - Young, Albury Botanical Gardens and Wangaratta.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS
2 nights in Mittagong.
3 nights in Blue Mountains.

 

CRUISES
Nepean Belle Paddle Wheeler.

Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO ALBURY

 

Welcome to our springtime tour which will incorporate a visit to the annual Floriade Festival in Canberra, some spectacular gardens in the Southern Highlands and the gorgeous gardens of the Blue Mountains. With personal pick up from home we travel over the Great Divide for a lunch stop at Benalla. The city is becoming well known for its unique display of Street Art, so after lunch we’ll take a drive around to view some of the major works before continuing on to Albury with time to relax before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Plus Hovell Tree Inn, ALBURY

THE FLORIADE FESTIVAL

 

Following a full cooked breakfast, we’re on our way again – past Yass and onto Canberrafor the annual Floriade Festival, a riotous tapestry of colour with more than one million blooming bulbs and annuals on display! Visitors will be intrigued by the garden designs; captivated by the artistic entertainment; fascinated with the engaging exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and displays to inspire. Lunch is at our own expense today and there are plenty of outlets from which to choose. Later this afternoon, we drive north past Goulburn and into the Southern Highlands for our next two night’s accommodation.

 

Lunch own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  Springs Resort Mittagong RSL Motel, MITTAGONG

THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS 

 

We begin our Southern Highland Garden day with a visit to the beautiful Chinoiserie Garden. This garden (1.25 acres) features a spring time display of over 100 varieties of peonies - Chinese, Japanese, European and American Tree Peonies and herbaceous borders which flower from spring through to late autumn. After our visit here we drive to nearby Bowral. This pretty village is nestled in the shadow of Mount Gibraltar, Bowral (an aboriginal word for "height") which, since its foundation in the 1860's, has been a summer retreat for wealthy Sydney residents who have left a legacy of stately mansions, spacious grounds and lovely gardens. Here we visit another local garden, Moidart Garden arguably the best garden in the Southern Highlands. The garden consists of five acres of beautifully structured gardens containing many specimen trees and areas such as The Sunken Rose Garden, The Silver Garden and the Woodland Garden. We then take in the sights of Bowral with some free time in Bendooley Street to purchase lunch. Our final visit for the day is back in Mittagong, Perennial Hill Garden. Situated on the sunny side of the famous ‘Gib’ in the Southern Highlands, Perennial Hill is a jewel in the making. Since commencing the garden in 2001, Craig & Julie Hulbert have passionately strived to create not just a garden for relaxation and recreation, but also a garden for the plant connoisseur. Featuring magnificent dry-stone walls throughout the property, the garden is comprised of numerous rooms which seamlessly flow from one to the other. Late afternoon, we return to our hotel to freshen up for dinner. 

 

Lunch own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT: Springs Resort Mittagong RSL Motel, MITTAGONG

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS & BLUE MOUNTAINS

 

This morning we travel around the outskirts of Sydney, to Penrith where we join the Nepean Belle for a luncheon cruise into the Blue Mountains National Park. The Nepean Belle Paddle wheeler provides a great introduction to the stunning natural mountain gorge scenery of the National Park. After our cruise we re-join the coach and take the Great Western Highway into the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are World Heritage Listed and a spectacular part of Australia's history, covering some 218,000 hectares of rugged beauty, a variety of terrain and a diversity of microclimates and ecological wealth. On arrival at Lithgow, we check into our accommodation, our base for the next three nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Lithgow Workies Motel, LITHGOW

THE LEURA GARDEN FESTIVAL

 

With a leisurely start this morning we wake to the freshness and beauty of the Blue Mountains and visit some of the private gardens. On our way to Leura we take the scenic Cliff Drive near Katoomba where we take in the sights of Echo Point and the mystical Three Sisters - a rock formation surrounded by Aboriginal Dreamtime Legend.  After a photo opportunity we continue to Leura. The gardens of Leura are famous for their magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. The blaze of springtime colour in the gardens attracts visitors from all parts of Australia and overseas. We have some time in picturesque Leura for lunch. The name Leura, aboriginal for "lava", was given to the village because of the area's wealth of volcanic stones. The rich volcanic soils are responsible for Leura's international reputation of possessing some of the nation's most stunning gardens as well as beautiful tree-lined streets.  Every year, Leura hosts the Gardens Festival. From mid afternoon we have some free time to relax and experience the springtime splendour of the mountains.

 

Lunch own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  Lithgow Workies Motel, LITHGOW

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

 

This morning we travel along the Bells Line of Road to the beautiful Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah. Mt. Tomah is the cool climate garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydneyand lies on the basalt capped peaks of the rugged Blue Mountains with its vast panoramas and wonderful flora. The gardens are 850 metres above sea level and the rich volcanic soil and cool moist climate make it an ideal location for one of the world’s finest collections of cool-climate plants. We enjoy a guided tour followed by some free time to further explore these magnificent gardens. We have a treat for lunch today at The Carrington Hotel. The hotel has a long and rich history spanning almost a century and a quarter since her establishment by Sydney hotelier Harry Rowell. Opened in 1882 as The Great Western, this Grand Old Lady soon became a popular mountain retreat for international visitors, the elite of Sydney and those eager to see the natural wonders of the area. Our guide will complete our visit with intriguing stories of the residents of the hotel over the years. The rest of the afternoon is ours to enjoy at leisure.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Lithgow Workies Motel, LITHGOW

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS TO WAGGA WAGGA

 

This morning we leave the Blue Mountains and travel to Cowra, the town made famous by the POW Camp located here during WWII and the infamous “Cowra Breakout”. Here we visit the Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, opened in 1979 and a “must see” attraction in Cowra. The garden represents the landscapes of Japan where the hill is the mountain, streams are rivers while ponds are inland lakes and the sea. The beauty and tranquillity of the Japanese Garden provides a spiritual and cultural experience. After lunch, we drive down to Young, stopping at a local cherry orchard where we have the chance to purchase some homemade jams, liquored fruits, preserves,pickles, sauces, cherry chocolates and more. We have arranged afternoon tea here before the last leg of today’s journey leads us to Wagga Wagga.

 

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel, WAGGA WAGGA

WAGGA WAGGA TO MELBOURNE 

 

All good things must come to an end as we depart Wagga Wagga this morning and make our way to Albury, with morning tea at the Botanical Gardens. After lunch at Wangaratta we travel back to Melbourne arriving late afternoon to complete a fantastic Springtime Garden tour.  As usual, our chauffeurs will be awaiting our arrival to return us safely home.

Springtime Garden Tour 2019

Springtime Garden Tour 2019

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 Deposit is fully refundable until 31 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
75% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date
10% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation on or after tour departure date, No Refund.

 

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