DAY 1 – Brisbane to Bowral Tulips
Welcome to the wonderful Tulip Festival in Bowral, the Floriade Festival in Canberra and the gardens of the Blue Mountains. Departing Brisbane airport with our tour host, we will be met at Sydney airport by our local coach operator and travel to Campbelltown RSL for lunch, then into the Southern Highlands visiting Corbett Gardens for the annual Bowral Tulip Festival. During the tulip festival 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. We also visit the Bradman Cricket Hall of Fame. The Gallery is a mecca for cricket fans the world over and those who are interested in this great Australian icon and the story of the Boy from Bowral. We check in to our accommodation before dinner this evening. Overnight Springs Resort, Mittagong (L,D)
DAY 2 – Canberra Floriade
Today is festival day! Following breakfast we depart to Canberra and Commonwealth Park, which is the centre of the Floriade Festival. The flower display is the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. There are some 150,000 annuals, 65,000 tulips, 20,000 daffodils, 9,000 each of hyacinths and ranunculus and 200,000 muscari – an abundance of bloom and colour! We spend the morning here with free time to wander around at our leisure and to purchase lunch if you wish. This afternoon we visit Cockington Green. This award winning 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 oats house in Kent, a riverside inn, castles and even Stonehenge. Following a wonderful day we check in to our hotel in time before dinner. Overnight Aria Hotel, Canberra (B,D)
DAY 3 – Canberra Discovery War Memorial, Last Post
Of course, Canberra is the seat of Government in Australia. Today we have planned a tour of Parliament House – home of Australia’s Parliament and the meeting place of the nation.. Next is the Museum of Australian Democracy (formerly Old Parliament House). Today, this much-loved heritage building offers the visitor a unique glimpse into Australia’s fascinating past. The remainder of our afternoon will be at the Australian War Memorial. 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. We stay to hear the Last Post and closing ceremony. Overnight Aria Hotel, Canberra (B,D)
DAY 4 – Canberra to Cowra
Today we head to Cowra, the town made famous by the POW Camp located here during World War II and the now famous “Cowra Breakout”. A local guide joins the coach for our town tour. We will also visit the Australian & Japanese War Cemeteries, which contains the graves of the Japanese involved in the POW breakout. This is the only Japanese War Cemetery in Australia. We then visit the Cowra Japanese Gardens. Meandering paths and wooden bridges allow us to explore and view the gardens at ease. The Cultural Centre displays Japanese art history and crafts and has become known as the centre of Japanese Culture in Australia. Overnight Sovereign Inn, Cowra (B,D)
DAY 5 – Bathurst & Blue Mountains
From Cowra we travel to Bathurst and take a drive around the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit. As the circuit is actually a public road it’s easy to experience the “on track” feeling! We then take a sightseeing tour of Bathurst, then make our way to Oberon and visit Mayfield Gardens. There is a maze, an oak forest and an 80 meter cascade that tumbles down the hillside, along with extensive parterre gardens. You really have to see it to believe it. We relax over lunch here and later this afternoon we will re-board the coach and head to the Blue Mountains and check into our hotel. Overnight Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort (B,L,D)
DAY 6 – Blue Mountains
This morning we visit Everglades Gardens, one of the most important historic gardens in the region. We have time at leisure to take in the garden before our morning tea is served. We then make our way to the magnificent Carrington Hotel. On arrival we enjoy a tour followed by a delicious high tea. We take the scenic Cliff Drive where we take in the sights of Echo Point and the mystical Three Sisters and after a photo opportunity we return to Leura with time at leisure to explore the village. Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort (B,MT,D)
DAY 7 – Sydney, Homeward Bound
Sadly our tour has come to an end and following breakfast, we make our way through to Sydney airport to board our flight home. We arrive home with many wonderful memories of our tour. (B)
B = Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Dinner
dates & pricing
- Tour is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
- A $450 non refundable deposit is due upon booking with the remainder payable 65 days prior to departure.
- Full payment is non refundable within 45 days of departure.