Day 1. Brisbane – Toowomba (MT,L,D)
Departing on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach from Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, we travel through the lush Lockyer Valley in Spring Bluff, to discover the prize-winning gardens here. At The Village Green at Highfields we browse the delightful range of specialty stores then at Rosalie House we sample their wines in a restored railway cottage and enjoy lunch with views across the Lilyvale Valley. In Toowoomba there’s time to relax before a night out celebrating the start of the 2019 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The opening night gala dinner in Laurel Bank Park presents an unforgettable degustation dining experience showcasing local produce matched with delicious wines. 2 Night Stay: Bourke & Wills Hotel, Toowoomba
Day 2. Toowoomba (B,MT,L,D)
This morning we join Mike Wells, a local garden personality, to discover Queens Park Botanic Gardens’ spectacular floral displays. We break at Picnic Point with its panoramic views over the Main Range then continue on to a selection of exhibition and competition gardens with our expert guide. At DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum we take in lunch aboard a reconditioned railway car then investigate DownsSteam’s entry into the garden competition before taking a tour of the unique Dreamtime Coach Journey. Later we stroll through Ju Raku En Japanese Garden. This evening we enter the twilight zone and discover the world of Laurel Bank Park by night where our guide will unearth the darker side of plant life on a one-hour nocturnal tour.
Day 3. Toowoomba to Pittsworth (B,D)
Today starts at the Cobb n Co Museum with its interactive displays, exhibits and The National Carriage Collection. After morning tea we return to the CBD for free time before meeting up later for the Grand Central Floral Parade. Our VIP reserved seating ensures we have the ultimate view of proceedings as hundreds of flowery floats wind their way through the heart of the city with street performers, carnival characters, incredible inflatables and stilt walkers escorting the stunning displays on their journey to Queens Park. At the conclusion of the parade we farewell the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and board the coach for the short journey to Pittsworth. ** Lunch is at your own expense today. 1 Night Stay: Pittsworth Motor Inn, Pittsworth
Day 4. Pittsworth to Tamworth (B,MT,L,D)
Today we travel south to Texas for a visit to the Texas Rabbit Works. Built in 1928 and processing 6000 rabbits a day during the great depression, the works is attributed with the survival of the town through that era. The rest of our day takes us through New England via Warialda to Tamworth where we stop at the Big Golden Guitar before checking-in.
1 Night Stay: Mercure Hotel, Tamworth
Day 5. Tamworth to Hunter Valley (B,MT,L,D)
Travelling into the Hunter region we break in Scone then arrive at Darley Thoroughbred Stud near Denman. Here we spend time with local guide, Craig Benjamin, who has exclusive rights to conduct tours of some of the most prestigious racing studs in the area. He takes us on an insider’s tour of the thoroughbred racing and equine industries. Later we journey further into the Hunter Wine region. 2 Night Stay: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley
Day 6. Hunter Valley (B,L,D)
We spend the morning at the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens enjoying a guided train tour through parts of the 25 hectares of gardens. Next we hit the food and wine trail starting at McGuigan Wines with an informative tour learning the process from the vine to the bottle. After tasting a selection of their wines we lunch at Lovedale Smokehouse, an artisan smokehouse known for its range of smoked and cured meats, seafood, terrines, pates, cheeses and chutneys. For something sweet we make tracks for the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company a Hunter Valley icon.
Day 7. Hunter Valley to Bathurst (B,MT,L,D)
Today takes us through Bylong and Rylstone to the historic village of Rydal to stop for lunch and in the hope of their iconic daffodils still being in bloom. Our afternoon takes us to Bathurst for some down time before an enchanted evening out. We don our glad rags for a night of frivolity celebrating the magnificent elegance of the Georgian Era at historic Abercrombie House. After an introduction and pre-dinner drinks in the Drawing Room we indulge in a 4 course candlelit dinner in the Grand Ballroom with entertainment, toasts and musicians. 1 Night Stay: Rydges Mount Panorama, Bathurst
Day 8. Bathurst to Canberra (B,MT,L,D)
Before leaving Bathurst we take a lap of Mount Panorama then make tracks for Cowra for morning tea at the Cowra Japanese Gardens. Taking a self-guided tour we learn of the symbolic nature of the gardens that honour Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese prisoners of war who broke out of the local prison camp in 1944. Later we break for lunch in Yass before our afternoon takes us to Cockington Green Gardens, a fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. 3 Night Stay: Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra
Day 9. Canberra (B,L,D)
We take a drive-by tour of Canberra’s International Embassies and High Commissions then arrive at Tulip Top Gardens which showcases 10 acres of magnificent tulips, spring flowers, blossom and a magical cascading waterfall and watercourse. Next we take a guided tour of the National Arboretum exploring the forests of endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. At 2pm we visit the War Memorial, touring through the Hall of Memory, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour, finishing with a moving closing ceremony. GGP
Day 10. Canberra (B,L,D)
Today brings a tour of Parliament House and a chance to be a part of democracy in action. We have access to the Chambers and historic documents like Magna Carta, and discover the impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape of one of Australia’s most significant attractions. We then board Southern Cross Cruises for a lunch cruise on Lake Burley Griffin before finishing the day with a drive to Mount Ainslie lookout for sweeping views over Canberra. GGP
Day 11. Canberra & Flights Home (B)
Our final day brings us to Canberra’s iconic event, Floriade. With one million flowers in bloom throughout springtime, it is the biggest flower festival in Australia. Enjoy the morning at you own pace before our transfer to the airport for our midafternoon flights home.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Select the GGP option to help reduce pressures on our natural environment and get a reduced price of your tour. SAVE: $20PP TWIN SHARE OR $40 SOLE USE
- Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.