23rd September – 2nd October.
Celebrate spring – see gardens that will inspire! This is a spectacular Southern Springtime Holiday that is the most comprehensive ‘Springtime Garden Tour’ available. We’re bound for New South Wales, ACT and Victoria. Wonder at Canberra’s premier festival ‘Floriade’, a spectacular celebration of spring with thousands of flowers adorning the picturesque parklands. So much to see and enjoy including cruising on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes at Lakes Entrance. Continue the Springtime flavour with a visit to the Dutch themed Tesselaar’s Tulip Festival in Silvan with row upon row of massed tulips. More changes in store as we discover the scenic beauty of Phillip Island with its spectacular coastline and amazing fauna. You won’t want to miss this great tour.
DAY 1 MARYBOROUGH – COFFS HARBOUR D
Friday, 23rd September: Welcome aboard! An early start for travelling companions joining between Maryborough and Caloundra. Brisbane and Toowoomba passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre. Gold Coast passengers join enroute. Travel south to Ballina for lunch then enjoy the scenic beauty of the Northern Rivers as we continue to Coffs Harbour. Stay Zebra Motel.
DAY 2 COFFS HARBOUR – GOSFORD BLD
Saturday, 24th September: Continue our journey southward through Nambucca Heads, Kempsey and the picturesque MACLEAY VALLEY to Gosford and settle in to our accommodation. Stay Quality Inn The Willows.
DAY 3 GOSFORD – QUEANBEYAN BLD
Sunday, 25th September: Travel along the Hume Highway to the town of Bowral for morning tea in the beautiful CORBETT GARDENS. Continue on to Canberra to TULIP TOP GARDENS for lunch and a wander through the delightful privately owned garden which is only open at Floriade time. Mid afternoon visit the amazing miniature re-creation of an English rural village at COCKINGTON GREEN, complete with river, trains, bonsai gardens and tiny folk going about their business. Two night stay at 4 star Best Western Central Motel & Apartments.
DAY 4 CANBERRA FLORIADE BD
Monday, 26th September: Start our day with a drive past the Embassies and High Commission before a tour of NEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE. Now, the chief attraction of the day – Canberra Floriade. The massive springtime displays provide an unrivalled spectacle of fragrance and colour. Complete our day with a visit to the AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL with time to watch the closing ceremony before returning to our motel.
DAY 5 CANBERRA – MERIMBULA BLD
Tuesday, 27th September: Southward this morning along the Monaro Highway, stop at WHEELER’S OYSTER FARM in Pambula for an informative guided tour followed by a delicious lunch. Next, step aboard the Cat Balou for a Twofold Bay cruise surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park and state forest, stunning scenery, pristine bays and beaches. Stay Merimbula Gardens Motel.
DAY 6 EDEN – SALE BLD
Wednesday, 28th September: After a hearty breakfast we’re away to the beautiful Gippsland Lakes District. Stop at the Metung Hotel for lunch then some free time to explore the village before continuing on to our accommodation. Stay Comfort Inn Sale.
DAY 7 SALE – MELBOURNE BD
Thursday, 29th September: A little magic today as we make our way along the Princes Highway to Silvan for the TESSELAAR TULIP FESTIVAL. More than half a million bulbs display their exotic majesty, a reflection of nature’s miraculous beauty. They encompass every colour from dazzling to delicate hues in patterns most daring and others most plain. But there’s more! Next The Spring Floral Festival at the NATIONAL RHODODENDRON GARDENS at Olinda in the scenic Dandenong Ranges with its unparalleled variety of brilliantly coloured blooms, mainly rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. After a magnificent day of floral splendour, settle in to our 4½ star accommodation. Three night stay Oaks on William.
DAY 8 PHILLIP ISLAND BLD
Friday, 30th September: A full day today as we depart for Phillip Island. Our first stop is the beautiful ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS AT CRANBOURNE. After morning tea, travel on to historic CHURCHILL ISLAND for lunch and a guided tour of the Heritage Farm before moving on to PANNY’S AMAZING WORLD OF CHOCOLATE. Mid afternoon take a walk along the boardwalk at THE NOBBIES for a spectacular ocean view before our dinner visit to the PENGUIN PARADE. After viewing the little penguins we return to our motel.
DAY 9 MELBOURNE FREE DAY BD
Saturday, 1st October: A free day in Melbourne to explore the city at leisure before a farewell dinner together.
DAY 10 MELBOURNE – HOME BD
Sunday, 2nd October: Transfer to Melbourne Airport to join your return flight to home port for passengers choosing the 10 day option. A free day in Melbourne for passengers travelling to Tasmania. Late afternoon board the Spirit of Tasmania for overnight transfer to Devonport. Tonight enjoy dinner onboard at the Leatherwood Restaurant. Accommodation: Spirit of Tasmania, twin share cabin.
Adult: $3650 pp
Pensioner: $3630 pp
Past Passenger: $3620 pp
Single Supplement: $925 pp
Flight: $99 pp
Final Payment Due: 9th August 2016
Price relates to airfare & taxes from/to Brisbane Domestic Airport only. Flights to/from other major airports are available but may incur an additional fee.
Passengers are welcome to delay their flight home but may incur an additional fee due to flight price fluctuation. Extra accommodation expenses will apply. If delaying flight home passengers will need to arrange their own transport home from the airport.
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Bookings Close on Wednesday September 21st, 2016