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Discover South East Queensland.

Admire stunning gardens and flowers on your garden tours with Botanica.

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Visit exclusive private gardens, many owned by Botanica travellers, and spend time at the highly acclaimed Queensland Garden Expo. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTQLD7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Brisbane to Brisbane
Meals included: 13

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Brisbane and Botanic Gardens

Today we commence our tour at 12.30pm at the airport or at the Royal on the Park Hotel at 1.30pm. Enjoy a visit to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, where we will enjoy a guided tour. The gardens were established in 1970 after the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens had to be relocated due to flooding and subsequent damage to the plant collections. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the Roma Street Parklands with its fantastic collection of public art nestled in a unique urban park setting. This evening, you have the opportunity to get to know your fellow guests at a special Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Brisbane, Royal on the Park
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Southern Garden Visits

Today, we depart Brisbane and head south to Tamborine Mountain. Along the way we visit three private gardens, including the multifaceted and award-winning Joncia Garden, for lunch. This garden displays elements from many garden traditions, including a Japanese garden, complete with an oriental bridge along with areas dedicated to natives and tropicals. In the afternoon we arrive at Tallaringa, to admire one of Australia’s most delightful private collection of magnolias and michelias along with colourful rhododendrons. Arriving at our hotel on Tamborine Mountain, you are offered spectacular views spanning far beyond Stradbroke Island to the north and Tweed Heads to the South.
Stay: Two Nights: Tamborine Mountain, Eagle Heights Mountain Resort or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Tamborine Mountain

Owing to the cooler climate, Tamborine Mountain is a haven for plants more commonly seen in temperate regions. We will take time to wander through the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, and then visit the gorgeous ‘Glenloch’ for a tour of the European inspired garden. This afternoon is yours to spend exploring Tamborine at your own pace.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Noosa Private Gardens

Today we visit the private garden Magnolia Close with almost two acres of exotic plants and natural rainforest. Afterwards we also spend time at another exclusive garden making good use of tropical plants. Enjoy meeting the owners at each garden as they share their story with you. We will stop in the town of Montville located on the Blackall Range of the Sunshine Coast hinterland for time to enjoy lunch, before arriving at the RACV Noosa Resort this afternoon.
Stay: Three Nights: Noosa, RACV Noosa Resort or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Queensland Garden Expo

Spend time at the highly acclaimed Queensland Garden Expo with wonderful displays. In the afternoon, we visit the unique Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden, which showcases the flora native
to this area. We return to Noosa via the scenic coast road.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Ginger Factory and Garden Visits

Departing this morning, we stop in Woombye in the Sunshine Coast hinterland to visit another exclusive private garden. For lunch, we travel to the Ginger Factory in Yandina where we will also enjoy a tour of the ginger processing plant and stroll through the fantastic gardens. In the afternoon, we come to Stringy Bark Cottage, near Eumundi. This garden is a wonderful combination of meandering rock paths and vine covered arches that lead visitors into quaint garden rooms. We enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart Noosa

We depart Noosa with one last private garden before returning to Brisbane for a drop off at Brisbane Airport to arrive approximately 12.30pm or the Royal on the Park to arrive approximately 1.30pm, where our tour concludes.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the area from your local Coach Captain
  • Guided visit of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parklands
  • Visit private gardens, many owned by Botanica Club members
  • Explore the Queensland Garden Expo
  • Have lunch on the Glass House Mountains
  • Visit private, cool-climate gardens on Tamborine Mountain
  • Discover the beautiful Stringy Bark Cottage
  • Enjoy lunch and a tour of the Ginger Factory at Yandina
  • Learn about tropical plants and fruit growing from your Botanical Guide
  • Stay on the Tamborine Mountain with wonderful views over the landscape

Map

Included Experiences

  • Services of a Botanical Guide and experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • 13 Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay in 4-5 star hotels

Additional Information

Fitness Level 

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a low level of fitness – Involves travel close to home and includes longer stays in one location. Travellers need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand for up to one hour

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are land only. Flights not included

Discover South East Queensland.

Vibrant bouganvillia can be spotted on your journey.

from $3,045 USD per person

  • Watch video

Visit exclusive private gardens, many owned by Botanica travellers, and spend time at the highly acclaimed Queensland Garden Expo. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTQLD7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Brisbane to Brisbane
Meals included: 13

View departure dates & prices

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Brisbane and Botanic Gardens

Today we commence our tour at 12.30pm at the airport or at the Royal on the Park Hotel at 1.30pm. Enjoy a visit to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, where we will enjoy a guided tour. The gardens were established in 1970 after the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens had to be relocated due to flooding and subsequent damage to the plant collections. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the Roma Street Parklands with its fantastic collection of public art nestled in a unique urban park setting. This evening, you have the opportunity to get to know your fellow guests at a special Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Brisbane, Royal on the Park or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Southern Garden Visits

Today, we depart Brisbane and head south to Tamborine Mountain. Along the way we visit three private gardens, including the multifaceted and award-winning Joncia Garden, for lunch. This garden displays elements from many garden traditions, including a Japanese garden, complete with an oriental bridge along with areas dedicated to natives and tropicals. In the afternoon we arrive at Tallaringa, to admire one of Australia’s most delightful private collection of magnolias and michelias along with colourful rhododendrons. Arriving at our hotel on Tamborine Mountain, you are offered spectacular views spanning far beyond Stradbroke Island to the north and Tweed Heads to the South.
Stay: Two Nights: Tamborine Mountain, Eagle Heights Mountain Resort or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Tamborine Mountain

Owing to the cooler climate, Tamborine Mountain is a haven for plants more commonly seen in temperate regions. We will take time to wander through the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, and then visit the gorgeous ‘Glenloch’ for a tour of the European inspired garden. This afternoon is yours to spend exploring Tamborine at your own pace.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Noosa Private Gardens

Today we visit the private garden Magnolia Close with almost two acres of exotic plants and natural rainforest. Afterwards we also spend time at another exclusive garden making good use of tropical plants. Enjoy meeting the owners at each garden as they share their story with you. We will stop in the town of Montville located on the Blackall Range of the Sunshine Coast hinterland for time to enjoy lunch, before arriving at the RACV Noosa Resort this afternoon.
Stay: Three Nights: Noosa, RACV Noosa Resort or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Queensland Garden Expo

Spend time at the highly acclaimed Queensland Garden Expo with wonderful displays. In the afternoon, we visit the unique Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden, which showcases the flora native
to this area. We return to Noosa via the scenic coast road.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Ginger Factory and Garden Visits

Departing this morning, we stop in Woombye in the Sunshine Coast hinterland to visit another exclusive private garden. For lunch, we travel to the Ginger Factory in Yandina where we will also enjoy a tour of the ginger processing plant and stroll through the fantastic gardens. In the afternoon, we come to Stringy Bark Cottage, near Eumundi. This garden is a wonderful combination of meandering rock paths and vine covered arches that lead visitors into quaint garden rooms. We enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart Noosa

We depart Noosa with one last private garden before returning to Brisbane for a drop off at Brisbane Airport to arrive approximately 12.30pm or the Royal on the Park to arrive approximately 1.30pm, where our tour concludes.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the area from your local Coach Captain
  • Guided visit of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parklands
  • Visit private gardens, many owned by Botanica guests
  • Explore the Queensland Garden Expo
  • Enjoy lunch with a view at the Glass House Mountains
  • Visit private, cool-climate gardens on Tamborine Mountain 
  • Discover Stringy Bark Cottage 
  • Enjoy lunch and a tour of the Ginger Factory at Yandina
  • Learn about tropical plants & fruit growing from your Botanical Guide
  • Stay on Tamborine Mountain with wonderful views over the landscape

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide & experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first & last day of tour
  • 13 Meals – 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  • Stay in 4 to 5-star hotels

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness. Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are land only. Flights not included

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