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Botanica

Victorian 'Fork to Fork'

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTFF5
5 Days
23 Nov 2020 & 22 Nov 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 5 Days with a Botanical Guide in small group;  Airport transfers on first and last day
  • Stay 4 nights at 5-star Sofitel Melbourne and 9 meals including a special 'fork to fork' lunch
  • Visit the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch's beloved Cruden Farm
  • See tree peonies in full bloom in the Macedon Ranges
  • Visit Paul Bangay's private garden and also visit Alowyn Garden in the Yarra Valley
  • Admire the stunning Cloudehill Garden in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Visit Chelsea Flower Show winner, Phillip Johnson's private garden
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration at the Sofitel Melbourne

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Can be combined with: Private Gardens and Tastes of Tasmania BTT07 with Bruny Island BTT09
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Australia map BTFF5 2020-2021
Melbourne Return

Meet your Botanical Guide and fellow travellers at the Sofitel hotel at 8am and travel to the Macedon Ranges. On the way visit Paul Bangay’s Stonefields garden. Enjoy an exclusive tour of this artistic garden. Arrive in Macedon where you have time at leisure to have lunch. This afternoon, visit a Peony Farm to see spectacular tree peonies in full bloom. Return to Melbourne and enjoy a Welcome Dinner with panoramic views.

Stay: Four Nights, 5-star hotel in Melbourne, the luxurious Sofitel Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

Visit a private garden then continue to Heronswood Garden overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Wander through the gardens with perennial borders, scented herbs and dry climate plants. After enjoying a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch at Heronswood, we continue on to the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s property, Cruden Farm, sure to be a highlight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today you will tour the Yarra Valley, home to some of Victoria’s premier wineries and artisan produce. Visit the spectacular Alowyn Gardens, where the owners have transformed a barren landscape into a beautiful instructive garden. Stop for a wine tasting at Yering Station before enjoying lunch at Coombe Farm, once owned by Dame Nellie Melba. Followed by a private garden tour.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

After breakfast we explore the beautiful Dandenong Ranges including Cloudehill Garden with its extensive herbaceous borders, roses and azalea walks. Among the mature trees featured at Cloudehill are maples and copper beeches. We enjoy lunch at Coonara Restaurant and wander their picking garden. We visit the private garden of 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, Best in Show winner, Phillip Johnson. Tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with a masterclass cooking demonstration at the Sofitel.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning enjoy a walking tour of Melbourne’s hidden laneways before your transfer to the airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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