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Botanica

Victorian Private Gardens & Galleries

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTGGV7
7 Days
27 Sep 2020 & 26 Sep 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 7 days in a small group with Garden/Art Guide and an experienced coach captain
  • 6 nights' accommodation in unique 4 to 5 star hotels including 2 nights at Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld plus 13 meals
  • Learn how Paul Bangay uses plants in his private garden
  • Explore the artistic hub of Daylesford
  • Visit the National Gallery of Victoria as well as regional galleries including Bendigo, Ballarat, Hamilton and Geelong
  • Travel through the rugged splendour of the Grampians in wildflower season
  • Meet private garden owners including Botanica's Founder Judy Vanrenen OAM
  • Discover how garden sculptures are made from Australian Bronze

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low Fitness Level - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for up to one hour and keep up with the pace of the group
  • Group size 15-20 guests
  • Can be combined with: Canberra's Floriade, New South Wales Tulips & Private Gardens BTNF5
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Australia map BTGGV7 2020-2021
Melbourne Return

We meet this morning at 9.00am at the Melbourne hotel for a walking tour of Melbourne’s street art and laneways, followed by a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria with the opportunity to view the Pierre Bonnard exhibition (2020 only). This afternoon we visit the stunning Broughton Hall with its cherry blossoms in bloom.

Stay: Melbourne, Marriott Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

See how one of Australia’s leading landscape architects uses plants as his palette in his magnificent garden. Paul Bangay has created an outstanding private garden where he experiments with plants and design to showcase what can be achieved in the many private gardens he is commissioned to create around the world. This is a very special visit. Spend time in one of Victoria’s artistic hubs, Daylesford, before continuing to the Ballarat Art Gallery which is the oldest and largest gallery in regional Australia. See Streeton, Roberts, Ramsay, Fox, Condor, Drysdale and Barak paintings here. Later, check in to a beautifully restored hotel, part of Victoria’s gold rush history.

Stay: Two Nights: Ballarat, Craig’s Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today we visit another town built on early Victorian gold rush history where the Bendigo Regional Gallery has become renowned for amazing regional exhibitions that draw visitors from around the world. Enjoy the permanent exhibition on a guided tour of the collection. This afternoon we visit a private garden.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a private garden visit near Beaufort this morning, complete with morning tea, before continuing towards the spectacular Grampians where over 1,000 species of flora bloom. Visit Halls Gap and drive south through the Grampians in wildflower season before arriving at the Royal Mail Hotel, nestled at the foot of the Southern Grampians and renowned for its gourmet food and stunning location.

Stay: Two Nights: Dunkeld, Royal Mail Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy an early morning visit to the Royal Mail’s Kitchen Garden to see where all the fresh produce is grown. Hamilton Regional Gallery has a rare collection of Paul Sandby English landscape drawings from a private collection that was assembled during the artist’s lifetime. Visit the Hamilton Botanic Gardens originally designed by William Guilfoyle and housing an outstanding Abutilon collection.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a private garden visit to Wiltshire, home of Botanica’s Founder, Judy Vanrenen. Continue on to Geelong Regional Gallery with a wonderful collection of early colonial artworks including von Guerard’s early Western District paintings before arriving at our waterfront hotel.

Stay: Torquay, RACV Resort or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning we visit The Hive Gallery to see the home of Victorian garden sculptor, Wil Wilson. Hear how he creates the amazing bronze pieces that he takes to Chelsea Flower Show every year, and see works by other local artists. Enjoy a Farewell Lunch at the very artistic but quirky Oakdene Restaurant and gardens before returning to the Melbourne hotel by 5pm.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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