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Botanica

Melbourne Flower Show & Gardens of the North-East

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTM8
8 Days
28 Mar 2022
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 8 days with a Botanical Guide and experienced Coach Captain in a small group
  • 7 nights' luxury accommodation plus 12 meals
  • Experience the Melbourne Flower Show including a pre-visit lecture
  • Visit the Diggers Club gardens of Heronswood, St Erth and Cloudehill
  • Travel to the Dandenong Ranges and visit William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • Tour the Australian Garden at the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
  • Visit the Yarra Valley gardens of Alowyn and Lubra Bend
  • Explore the charming towns and gardens of Milawa, Beechworth and Bright. Includes a visit to the private Sunnymeade Garden

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 15-25 guests
  • Tour dates may change upon confirmation of Melbourne Flower Show date
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
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Melbourne Return

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Melbourne Flower & Garden Show

Visit the largest horticultural event in the southern hemisphere held annually in the Carlton Gardens.

Meet your Botanical Guide and fellow travellers in your hotel foyer this evening from 6.15pm. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm.

Stay: Five Nights, Melbourne, Marriott Hotel or similar

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Visit the Diggers Club’s Garden of St Erth at Blackwood. Situated close to the Macedon Ranges and within the Wombat State Forest, throughout the year Blackwood is filled with flowering borders in spring to a blaze of autumn colour. As one of Australia’s most exciting cool-climate gardens, the garden is also home to a collection of rare and unusual plants. Afterwards, visit the beautiful private gardens of Frogmore and Tieve Tara before travelling back to Melbourne.

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Travel to the Dandenongs and explore William Ricketts Sanctuary, where over 90 distinct sculptures depicting Aboriginal people inhabit a pure forest setting. Afterwards, wander through the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens, enjoying breathtaking views over the Yarra Valley. This afternoon, visit the acclaimed Cloudehill Garden, with its extensive herbaceous borders, roses and azalea walks.

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Visit the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, with its exciting Australian Garden. Continue to Heronswood Garden in Dromana, the home of the Diggers Club, and enjoy a tasting-plate lunch created straight from the garden. This afternoon we continue on to the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s property, Cruden Farm, which is sure to be a highlight. During dinner tonight, enjoy a special Melbourne Flower Show lecture.

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Melbourne Flower Show

Visit the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.


Enjoy a full day at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Regarded as the largest and most successful horticultural event in the southern hemisphere, it is rated among the top five flower and garden shows in the world. View the display gardens created by some of Australia’s leading garden designers and view the magnificent floral displays housed in the spectacular Royal Exhibition Buildings.

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Today, journey to the Yarra Valley region to visit the private garden of Lubra Bend, designed by acclaimed garden designer, Phillip Johnson. Then visit Alowyn Gardens, with its six distinct areas all leading from one magnificent 100-metre-long wisteria and rose-covered arbor. Arrive in Milawa in the north-east of Victoria, and settle in to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Milawa, Lindenwarrah or similar

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Today you’ll visit a number of beautiful private gardens around the Bright region. You’ll have the chance to meet their owners and learn about the challenges of gardening in a cool climate. Enjoy free time to explore the town of Bright, renowned for its beautiful displays of autumn leaves. Gateway to the alpine scenery of Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek, the local area is also home to an extensive variety of flora and fauna. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Dinner

Visit a magnificent, five-acre European-style garden in the heart of picturesque Stanley. Afterwards, feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as you explore the historic gold mining town of Beechworth, which boasts the highest number of National Trust-classified buildings in Australia. Take your time to explore the quaint shops here and perhaps have lunch at the famous Beechworth Bakery. On your way back to Melbourne, you’ll enjoy wandering around the private Sunnymeade Garden, situated in the Strathbogie Ranges, and described by the television program Better Homes and Gardens as one of Australia’s most beautiful gardens. Your tour concludes at the Marriott Hotel Melbourne at around 6pm.

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Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.

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