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Botanica

Murray River Gardens by Paddle Steamer & Bright Autumn Festival

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTMRC8
8 Days
24 Apr, 11 Sep & 22 Oct 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 8 days with a Botanical Guide in a small group including 4 nights aboard paddle steamer PS Emmylou exclusive for Botanica's guests
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation plus 16 meals including a special bankside candlelight dinner
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager and Coach Captain and travel aboard a comfortable coach with space to spread out
  • Explore private gardens and meet their owners including celebrity gardener Simon Rickard
  • Choose to tour Bendigo Art Gallery or visit the historic Fortuna Villa garden
  • Visit Pericoota Homestead, from All the Rivers Run, on the banks of the Murray
  • Explore World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands on a guided eco cruise
  • Spend time at the Bright Autumn Festival viewing the town's spectacular autumn foliage (April Departure only)

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 - Up to 30 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
BTMRC8 map
Melbourne Return

Depart Melbourne Marriott Hotel at 9am and travel to the private country garden of celebrity gardener, Simon Rickard. Explore the garden, which has been featured on ABC’s Gardening Australia, with Simon. Continue on to the historic town of Bendigo where you have the choice of touring the Bendigo Art Gallery with its impressive collection of Australian art, or Fortuna Villa Garden, which was built with the riches of gold miner George Lansell where you will enjoy a high tea.

Stay: Two Nights: Bendigo, Lakeside Hotel

This morning, drive to the pretty township of Castlemaine for a tour the Buda Historic House and Garden, an authentic goldfields villa named by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny. Explore the house and three acres of heritage gardens featuring original plantings and structures including a tennis pavilion and grape pergola. Enjoy time to explore Castlemaine before visiting another private garden this afternoon.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Depart Bendigo for Echuca where you will board the boutique paddle steamer, the Emmylou. This paddle steamer has been exclusively chartered for Botanica’s guests. Enjoy a welcome afternoon tea before departing Echuca downriver. Tonight’s mooring is at the famous Perricoota Station, made famous in the TV mini-series All the Rivers Run, which starred PS Emmylou, renamed for the filming as PS Providence.

Stay: Four Nights: Emmylou Paddle Steamer

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Explore the buildings and gardens featuring old date palms at Perricoota station. Later, travel by coach to Restdown Winery renowned for their organic wines and Hereford beef. Enjoy a guided walk of the wetlands trail with early Aboriginal significance before enjoying a gourmet lunch and wine tasting. This afternoon, visit Arbuthnot Redgum Sawmill dating back to 1889 for a short tour before arriving back to the Emmylou at Torrumbarry Weir. Here you can learn more about the Murray Darling Basin and lock system at the interpretative centre before mooring overnight at Norris Bend.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take an in depth tour of Perricoota Station before travelling by coach to the town of Barmah to enjoy a picnic lunch before departing on a guided Eco Cruise, travelling through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands, named ‘Wetlands of International Importance’ and see the world’s largest single stand of River Red Gums. Re-board the Emmylou to cruise upriver towards your overnight mooring at Deep Creek Marina.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today enjoy the opportunity to relax onboard as the Emmylou makes its way to Layfield Lane Mooring. Try your hand at steering the boat, with the Skipper or learn how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer. Enjoy a delicious bankside candlelight dinner under the stars.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark the Emmylou and travel to the beautiful town of Beechworth, in the North East of Victoria. Enjoy free time to explore the quaint shops and famous bakery, before visiting a private garden in the nearby town of Stanley, renowned for its fruit orchards.

Stay: Beechworth Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, travel to the town of Bright for the annual Bright Autumn Festival where you’ll have the opportunity to view its spectacular autumn leaves at their best. After lunch, depart Bright for Melbourne, arriving at the Marriott Hotel at 5pm.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

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

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