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Attend the Tulip Festival in Bowral.

Experience spring bloom with Botanica World Discoveries.

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Take in the delights of the Southern Highlands gardens, the Bowral Tulip Festival, Canberra’s sights and enjoy the splendour of Floriade, as well as private gardens of the Monaro and the majesty of the Blue Mountains. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTNF8
Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Sydney Return
Meals included: 14


Day 1. Arrive Sydney to Bowral

Depart Sydney hotel at 9.30am or Sydney Airport at 10am travelling to Bowral in the Southern Highlands. On the way visit Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, with displays from all over the world. Afterwards visit the private garden, Greenbrier Park. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Two Nights: Bowral, Gibraltar Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Red Cow Farm, Retford Park & Bowral Tulip Festival

Today visit Red Cow Farm and Retford Park. Visit Bowral’s Tulip Festival, an annual event of blooms.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Floriade & Canberra Sightseeing, Freedom of Choice

Arrive into Canberra and visit Floriade. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Canberra along with spectacular views from atop of Mt Ainslie. Later, enjoy the freedom to choose to visit to the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia or take a tour of new Parliament House.
Stay: Three Nights: Canberra, Novotel Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Private Gardens of the Monaro

Today we travel south to the Monaro High Country, and stunning private gardens, situated on historic merino sheep and cattle stations. Meet the owners and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Canberra Private Gardens

Today spend time visiting some of Canberra’s gardens. Enjoy the unique opportunity to visit the grounds of Government House, the Home of the Governor General*. Afterwards take a tour of the National Arboretum one of the world’s largest living collections of rare trees, where you will have time to enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit a beautiful private garden and meet its owner. 5 Day BTNF5 guests depart Canberra Airport at 3.30pm or the hotel at 4pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Kentgrove & Mayfield Garden

Depart Canberra for Goulburn where we visit Kentgrove Historic Homestead, once site of the orchard for Argyle jam, which is now the venue for a ‘21st century’ Victorian Kitchen Garden. Afterwards travel to Oberon to the privately owned Mayfield Garden, the largest privately owned cool climate garden in Australia before arriving into Leura.
Stay: Two Nights: Leura, Fairmont Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Three Sisters & Mt Tomah Gardens

Enjoy the beauty of the region and admire the Three Sisters before visiting the private garden of Nooroo with magnificent wisteria. We will then walk through the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Blue Mountains & Depart Sydney

Visit a rare plant nursery in Leura and some more private gardens. Arrive back to Sydney Airport at 5pm or Sydney hotel at 6pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Greenbrier Park, Retford Park & Red Cow Farm Gardens in Bowral
  • Attend the Tulip Festival in Bowral
  • Visit private gardens of Canberra
  • Choose to visit the War Museum, National Gallery or New Parliament House in Canberra
  • Visit cool climate private gardens of the Monaro region
  • Explore nature’s garden – the Blue Mountains & private gardens
  • Visit the private garden, Mayfield
  • Explore Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens
  • Learn about the region from your local Coach Captain


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide & experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first & last day
  • 14 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 5 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay in centrally located 4-star hotels

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • WA Wildflowers, Landscapes & Private Gardens - BTWA10


Fitness Level

  • Our tours and cruise 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


Celebrate Spring at Floriade

  • Floriade blooms in Canberra each spring, transforming Commonwealth Park into a rich tapestry of colour

Trip Notes

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

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