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Botanica

Blue Mountains & Southern Highland Perennial Gardens in Autumn

Sydney Return

Trip Code: BTNSW8
8 Days
19 Apr 2022

Trip Highlights

Your expert Botanical Guide

Renowned Botanical Guide Judy Horton will lead you to stunning private gardens, including her own.

Savour autumn splendour

See the Blue Mountains region in full autumn splendour, and visit Mayfield Garden's autumn festival.

Blue Mountains Cadillac tour

Enjoy a private Cadillac tour of the Blue Mountains.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Services of a Botanical Guide and experienced Coach Captain and travel aboard a comfortable coach with room to spread out
  • 7 nights’ comfortable hotel accommodation plus 15 meals 
  • Learn about the history of the region from your local Coach Captain
  • Visit private gardens, including Botanical Guide Judy Horton’s own garden

  • Visit the Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah and Mt Annan
  • Enjoy a private Cadillac tour of the Blue Mountains and visit Mayfield Garden’s Autumn Festival
  • Tour the gallery of Australian artist, Norman Lindsay
  • Visit Retford Park, the former home of the Fairfax family

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
  • 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
New South Wales Map BTNSW8 2021
Sydney Return

Depart the Sydney hotel for Dural in Sydney’s Hills District. Here you will visit Judy and Rob Horton’s five-acre private bushland garden, before visiting the exclusive private garden Old Savannah. Enjoy time for lunch at Swanes Nursery, established in 1919. This 39-acre nursery has played a significant role in breeding new rose varieties and is famous for its rose gardens. Continue to the historic town of Windsor, founded in 1794, before arriving at our hotel for a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Hawkesbury Valley, Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

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Travel to Bilpin, where we visit Woodgreen, the garden of Peta Trahar. This two-acre perennial garden has been intensely planted and is beautiful in all seasons. Continue to Wildwood garden, with its glorious collection of cool climate plants in a natural woodland. Following lunch in this beautiful setting, we visit the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, located on the boundary of the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains area. Afterwards, visit the beautiful private garden of Nooroo, which showcases plant and flower species from around the world, as well as Australian native plants. Arrive in Lithgow on the Central Tablelands, your home for the next two nights. 

Stay: Two Nights, Lithgow, Bowen Inn or similar

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Today we travel to the historic township of Hartley, a well-preserved town featuring colonial-era buildings including the Greek Revival-styled Courthouse, which once tried bushrangers, convicts and cattle thieves. Here we visit some beautiful cool-climate gardens including Gory’u Japanese Gardens, which showcases Japanese maples and conifers, as well as Chapel House and Clover Hill Rare Plants.

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Departing Lithgow to Mayfield Garden, the largest privately owned, cool-climate garden in Australia. Spanning 39 acres, the garden has an array of features to explore, including the Water Garden with its Impressionist-influenced water lilies, and one of the largest collections of Maple trees and shrubs in Australia. Spend time exploring the garden during its annual Autumn Festival, when the garden is alive with red, orange and yellow autumnal colours. We also visit the community farm in Blackheath to learn about their edible garden movement, before arriving at your hotel in Leura.

Stay: Two nights, Leura, Fairmont Hotel or similar

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This morning, visit another beautiful perennial garden, followed by a relaxing private Cadillac tour around the upper Blue Mountains. Explore Echo Point and visit the Three Sisters, the famous rock formation found on the north escarpment of Jamison Valley. Then continue on to Leura Cascades and the spectacular Wentworth Falls Lake. This afternoon, enjoy some free time in Leura to discover its quaint village setting and boutique stores.

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Depart the Blue Mountains for the Southern Highlands today. Visit the former home of one of Australia’s most iconic artists, writers and personalities, Norman Lindsay. View his famous paintings and see his sculptural works set among the sprawling garden. See where the characters of the children’s classic The Magic Pudding were created. Enjoy free time in Mittagong before visiting Greenbrier Park, considered to be one of Australia’s finest gardens.

Stay: Two Nights, Bowral, Gibraltar Hotel or similar

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Enjoy two beautiful gardens today, including Retford Park, owned by the Fairfax family for over 50 years. This is where they played host to notable visitors, including members of the British and European Royal families. The property includes an arboretum of evergreen and deciduous trees, some both rare and unique. Hedged gardens and a detailed knot garden are also featured. We spend some time in the heritage Sourthern Highlands town of Bowral before finishing the day with a Farewell Dinner at our hotel. 

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Depart Bowral for the private garden of Mickey Robertson, Glenmore House. After Mickey and her husband, Larry, purchased the original farmhouse, they gradually restored and extended it, with the various outbuildings repurposed to fit in with the gardens. We then visit the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, which boasts almost 900 acres of natural woodland and stunning gardens. As the Australian native plant garden of the Royal Botanica Gardens Sydney, it is also home to the Connections Garden, regarded as the premier garden in the state. Later, return to Sydney for your onward journey.

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

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