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Botanica

Rose Garden Tour of Australia – escorted by Michael Marriott & Paul Zimmerman

Adelaide to Melbourne

Trip Code: BTRA9
9 Days
3 November 2023

Trip Highlights

A Stately Rose Garden

Wander the grounds of the internationally recognised Victorian State Rose Garden.

Learn the Tricks of the Trade

Benefit from firsthand encounters with several rose-growing experts during your journey.

Meet Your Rose Experts

Join Michael Marriott and Paul Zimmerman, whose knowledge of everything rose-related adds an extra dimension to the tour.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Eight nights' accommodation in comfortable centrally located hotels and 21 meals
  • Escorted by renowned rosarians Michael Marriott & Paul Zimmerman
  • Explore rose gardens of Adelaide including the Botanic Gardens and Urrbrae House
  • Visit the two superb gardens near Melbourne – Werribee and the most complete collection of Alister Clark’s roses
  • Travel the famous Great Ocean Road and visit Treloar Roses to see behind the scenes and walk round their display garden
  • Visit the highly acclaimed 10 acre Carnawald Garden with over 1000 roses and covering the whole range of types  
  • Discover Mornington Botanical Rose Garden which includes many very rare Tea and found roses
  • See Morwell Centenary Rose Garden with a particularly good collection of climbers and ramblers

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Fitness Rating: Medium
  • Group Size: 20-30 Guests
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Adelaide to Melbourne

Arrive in Adelaide and be transferred to your hotel. If time permits, you might like to visit Veale and Rymill parks. Both are a delight to walk around, offering plenty of shade and a relaxing atmosphere. They each have large and quite formal rose gardens, with Vymill having over 50 varieties in rectangular beds, while Rymill is rather less formal, with around 3000 roses. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner to meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights: Adelaide, Sebel Playford Hotel or similar

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  • Dinner

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at the Adelaide International Rose Garden. The garden contains over 2,500 roses, with areas dedicated to its Australian-bred roses, heritage roses, single roses and pillar roses. Adjoining the rose garden is the National Rose Trial Garden, created to discover which roses are best suited to the Australian climate. After lunch we visit the garden of Urrbrae House, one of South Australia's most significant heritage houses. The rose garden here comprises over 200 varieties, tracing the history and development of roses from each decade of the twentieth century. This evening, enjoy a special lecture by Kelvin Trimper, Past President of The World Federation of Rose Societies.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we travel to AL RU Farm, a privately owned and beautifully maintained garden created from bare paddocks. It covers 10 acres and there is always something to see whatever the season. When we are there, the many roses will be in full flower alongside a wide range of carefully selected perennials. We then travel up to the Adelaide Hills to have lunch at historic Auchendarroch House and walk round the wonderfully restored garden, featuring a wide range of very interesting plants, as well as many roses and especially good collections of David Austin and Delbard-bred varieties. Next, we visit the immaculately kept, private garden Woodside, owned by Merv (past president of the South Australian Rose Society and brother to Kelvin) and Wendy Trimper.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We have an early departure this morning, as we make our way to Mt Gambier. Along the way we visit Camawald, whose garden is set on a 145-hectare grazing property. Camawald is a superb, highly acclaimed 10-acre garden that includes over 1000 roses. Here we find roses representing each of the various categories from the original species to heritage varieties, hybrid musks and ramblers, through to the modern Hybrid Teas and Floribundas. After lunch here, we visit Wagner’s Rose Nursery. Set in beautiful countryside, it is one of the largest and longest-running rose nurseries in Australia, growing over 800 varieties. Here we will enjoy a talk and demonstration by its owner Brian Wagner. Tonight, we stay in the town of Mt Gambier, near the Victorian border.

Stay: Stay: Mt Gambier, The Barn Accommodation or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Depart early to visit Treloar Roses, Australia’s largest rose production nursery. Go behind the scenes in the production farm area and walk around the beautifully maintained two-acre display garden, containing over 200 varieties. We continue along the National-Heritage-listed Great Ocean Road, stopping at the Port Campbell National Park to view the Twelve Apostles before arriving at Lorne, a beautiful seaside town at the end of the Great Ocean Road.

Stay: Stay: Lorne, Mantra Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, visit the magnificent Victorian State Rose Garden in Werribee, the first garden outside of Europe to receive the International Garden of Excellence award by the World Federation of Rose Societies. With over 5000 roses, and covering 12 acres, it is the largest rose garden on the tour. The design is in the shape of the Tudor Rose (planted with Hybrid Teas and Floribundas), the federation leaf (planted with Australian bred roses) and a bud (planted with David Austin’s English Roses). Around the outside are many climbers and ramblers, as well as heritage roses. We then travel onto the Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden, the country’s only complete collection of the surviving roses of the great Australian rose breeder, Alister Clark. His aim was to breed roses that flowered all year round. He used the wild rose R. gigantea as a parent, which gave his varieties a very lovely and distinctive appearance. Being relatively tender, they are not often seen outside Australia. Arrive in Melbourne and enjoy a special dinner and lecture tonight by a well-known rosarian.

Stay: Five Nights: Melbourne, Marriott Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Depart Melbourne for the Mornington Botanical Rose Garden, which feature over 4000 roses, planted in 86 beds, surrounded by a border of native Australian trees and shrubs. They contain a fascinating range of roses from modern day Hybrid Teas and Floribundas through to rarely grown, but very lovely, tea roses, as well as a number of ‘found roses’ (roses that have been found on old farms or in gardens, cemeteries or nurseries, but which cannot be identified. These roses are then given ‘study names’, which says something about them and where they were found). We then return to Melbourne to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria for a tour. The gardens extend over nearly 100 acres and house a collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world, including rainforest flora, cacti and succulents, Californian species, cycads, plants from southern China and, of course, roses. There is also a collection of rare and threatened species from south-eastern Australia.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today we travel to Gippsland to the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden, which showcases over 3,500 roses in more than 100 manicured beds. It features over 400 carefully selected varieties from the whole range of roses, from the oldest to the newest. Climbers and ramblers are particularly well represented and are trained over a wide range of different structures. We then enjoy lunch and a tour at the spectacular Broughton Hall garden, an eclectic garden with most of the roses mixed in with the other plants. There are stunning views over the landscape towards the Tarago Reservoir.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Depart the tour after breakfast with a private transfer to the airport.

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  • Breakfast
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