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7 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group including four days in Toowoomba during the annual Carnival of Flowers. Enjoy the festive delights of this regional city before travelling to the Gold Coast for three nights at the luxurious Sanctuary Cove resort. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTTCF7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Brisbane Return
Meals included: 11


Day 1. Arrive Brisbane to Toowoomba

Be picked up at the airport at 9.30am or the pre-tour hotel at 10.30am. Stop at Picnic Point perched atop of the crest of the Great Dividing Range for 180 degree views over the World Heritage-listed area of The Scenic Rim. Afterwards visit a private native garden before having time to settle into your hotel before a Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Three Nights: Toowoomba, Potters Boutique Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Today we visit some specially selected exhibition and competition gardens, chosen because of their unique and creative design. Be inspired, meet their owners and learn a tip or two. This afternoon perhaps visit Queens Park and have a guided walk with the head gardener or have free time to explore the Food and Wine Festival or some of the many other parks and gardens in the town.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Harrow Homestead & Allora Private Gardens

This morning visit historic Harrow Homestead and Gardens a private home and grand residence, which was once the centre of a small village with a collection of outbuildings, workers cottages and a school. The picturesque gardens feature a 50 metre rose arbour and waterlily filled lake. Enjoy a light lunch overlooking the garden. Continue onto Allora to visit a private garden featured on Michael McCoy’s ABC TV garden design series as well as ‘The Mary Poppins House’ the childhood home of writer, Pamela Travers. This evening enjoy a ‘Progressive Dinner’ enjoying food and wine in three unique venues.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Japanese Garden & Art

This morning tour Ju Raku-en Garden, Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese strolling garden before a visit to the Toowoomba Art Gallery, the oldest public gallery of Queensland. Afterwards continue on to Sanctuary Cove and your luxury resort
Stay: Three Nights: Sanctuary Cove, InterContinental Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Margaret Olley Art Centre & Tropical Fruit World

This morning we make a visit to the Margaret Olley Art Centre at Tweed Heads which celebrates the career, life and legacy of Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors. Afterwards we take a tour of a tropical fruit planation and journey through orchards where more than 500 of the world’s weird and wonderful fruit varieties are grown. Learn why this unique location, nestled on the edge of the volcanic caldera of Wollumbin, is so special.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Private Garden Visit

This morning enjoy a private garden visit. Meet the owner and learn about gardening in this climate. This afternoon enjoy free time to relax before a Farewell Dinner this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart Brisbane

This morning we depart Sanctuary Cove and make our way back to Brisbane for a drop off at Brisbane airport by 12 midday or the hotel by 1pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
  • Visit a range of private gardens and meet their owners
  • Enjoy spectacular views from Picnic Point
  • Have time to explore the Carnival including the Food and Wine Festival
  • Explore historic Harrow Homestead
  • Visit ‘Mary Poppins House’ the childhood home of Pamela Travers
  • Tour the Japanese Garden Ju Raku-en
  • Visit the Margaret Olley & Toowoomba Art Galleries
  • Explore a tropical fruit plantation
  • Enjoy time to relax at Sanctuary Cove


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide & an experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first & last day of tour
  • 11 Meals – 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 4 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay 3 nights in both Toowoomba and Sanctuary Cove

Additional Information

Botanical Guide – Julie Prent

  • Julie has a Diploma of Horticultural Science from Burnley and has been involved in horticultural education for a decade


Carnival of Flowers

  • For almost 70 years, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been celebrating the colourful blooms grown by its green-thumbed locals. Visitors from all over Australia converge on the charming Queensland country town’s yearly gardening spectacular that includes live music, food, wine and entertainment


Fitness Level

  • This tour requires a low level of fitness – Involves travel close to home and includes longer stays in one location. Guests need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for to one hour

Trip Notes

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

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