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Botanica

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Brisbane Return

Trip Code: BTTCF7
7 Days
21 Sep 2021 & 20 Sep 2022

Trip Highlights

Visit Private Gardens

Enjoy the chance to visit a host of the area's best private gardens with your Botanical Guide and meet their owners.

Escorted by Ross McKinnon

Ross McKinnon is the former curator in charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. He has a weekly gardening column and has hosted various television and radio gardening programs.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Explore some specially selected exhibition gardens, chosen because of their unique and creative designs. Be inspired, meet their owners and learn a tip or two.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 7 days with Botanical Guide Ross McKinnon and experienced coach captain
  • 6 nights' stay in centrally located, 4-5 star hotels plus 10 meals
  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • Travel in a comfortable coach with space to spread out
  • Explore the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
  • Visit a range of private gardens and meet their owners
  • Visit 'Mary Poppins House' the childhood home of Pamela Travers
  • Tour the Margaret Olley Art Centre to learn about this famous Australian artist

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 20-25 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Map
Brisbane Return

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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Visit a floral festival with country style and charm.

Be picked up at the pre-tour hotel at 10.30am in Brisbane. Stop at Picnic Point, perched atop 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 taking time to settle into your hotel. This evening, a Welcome Dinner takes place in one of Toowoomba’s most historical buildings. 

Stay: Three Nights, Toowoomba, Potters Boutique Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Dinner

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Visit a floral festival with country style and charm.


Since 1950, the exhibition gardens of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers have been open to the public for 10 days of the year, but they are designed to have year-round appeal. Today we visit some specially selected exhibition gardens, chosen because of their unique and creative designs. Be inspired, meet their owners and learn a tip or two. Enjoy a visit to Queens Park this afternoon. Wander its shady tree-lined avenues and immaculate floral displays or take some free time to explore some of the many other parks and gardens in the town.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

This morning, visit a historic homestead in the Allora region. Remaining in Allora, continue to ‘Mary Poppins House’, the childhood home of writer Pamela Travers. Faithfully restored by the current owners, the storybook-like gardens include roses and a gazebo, framed by a white picket fence. This evening, savour a ‘Progressive Dinner’ enjoying food and wine in three different and unique venues around Toowoomba.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, we take a tour of Ju Raku-en Garden, Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese strolling garden. The garden is home to 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants. It also features a lake, mountain stream and waterfall, creating soothing garden scenes. Afterwards, we visit the Toowoomba Art Gallery, the oldest public gallery in Queensland. Continue on to Sanctuary Cove and your luxury resort. 

Stay: Three Nights, Sanctuary Cove, InterContinental Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning we visit the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah. An extension of the Tweed Regional Gallery, the centre 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 :
  • Breakfast

This morning, visit a delightful year-round private garden which has been featured on Gardening Australia. Set out on a guided tour with the owner, then enjoy a lecture during morning tea. This afternoon, take some free time to relax at your resort before a Farewell Dinner this evening.           

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning we depart Sanctuary Cove and make our way back to Brisbane for a drop off at the post-tour hotel by 1pm.                 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
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