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Botanica

South Australia’s Heritage, Art & Gardens with Clare Valley

Adelaide Return

Trip Code: BTWR7
7 Days
18 Oct 2021 & 20 Oct 2022

Trip Highlights

Meet private garden owners

Visit private gardens and meet their owners, including celebrity gardener Sophie Thomson's famous property, 'The Patch'.

Tours gardens and vineyards

Tour the Barossa and Clare Valleys as you explore the gardens and great wines of the regions.

See Adelaide's Botanic Gardens

Explore Adelaide, including the David Roche Foundation and the city's splendid Botanic Gardens.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 7 days with Botanical Guide and experienced coach captain
  • 6 nights' stay in centrally located, 4-5 star hotels plus 13 meals
  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • Tour the Barossa Valley wine region to enjoy gourmet experiences including a wine tasting and tour at Seppeltsfield winery and Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm
  • Explore Hahndorf to see Hans Heysen’s home and studio, and visit Sophie Thomson’s private garden ‘Sophie’s Patch’
  • Explore Adelaide including the Botanic Gardens and Ayers House
  • Visit Carrick Hill Manor and the Australian Museum of Gardening as well as the David Roche Foundation 
  • Visit the Heritage Garden and Martindale Hall in the Clare Valley

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
  • Combines with: Gardens, Landscapes & Sights of Kangaroo Island in Spring (BTK4) and Murray River and Silo Art (BTAMS6)
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Map
Adelaide Return

Be met at The Playford hotel at 1.30pm, where you’ll join a city sightseeing tour, including tastings at the Adelaide Wine Centre. Afterwards, visit Ayers House, the former home of South Australia’s eighth premier and a lavishly restored colonial-style mansion, dating back to the 1850s. Its museum offers an immersive insight into Victorian history. Later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. 

Stay: Four Nights, Adelaide, 5-star The Playford Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Dinner

Enjoy a visit to the premier wine region of the Barossa Valley with a leisurely browse at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Then experience the historic Seppeltsfield winery, with its avenue of stunning Canary Island date palms. Aside from the historic centennial cellar and wine tastings, Seppeltsfield showcases a contemporary design space and artisanal produce. Afterwards, visit the private garden of AL-RU Farm, a cattle property featuring a stunning garden. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning be shown around ‘Sophie’s Patch’ followed by a visit to the drought-tolerant, Mediterranean style Highcroft Garden. Later spend time in the quaint German-influenced village of Hahndorf and visit Hans Heysen’s home and studio, to see the magnificent gums he was so famous for painting.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, tour Carrick Hill manor house and gardens at the foot of the Adelaide Hills. The property’s formal gardens are in keeping with its English manor house style and include elms, a pear arbour and the Alister Clark Rose Garden. Afterwards, spend time inside the Australian Museum of Gardening, its collection spanning nearly 400 years. Next, we visit the David Roche Foundation, which displays the many antiques and fine arts David collected over his lifetime. This afternoon, choose to either explore the Art Gallery of South Australia or join your Botanical Guide for a relaxed tour of the Botanic Gardens. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, tour the famous Haigh’s Chocolate Factory, where you’ll get to sample the exquisite delicacies. Stop for lunch at Anlaby House and Garden, home to South Australia’s oldest merino stud. Enjoy its historically listed gardens, including a walled vegetable garden and terraced lawns. We then arrive at a local winery for lunch.    

Stay: Two Nights, Clare Valley, Clare Country Club or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive at one of South Australia’s best-known homesteads, Martindale Hall. Each room here is a living museum, which allows you to see how the upper class lived in the late 1800s. A charming garden and maze complete this historical image of affluence. Continue on to the historic town of Burra for lunch, before visiting Bungaree Station, a part of South Australia’s rich pastoral heritage which ran 100,000 sheep in its heyday.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, visit the most famous garden in the Clare Valley, The Heritage Garden. Kay and Walter Duncan have worked hard to create and maintain this lush six-acre private country garden, that includes 2,000 rose bushes. Travel back to Adelaide this afternoon, where your tour concludes at The Playford Hotel at approximately 2.30pm.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
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