Every year thousands of people head to Griffith to view and admire more than 50 larger than life citrus sculptures, created using more than 100,000 oranges, 100,000 rubber bands, a dedicated project manager and an army of volunteers! At the same time, the Griffith Festival of Gardens shows off horticulture on varying scales and will provide inspiration to all gardeners.Book Now
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Day 1 L, D
Home – Wentworth Falls's – Blue Mountains – Echo Point – Blackheath
Departing from the Hunter and meeting our interstate friends at Sydney Airport, we commence our journey over the Sydney Sandstone Curtain. A picnic lunch at Wentworth Falls offers our first glimpse of the Blue Mountains. Taking the scenic drive along the escarpment to the Echo Point and the Three Sisters, you will understand why this is the most photographed point in Australia. Continuing around to Govetts Leap on the Western Side of the escarpment, folklore has it that an escaped convict on horseback leapt over the ledge! This afternoon check into our accommodation and enjoy a swim in the resort pool before dinner.
Redleaf Resort Blue Mountains
Day 2 B, L, D
Blue Mountains – Cowra
Awakening to the crisp mountain air we soon depart over the range towards historic Hartley, once an important changing station for the early settlers. Our destination is Mayfield Private
Garden, established in 1984, originally as a sheep farm. While agricultural activities continue on the surrounding 2,025 hectares, the heart of the property has been gradually transformed into one of the largest privately owned cool climate gardens in the world. There is an onsite café specialising in local produce where you can purchase your own lunch. This afternoon, relax in the quiet of a very different garden, the Cowra Japanese Gardens.A local guide for will come on board in Cowra to share some more history of the area before we retire to our accommodation.
Cowra Services Club Motel
Day 3 B, L, D
Cowra – Garden Luncheon – Griffith
The country levels out as we make our way into the fertile country of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. Lunch will be in our first local garden. Each year the festival encourages different gardens of all shapes and sizes to enter the competition. A local guide comes on board the coach to share more of the history of the town as well as some fantastic views from the town lookout, taking in the patchwork scene of the market gardens. Dinner tonight is at one of the local restaurants.
Day 4 B, D
Griffith Festival of Gardens
Griffith is in the heart of Australia’s food bowl, growing citrus, stone fruits, rockmelons, nuts, onions, carrots, pumpkins, capsicums, gherkins and tomatoes to name just a few. Visit the main gardens of the festival and enjoy the wonderfully creative citrus sculptures. Return to the main street for an opportunity to try some of the local eateries that are on display in the park. We will look at some more gardens in the afternoon. Tonight enjoy local cuisine making the most of the produce grown in the area.
Day 5 B, L, D
Griffith Festival – Goulburn
Get your cameras at the ready, there are over 100 orange and lime sculptures to marvel at -all of the community play a part in creating these fruity sensations. Heading due east we stop in Temora for a picnic lunch before continuing via Yass to Goulburn.
Goulburn Heritage Motel
Day 6 B, L
Goulburn – Picton Botanic Gardens – Home
Crossing the Hume Highway into the Southern Highlands we stop at the amazing Corbett Gardens for morning tea. Next stop will be Picton Botanic Gardens, probably one of the lesser known gardens in Australia, but certainly fitting within the theme of our country garden tour. Enjoy a sit down lunch at the club in Picton before saying goodbye to our Sydney and interstate friends as we continue on to the Hunter.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $2,789.00 per person
TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER FROM: $2,389.00 per person
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