8 Day Canberra Floriade Tour
Experience the wonder of Spring with Blue Bus Tours. Be enchanted by the glorious colours dotted throughout the Floriade Festival and smell the incredible blooms at gorgeous gardens in the Southern Highlands and Canberra.
Tuesday 29 September - Tuesday 6 October 2020
Brisbane - Coffs Harbour
Tue 29 Sep 20 (LD)
Welcome to our Canberra tour featuring the amazing Floriade. Departing Brisbane, we arrive at Lanbruk’s Gunyah where we are welcome by our guide who leads us through the olive groves and introduces us to the cheeky alpacas! We enjoy lunch here before continuing on to Coffs Harbour for our first dinner together (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch included).
Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour - Southern Highlands
Wed 30 Sep 20 (BLD)
Sit back, relax and get to know your fellow travellers as we travel down the coast. We stop for lunch at Mayfield Ex-Services Club, near Newcastle, before continuing onto Mittagong in the splendid Southern Highlands for our overnight stay (breakfast at hotel / lunch included / dinner at Mittagong RSL).
Springs Resort Mittagong RSL Motel
Southern Highlands - Canberra
Thu 1 Oct 20 (BLD)
This morning we travel to the charming town of Bowral. Here lies Corbett Gardens where you’ll be delighted with spectacular displays of tulips and colourful springtime bulbs, shrubs and trees. Next, we wander amongst the enchanting gardens at Red Cow Farm. Garden lovers have such a fantastic choice with a cottage garden, a walled garden and a vegetable garden all on display. Escape to the tranquillity and beautiful scenery of Eling Forest Winery. Sit back as we taste the cool climate wine and enjoy our lunch in the stunning landscape. This afternoon we travel to Canberra where we can unpack as this will be our home for the next four nights (breakfast at Mittagong RSL / lunch included / dinner at hotel).
Canberra Rex Hotel
Fri 2 Oct 20 (BD)
Our first visit today is Mt Ainslie Lookout for amazing views across Lake Burley Griffin and the Canberra surrounds. Then it’s off to Commonwealth Park, the centre of the Floriade Festival! The flower display is the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Revel in an impressive array of colourful flowerbeds, horticultural exhibitions and unmissable entertainment. Afterwards, we visit Tulip Top Gardens, where acres of stunning world class gardens bloom to life. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley. After a wonderful day taking in the spring flowers, we return to our hotel for dinner (breakfast & dinner in hotel / lunch at own expense).
Canberra Rex Hotel
Reflection & Remembrance
Sat 3 Oct 20 (BD)
We take in some of the city sights as we travel through Embassy Row, finding embassies and high commissions of countries from around the world. Look out for the marvellous traditional design of the Chinese Embassy and the splendid Georgian style United States Embassy. Next, we visit Parliament House. Listening to our informative guide, we are led through this political power house and are enlightening with the daily life of democracy. This afternoon we are moved at the Australian War Memorial. Combining a shrine, world-class museum and extensive archive, the Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who had died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Wander the impressive exhibitions and sombre ceremonial areas including the Hall of Memory together with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour that lists the names of over 102,000 Australian service men and women who have died in war. We are farewelled with the Last Post Ceremony. The touching ceremony features the national anthem, piper’s lament, an individual story, ode recited by a Defence Force personnel and ending with the sounding of the Last Post. What an unbelievable experience (breakfast & dinner in hotel / lunch at own expense).
Canberra Rex Hotel
Sun 4 Oct 20 (BLD)
This morning we visit the famous Cockington Green Gardens. This award-winning tourist attraction takes its name from the township of Cockington in Devon, a historic English village. It is a one-twelfth scale reproduction of building and gardens – thatched cottages, a tiny church, the village green and even Stonehenge. Furthermore, model figures bring the scenes to life. We join Southern Cross Cruises for a sightseeing trip on Lake Burley Griffin. Meander past Canberra’s monuments, museums and political battlegrounds as we listen to the captains interesting commentary. After a fish and chip lunch we have time at leisure. We meet back up at dinner, where we can share our stories from the day (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch included).
Canberra Rex Hotel
Canberra - Coonabarabran
Mon 5 Oct 20 (BLD)
We begin our journey home, taking the inland route. In Molong we visit the Yarn Market Craft Cottage for the opportunity to view artisan crafts and the famous tapestry handcrafted by the community’s young and old. A quick lunch and we’re back on the road to our overnight stop, Coonabarabran, a town nestled at the foothills of the Warrumbungles (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch included).
Matthew Flinders Motor Inn
Coonabarabran - Brisbane
Tue 6 Oct 20 (B)
With our bags packed we continue back to Brisbane, making convenience stops along the way. We arrive home with new friends and fond memories made on our fabulous Floriade holiday (breakfast at hotel / lunch at own expense).