Floriade – Canberra’s annual spring “flower fest” - is an iconic event which runs from the middle of September until the middle of October and showcases one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park. The event welcomes more than 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors each year. Our 8 day Canberra “Floriade Experience” is full of national attractions and hidden gems - in the home of the Australian story.
DAY 1 (D) NARACOORTE TO ALBURY:
Sunday 17 September 2023
Welcome to our 8 Day spring tour to Canberra, our nation’s capital. Each spring, Canberra’s Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom. This year – 2023 – Canberra will host the 38th Floriade Spring Festival. Once aboard our Naracoorte Charters Touring Coach we head to Horsham and into North Eastern Victoria. Our first overnight stop is in Albury. (Meal inclusions: Welcome dinner)
Quality Siesta Albury – 1 night (PH: 02 6025 4555)
DAY 2 (BLD) ALBURY TO CANBERRA:
Monday 18 September 2023
We take a look around Albury before re-joining the Hume Highway north to Gundagai where a local guide will take us on a brief tour including a visit to Rusconi's Masterpiece and morning tea. Taking nearly thirty years to build the masterpiece is made entirely of NSW marble where no plans of any kind were used during its construction. Yet it is a magnificent example of meticulous accuracy. From here we continue to Yass and onto the former gold township of Murrumbateman - now the focus of the Canberra district cool climate wine region. Situated amongst rolling hills and with more than 20 boutique wineries it is very fitting that we stop here for some wine tasting and lunch at the Murrumbateman Winery. We then head into Canberra – our base for the next 5 nights. (Meal inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the hotel/Winery lunch)
Novotel Canberra – 5 nights (PH: 02 6245 5000)
DAY 3 (BD) CANBERRA IN BLOOM:
Tuesday 19 September 2023
After breakfast we will embark on a sightseeing tour with the help of a local guide. Included in our touring will be a stop at Mt Ainslie. The views across Lake Burley Griffin are breathtaking. Canberra is a truly unique city and one of only a few planned cities in the world. This will be a great spot for a group photo opportunity! Next stop is Commonwealth Park, the centre of the Floriade Festival. The centre piece is Nerang Pool which will be surrounded by a number of discrete themes. The flower display is the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. We have plenty of time to enjoy this abundance of bloom and beauty and there are many refreshment outlets where we can purchase our morning tea and lunch. Early afternoon, we transfer to the Australian War Memorial. The Australian War Memorial commemorates the sacrifice of the Australian men and women, who have served in war, through its ceremonial areas, extensive exhibitions and research facilities. The focus of the commemoration is 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 servicemen and women who have died in war. Over the past few years the Memorial has undergone extensive redevelopment resulting in new galleries and displays. The largest of these is the very impressive Anzac Hall. Its within this hall that we see enthralling exhibitions - Striking by Night which features the Memorial's famous Lancaster bomber “G for George” and tells the stories of those Australians who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War. Next is the film Over the Front – the Great War in the Air. Australians played a part in aviation’s remarkable advancement during the First World War. In the clear skies over the Western Front in France and in the Middle East, young men fought in flimsy machines of wood, canvas, and wire. This exhibition brings history to life with a range of extraordinary and original aircraft and an exciting visual depiction of military flight. The final exhibition is Sydney Under Attack – the tale of the famous midget submarine, assembled from sections of two of the three submarines that raided Sydney in 1942. The exhibition “Sydney Under Attack” uses sound and light to relive the drama and tragedy of the events that night. At the end of each day, the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post ceremony. The ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a Lament, played by a piper. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. (Meal inclusions today – Breakfast & dinner in the hotel)
DAY 4 (BD) AROUND CANBERRA:
Wednesday 20 September 2023
We have more of Canberra’s best sights on our agenda today! First up we visit the National Museum. Opened in 2001 the building is an architectural landmark. Inspired by the idea of a jigsaw puzzle, it reflects the many intertwined stories that make up Australia’s history. The National Museum of Australia is a social history museum. We can explore the land, nation and people of Australia. The museum focuses on Indigenous histories and cultures, histories of European settlement and our interaction with the environment. Next is the National Portrait Gallery, situated on King Edward Terrace, bounded by the High Court of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. It is the most significant building to be constructed in the Parliamentary precinct for over twenty years and opened to the public in 2008. Our final visit of the day is to the High Court of Australia Building. (Meal inclusions today – Breakfast & dinner in the hotel)
DAY 5 (BLD) MORE OF CANBERRA:
Thursday 21 September 2023
This morning we have an appointment at Cockington Green. This award winning attraction takes its name from the township of Cockington in Devon, an historic English Village, and is a one 12th scale reproduction of buildings and gardens in this English village - thatched cottages, a tiny church, the village green, an oats house in Kent, a riverside inn, castles and even Stonehenge. Lunch today is on Lake Burley Griffin. With Southern Cross Cruises we will enjoy a 1 hour sightseeing cruise. We have allocated the rest of the day to a visit to Tulip Top Gardens. The 10 acre garden of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. 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. Take the popular pathway past the rosemary field framed by unique blossom trees to a 70 metre high viewing platform for the perfect photo. (Meal inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the hotel/Light lunch at the Tulip Gardens)
DAY 6 (BLD) PARLIAMENT & MORE:
Friday 22 September 2023
Of course, Canberra is the seat of Government in Australia. Today we have planned a visit to the Museum of Australian Democracy (formerly Old Parliament House). The Museum of Australian Democracy made headlines for more than sixty years as home to Australia's Federal Parliament from 1927 to 1988. Today, this much-loved heritage building offers the visitor a unique glimpse into Australia's fascinating past. Next is a guided tour of Parliament House - home of Australia's Parliament and the meeting place of the nation. It’s located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra. Parliament House was opened on 9 May 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This afternoon, we visit Lanyon Homestead – a well preserved historic homestead. Set within superb pleasure gardens the property includes a range of outbuildings and is located within a landscape of great natural. On final visit of the day is to the National Arboretum Canberra. This 250-hectare arboretum was created after the area was burned out as a result of the Christmas 2001 and 2003 Canberra Bushfires. (Meal inclusions today – Breakfast & dinner in the hotel/Light lunch at Lanyon Station)
DAY 7 (BD) CANBERRA TO WANGARATTA:
Saturday 23 September 2023
Our Canberra visit has gone far too quickly!! However our trip home will be fun. We travel back through to Yass and Gundagai and spend a little time in Holbrook to explore the Submarine Museum (why is there a Submarine Museum in inland NSW?) and the National Museum of Australian Pottery which was established in 1995 - the only museum in Australia dedicated to 19th and 20th century Australian Pottery. (Meal inclusions today – Breakfast & dinner in the motel)
Quality Hotel Wangaratta – 1 night (PH: 03 5721 8399)
DAY 8 (B) HEADING HOME: Sunday 24 September 2023
It been a fun week. We have an easy drive home today with a number of stops along the way. (Meal inclusions today – Cooked breakfast in the motel)
$2580.00 per person twin/double share
$ 680.00 single supplement
• 7 nights hotel accommodation
• cooked breakfasts & 2 course dinners daily
• 6 lunches
• Entry to Tulip Top Gardens
• Museum of Australian Democracy
• High Court of Australia
• Parliament House
• Australian War Memorial
• National Museum of Australia
• Cockington Green Gardens
• 2023 Floriade Festival
• National Arboretum
• Lanyon Homestead
• Holbrook Submarine Museum
• National Museum of Australian Pottery
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