The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is a celebration of Australian lifestyle and our great outdoors. The world renowned Flower and Garden Show is now regarded as the largest and most successful horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere. The show features the best landscape and floral talent that Australia has to offer alongside an extensive array of garden retail products.
At the show you will see the creativity and passion of Australia’s top floral and landscape designers delivered in stunning displays as well as a strong environmental message for gardening in this climate. Coupled with an extensive array of garden and floral retail products from rare and unusual plants to your old favourites, gardening tools to outdoor furniture, water tanks to floral art plus many new and innovative ideas for your garden, this is certainly a ‘must see’ event.
- International Flower & Garden Show
- Melbourne’s signature lanes & Arcades
- Colonial Tram Car Restaurant
- Cloudhill Garden & Nursery
- Puffing Billy
- Cuckoo Restaurant
- 1st Class return Rail
|Price Person Twin Share||From Bathurst or Sydney|
|Senior and Pensioner||$1270|
|Pensioner Travel Voucher||$1250|
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Monday 27 March, 2017
Welcome to our very special 5 Day tour to Melbourne to experience The Melbourne International Flower Show. Depart Bathurst on the NSW TrainLink Coach to Cootamundra where we transfer to the XPT, (tour can be joined from any XPT stop from Sydney to Melbourne) sit back and enjoy the views while being whisked away to Melbourne. When we disembark from our train it is literally a two-minute walk to our accommodation where we settle in and enjoy dinner
Tuesday 28 March, 2017
This morning we meet up with our guides for our walking tour and learn about Melbourne from a local. On our tour of Melbourne’s signature lanes and arcades we learn about the independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales of Melbourne morning teas is included along the way. After the morning’s adventures we have the afternoon to ourselves. Relax over lunch at one of the newly discovered cafes or catch up on a little retail therapy. Maybe explore The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. We meet back at the hotel as this evening we join Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for the late 5 course dinner. The Tramcar offers diners an enjoyable perspective of Melbourne’s leafy boulevards and best attractions. This glossy, burgundy restaurant on wheels is the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world and ensures a delightful innovative approach to dining. As we cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, we will enjoy fine cuisine and the best of Australian wines. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor is as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect. Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history.
Wednesday 29 March, 2017
INTERNATIONAL FLOWER SHOW
Today is festival day! After breakfast we head off to the International Flower and Garden Show. This show is a hallmark event for Victoria and the most prestigious of its kind in Australia. Over 300 exhibits are “on show” representing horticulture, nurseries, landscape gardening, floristry and cut flowers together with their associated products and services. The show will simply take your breath away with the work of Australia’s leading floral designers creating exquisite feature displays. We have plenty of time to spend here today. In fact, the whole day is available for the show or after the show take a tram into the City to explore Melbourne’s famous shops. This evening is at leisure, giving us a chance to experience one of the many local restaurants.
Thursday 30 March, 2017
After breakfast we drive through Monbulk into the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. We stop at the lovely Cloudhill Garden & Nursery. Within Cloudhill there are various “segments” of gardens including the Maple Court; below this lies the Green Theatre, which is reminiscent of old Italian gardens. The stage is overshadowed by a tapestry wall of green and copper beech perfectly placed to aid acoustics. In summer, this area is used for twilight musical recitals. The Old Rose Walk is to one side of this last area, and leads to the Peony Pavilion. The formal garden areas are surrounded by woodlands of Beech, Maple, Rhododendron and Magnolia. These magnificent trees, imported from Japan and Europe, date to earliest days of the original Woolrich Nursery and are now of historic importance. After our garden exploration we will be hungry – and we will need to be, because lunch today will be something special! The Cuckoo Restaurant at Olinda, designed in the Bavarian Chalet Style, is simply stunning with exceptional food, hospitality and entertainment. We are then off to our next appointment at nearby Belgrave for the Puffing Billy Service to Emerald. Belgrave has always been a railway town since a narrow gauge line was opened in 1900 to help the local farmers bring their goods to the markets in Melbourne. In 1962 the railway was restored and the now famous Puffing Billy provides a great introduction to the area. Our coach will be waiting for us for the transfer back to the hotel.
Friday 31 March, 2017
Following breakfast, we make our way across the road to the Southern Cross Railway Station to board our XPT which departs at 8.30am, changing at Cootamundra returning to charter coach direct to Bathurst or continue on the XPT
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