Sunday February 10, 2019
This afternoon we board Queen Elizabeth for our garden cruise to Kangaroo Island. Meet Jane on deck to enjoy spectacular views as we cruise Port Phillip Bay and out through the heads.
Monday February 11, 2019
The morning will be free to explore the ship. In the afternoon, join Jane Edmanson for a game of Garden Trivial Pursuit. We will divide the group into teams to compete in answering garden questions. This is a great way to meet your fellow group members and there will be prizes for the winners. We will enjoy a drinks party this evening to formally meet Jane Edmanson and other tour members.
Tuesday February 12, 2019
After disembarking in the morning at Kangaroo Island, we travel by coach to the Lathami Conservation Park, an immense shrubland and breeding sanctuary for the Glossy Black Cockatoo, a rare bird found only on this island. Afterwards we will visit the Stokes Bay Bush Garden, home to over 150 species of plants unique to Kangaroo Island. The garden spans more than 3 hectares, and features a wide variety of plants including Dryandras, Orchids, and Grevilleas. The afternoon brings us to the southern coast of the island, where we will have a tour of Seal Bay, viewing the Sea Lion colony and learning about their habitats before returning to the port early evening.
Wednesday February 13, 2019
We dock in Adelaide today, a gracious city, where the early settlers built attractive stone buildings. The city has a superb setting surrounded by green parkland. We will enjoy a panoramic tour of Adelaide. We will see the art gallery, museum, state library, university and the casino. We continue on to visit the Adelaide Botanic Garden. We will have a guided tour of the restored Victorian Palm House and the National Rose Trial Garden as well as the International Rose Garden. There should be a gorgeous display of roses at this time of year. This afternoon we will visit Carrick Hill, built 62 years ago. We will enjoy a guide tour of the house. The interior is 400 years old and was shipped from England. The house contains many wonderful antiques. The gardens feature a large assortment of roses including important collections of old fashioned roses and Australian roses. Jane will escort us around the garden.
Thursday February 14, 2019
We have a free day at sea today to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship. In the afternoon Jane Edmanson will give a talk on her career in horticulture and the media, and answer any questions you might have.
Friday February 15, 2019
We dock in Hobart this morning. We will have a guided tour of Hobart before visiting the ‘Patch’ at the Hobart Botanical Garden, an inspiring example of an urban community garden that was first started in 1995. This afternoon we visit Corinda, an enchanting inner-city garden positioned around a beautifully restored Victorian house. Since the early nineties Wilmar Bouman and Matthew Ryan have recreated the garden of a century-old property. A pleached linden tree walk in the shape of a U, under planted with clipped box hedges, frames the garden. Flower-packed perennial beds overflow with colour, contrasting with an intricate, stylised parterre and a profusion of hostas, lilies and other shade-lovers under mature trees. We return to the ship for an evening at leisure.
Saturday February 16, 2019
Today you are free to enjoy some of the many activities available aboard Queen Elizabeth. Why not enjoy a spa or massage in the Wellness Centre, take a relaxing swim, an exercise class at the gym or play quoits or shuttle board.
Sunday February 17, 2019
This morning we arrive back into Melbourne.