Sue McDougallhas been passionate about plants and gardening from a very young age. She ran her own garden centre for 16 years and for over 22 years has been part of the gardening programs on 6PR. Sue also writes regular gardening columns for magazines, websites and newsletters and runs gardening workshops. Sue is once again looking forward to sharing her love of gardens with you.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Friday 28 October, 2022 Bowral
Tour members will travel to Sydney this morning. The coach will be ready for departure from Sydney Airport at 12.30pm. We will drive south to visit Red Cow Farm, a unique cool climate garden in the village of Sutton Forest. Developed around a cottage from the 1820s there are number of garden rooms; a cottage garden, a monastery garden, an abbess’s garden and many old fashioned roses and perennials. This evening we will come together for a Welcome Dinner to formally meet Sue Mc Dougall.
DAY 2 Saturday 29 October, 2022 Bowral
Today we will travel to Bundanoon for the Garden Ramble, which show cases the highest standard gardens in the area. The gardens chosen for the Ramble offer diversity in design, size and plantings. Gardens showcase the love and interpretation given to them by the owners. The owners will all be available and keen to speak to group members.
DAY 3 Sunday 30 October, 2022 Bowral
Today we will visit the Garden Ramble. Sue will help group members with answers to questions on plants and their suitability for growing in their gardens.
DAY 4 Monday 31 October, 2022 Bowral
Today we visit Redford Park, which dates back to a land grant in 1821. The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Horden as a rendered brick Italianate style residence. It is surrounded by a magnificent collection of evergreen and deciduous trees, some very rare and unique. On the eastern side of the property is a hedged garden. This afternoon we will visit the Southern Highlands Botanical Gardens, which has recently been developed and for a visit to Glenys Lillendal’s garden of three quarters of an acre. Glenys has travelled on many Travelrite International tours, where she has found inspiration for developing her garden.
DAY 5 Tuesday 1 November, 2022 Bathurst
We are in for a treat today as we travel to near Oberon for visit to Mayfield Garden, one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens, extending well over 160 acres. The garden began to take shape in the mid-1990’s. The stunning water garden extends over six acres and includes a spectacular stone and water featured garden filled with blue stone walls, man-made water features and carefully selected plants to delight the senses.
DAY 6 Wednesday 2 November, 2022 Bathurst
Today we first visit Highfields Garden, which incorporates Cloverhill rare plants. During our garden visit we will see many gorgeous rare plants and stunning perennial border plants, displayed in the garden. Many of them have been imported by David Kennedy, the owner, over many years. We continue with a visit to Hillandale, a magnificent rambling country garden, which features a fern lined spring creek, a woodland and a 120 metre long double herbaceous border. Many trees on the property are up to one hundred years old. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group. DAY 7 Thursday 3 November, 2022 Bathurst This morning we visit Coryu Japanese Garden, a Japanese inspired garden, which contains the most extensive range of maple varieties from around the world. The magnificent maples are planted around ponds, mini waterfalls, rockeries, stones and handmade bridges creating a gorgeous effect. This afternoon is free for individual activity in Bathurst.
DAY 8 Friday 4 November, 2022 Goulburn
Today we travel to Goulburn, where we visit Riversdale, a house in the early colonial Regency style built about 1840 and surrounded by splendid gardens. We will see many rare and unusual plants as Sue leads the group around the garden.
DAY 9 Saturday 5 November, 2022 Goulburn
Today we will first visit the Crookwell Garden Festival and the Garden Lovers Market, where there will be a chance to purchase a whole range of rare and unusual plants. We will continue with visits to several of the gorgeous cool climate gardens open for the Festival including the Edna Walling designed garden, Markdale. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 10 Sunday 6 November, 2022 Nowra
This morning we will visit one of the gorgeous cool climate gardens open for the Festival. Sue will help the group with plant identification. In the afternoon we travel to spectacular Bundanon. Purchased by Arthur Boyd in 1979, it was presented to the nation in 1993. Bundanon is a beautiful property situated on the Shoalhaven River and has been immortalised in the works of Sydney Nolan and Arthur Boyd. We will enjoy a guided tour of the homestead and Arthur Boyd’s studio.
DAY 11 Monday 7 November, 2022 Canberra
This morning we visit the Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Garden. The garden has a fantastic fernery, a bush tucker garden and a lot of variety in the plant selection. On arrival in Canberra we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the National Capital of Australia, Canberra. Following an international competition, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s design plans were decided upon for the Australian capital. Construction was started in 1913 using their plans. After the Second World War, expansion really began. On our tour we will see Parliament House, the War Memorial and more.
DAY 12 Tuesday 8 November, 2022 Canberra
This morning we will visit the National Botanic Gardens. The Gardens boast around 75,000 plants from over 6,000 species. That’s nearly a third of Australia’s known native plant species. Most of the plants are grouped by their geographic origin, botanical family or the ways they are used by Indigenous Australians. Sue will point out the most interesting areas to visit. In the afternoon, we visit a highly regarded private garden with a number of garden rooms, a fountain and pool.
DAY 13 Wednesday 9 November, 2022 Canberra
This morning we visit the National Arboretum. Some of the highlights include the Canberra discovery garden, which explores Canberra’s unique climate, soils and geology and the National Bonsai and Penjing collection housing the finest miniature trees in Australia. There will be free time to explore the Arboretum and to have lunch before continuing to visit Cockington Green, which displays meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. In the evening we will come together for a Farewell Dinner to say goodbye to our group and Sue.
DAY 14 Thursday 10 November , 2022 Home
We will travel to the airport mid-morning. Do not book a flight before 11.00 am. Some tour members might like to stay on in Canberra to visit some of the wonderful museums.
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Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser.
Deposit and Payment: A deposit of $500 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 60 days before departure for the Queensland Garden Tour and for the Garden Exploration of NSW and Canberra. Cancellation over 60 days before tour departs the deposit is refundable. Cancellation under 60 days before tour departs will result in a loss of all monies paid. Payment may be made by cheque or cash a 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payments made by credit cards.
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“The whole tour was wonderful and the group was a good mix of personality. The gardens visited were interesting and varied.”
“Very enjoyable. Good mix of people in the group.”