Australian Botanical Discovery

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Australian Botanical Discovery
Perth to Melbourne
Duration: 16 days
Tour code: BTUKAU16

Highlights

  • Learn about the Australian plants and gardens you are visiting from your Botanical Guide
  • See the indigenous wildflowers of WA at Kings Park in full spring flowering
  • Enjoy a cruise on the pretty Swan River to historic Fremantle
  • Explore Sydney and enjoy a dinner cruise on this renowned Harbour
  • Tour Sydney Botanic Gardens and the famous Opera House
  • Visit cool climate private gardens of the Blue Mountains
  • Visit tropical Cairns and the Kuranda Highlands
  • Cruise to the spectacular World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef
  • Spend time in the Daintree Rainforest
  • Visit the Botanical Ark and meet the owners
  • Explore Melbourne and surrounds
  • See the Grampians National Park with indigenous flora
  • Visit private country gardens and meet the owners including a garden designed by
  • Chelsea Flower Show ‘Best in Show’ Winner
  • Travel the picturesque Great Ocean Road

Led by a knowledgeable botanical guide, visit private gardens and homesteads, exploring Australia’s iconic flora. Dive into the underwater garden of the Great Barrier Reef and sift through the gold-mining history of rural towns on this charming discovery.

What's included?

  • Services of a Botanical Guide and local guides in selected locations throughout, and experienced Coach Captains
  • Australian airport transfers on first and last day
  • Touring and inclusions as per the itinerary
  • Good quality 4 and 4.5 star, centrally located accommodation
  • All internal flights within Australia (economy)
  • 27 Meals – 15 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 9 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle

Accommodation

Hotels offering superior comfort

Room types available
  • Twin - 2 Adults, 2 Beds
  • Single - 1 Adult, 1 Bed
  • Double - 2 Adults, 1 Beds

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Perth
Arrive into the city of Perth and be transferred to your hotel for a welcome dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights: Perth, Novotel Langley or similar

Meals: dinner

Day 2
Perth Sightseeing, Wildflowers and Private Garden
Today take a city tour of Perth, including Kings Park with 400 hectares of delightful gardens with more than 1,700 native species many of which will be in spring bloom. Take a cruise on the beautiful Swan River to Fremantle and enjoy time to explore this historic part of Western Australia before visiting a private garden this afternoon.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Perth to Sydney
Fly to the spectacular city of Sydney today. Enjoy some free time to relax and explore this cosmopolitan city.

Stay: Three Nights: Sydney, Amora Hotel Jamison or similar

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Sydney Gardens and Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the scenic Sydney Botanic Gardens, set on the famous Sydney Harbour. Afterwards, visit the Sydney Opera House before boarding a private cruise on Sydney Harbour for dinner this evening.

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 5
Gardens and The Blue Mountains
Travel out of Sydney to the Blue Mountains and see the famous Three Sisters. We will then visit a private garden before exploring Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, before arriving back into Sydney this evening.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Fly to Cairns
This morning fly north to Cairns in Far North Queensland. Visit a private garden and the Cairns Botanical Gardens with its rainforest boardwalk.

Stay: Two Nights: Cairns, Pullman International or similar

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Great Barrier Reef – Underwater Gardens
Enjoy a full day cruise to the world heritage listed, Great Barrier Reef. Spend time exploring the reef by glass bottomed boat or by snorkel and enjoy a buffet lunch on board the floating pontoon.

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 8
Kuranda Highlands and Tropical Landscapes
Catch the Skyrail up to the rainforest town of Kuranda. Enjoy free time to explore the markets, Barron Gorge National Park and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary before taking the iconic Scenic Railway back to Freshwater. Travel north to spend two nights at the beautiful and unique Silky Oaks Lodge, set in the tree tops of the rainforest.

Stay: Two Nights: Mossman, Silky Oaks Lodge or similar

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 9
Botanical Ark and Indigenous Culture
Exclusive visit to the highly renowned and privately owned Botanical Ark, famous for its amazing collection of rare plants from around the world. Also visit the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge and enjoy a tour with local Kuku Yalangi guides on the indigenous history of the area.

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 10
Fly to Melbourne
This morning we make our way back down to Cairns, where we board our flight to Melbourne. Settle into your hotel in the heart of Melbourne before enjoying dinner this evening.

Stay: Three Nights: Melbourne, Marriott Hotel or similar

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 11
The Australian Garden
Travel out of Melbourne to the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens with its exciting Australian Garden show casing Australian plants and horticulture. Free time this afternoon to explore Melbourne’s laneways and street art.

Meals: breakfast

Day 12
The Dandenong Ranges, Bush Art and Private Garden
Visit The Dandenongs with its quaint mountain top villages and tree clad ranges and enjoy a stop at Sky High look out with sweeping views of Melbourne, before visiting the fascinating William Ricketts Sanctuary with its bush art sculptures. Visit a private garden designed by Chelsea Flower Show ‘Best in Show’ winner, Phillip Johnson. This evening dinner is on the famous Melbourne tramcar restaurant.

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 13
Goldfields and Grampians Flora
Depart Melbourne and travel through the historic gold mining town of Ballarat. Visit a private garden and continue to the Grampians driving from Halls Gap to Dunkeld enjoying the Australian native flora and spectacular vistas.

Stay: Two Nights: Dunkeld, Royal Mail Hotel renowned as a gourmet food destination

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 14
Australian Homesteads and Private Gardens
Enjoy the scenic rural views of the fertile Western District and visit three private country gardens including the family home of Botanica Founder, Judy Vanrenen where you can hear about sheep farming and the perils of country gardening in the harsh Australian climate.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 15
The Great Ocean Road Coastal Landscapes
Travel along the world famous Great Ocean Road with its picturesque coastal views, stopping at the Twelve Apostles and travelling through the lush Otway National Park to the seaside town of Lorne.

Stay: Lorne, Mantra Hotel or similar

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 16
Geelong Gardens, Depart Melbourne
This morning, explore Geelong Botanic Gardens with a dry climate garden before making our way to Melbourne and the Marriott Hotel in the heart of central Melbourne for those who wish to stay longer in Melbourne. Those flying from Melbourne will be transferred to the Melbourne airport by 3.30pm for your flight home.

Meals: breakfast

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