Inside Sydney

Inside Sydney
From AUD $2,695.00
  • Duration: 6 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Beecroft, NSW
  • Product code: SYD20

DAY 1  MON 2 nov

Sydney Botanic Gardens (D)

Meet your Ross Tours Leader on arrival at Sydney airport. Transfer to the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, your home for 5 nights overlooking the sparkling waters at Circular Quay. Close to The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the harbour, this hotel is in an ideal location for us to explore Sydney. Check into your room and relax before taking an easy stroll to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the nation’s oldest botanic garden. Meet expert guide Paul Nicholson who takes us on a walking tour exploring the heritage and plant diversity of this stunning urban harbourside botanic garden. Welcome dinner tonight at the hotel.

DAY 2  tue 3 nov

southern highlands (B)

Explore one of Sydney’s favourite getaway destinations - the Southern Highlands. Your first stop is Red Cow Farm, an exquisite garden crafted by consummate plantsman, Ali Mentesh. Divided into 20 garden rooms, Red Cow Farm features a Monastery Garden, Abbess’ Garden, Woodland, Beech Walk, Lake, Bog Garden, Orchard and Kitchen Garden. Ali’s plant knowledge is unsurpassed and his gardens are filled with unusual varieties artistically combined to create beauty and seclusion at every turn. Bowral, the largest, most diverse Southern Highlands village is the perfect spot to discover local boutiques, cafes and bakeries. This afternoon meet another exceptional plantsman with a very different style. Les Musgrave’s garden The Kaya demonstrates how stunning a low water garden can be with the correct design and plant selection. Les shares his planty know-how during our private tour through his garden. Visit Elaine Musgrave’s dreamy botanical art studio. Enjoy a Melbourne Cup afternoon tea in the garden!

DAY 3  wed 4 nov

sydney harbour (B)

Today - two Sydney treats: a visit to the Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park and a Jacaranda Harbour Cruise with Graham Ross! Transformed from a former shipping container terminal into a sprawling green space, Barangaroo Reserve is a triumph in sustainable urban renewal, winning awards and setting new design standards. This morning an Aboriginal Cultural Tour immerses you in the history of Sydney Harbour, the importance of the land to Australia’s Aboriginal heritage and its significance to the clans of the Eora Nation that once lived where Sydney now stands. Walk to nearby King Street Wharf and board our Jacaranda Cruise. See the most beautiful harbour in the world with breathtaking jacarandas in full flower whilst hearing stories about Sydney’s early days on the waterfront from Graham Ross.    

DAY 4  thu 5 nov

eastern suburbs (B/L)

Explore the leafy Eastern Suburbs, starting with Paddington Reservoir Gardens. Hailed as a blend of the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Reservoir is an award winning hidden gem few Sydney siders even know exists. At Vaucluse House, one of Sydney’s few surviving 19th-century mansions still surrounded by original gardens and wooded grounds, you’ll get a glimpse into the colony’s early grandeur. Owned by explorer William Charles Wentworth, Vaucluse House was once a huge estate covering nearly all of Vaucluse. Today, 26 acres of restored gardens, paddocks, bushland and beach frontage make this property a treasure to visit. Tour the house then enjoy lunch overlooking the lush gardens and harbour. Hidden away in Bronte is one of the city’s most beautiful private gardens, historic Bronte House. Here, you take an exclusive private garden tour with the current custodian. Walk down the hill to Bronte Beach for breathtaking views on the clifftop Coastal Walk to Bondi Beach.

DAY 5  fri 6 nov

north shore (B/L/D)

Cross the Harbour Bridge for a day on the picturesque North Shore. First stop is Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay. With pristine views of the harbour and hidden in the shadows of office towers and highways, this little garden is a slice of paradise created by Wendy Whiteley (wife of the late Australian artist, Brett Whiteley) and her gardeners. In nearby Neutral Bay is Nutcote, the garden of another iconic Australian woman, Cecilia May Gibbs. One of Australia’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators, May Gibbs is best known today for “The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”. The delightful cottage garden was a constant source of inspiration for May Gibbs’ stories. Morning tea overlooking her garden then a tour of the BJ Waterhouse designed house. Continue to North Head for lunch and spectacular views of South Head, Sydney Harbour and city skyline. On the drive into Manly, notice the iconic Norfolk Pines. Ferry ride back to Circular Quay. Farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.

DAY 6  sat 7 nov

depart sydney (B)

There’s one last treat in store - a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. This fascinating tour takes you under the famous sails to discover the stories, people and history of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. Depart for the airport early afternoon.