Victoria in Spring

Victoria in Spring
From AUD $4,395.00
  • Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Melborne , VIC
  • Product code: VIC220

Discover Victoria’s finest country gardens at the peak of Spring
bloom. Meet the master gardeners behind garden gates. See old favourites and
exciting new discoveries. Be guided around David Glenn’s Lambley, Stuart
Rattle’s Musk Farm, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm and Digger’s Garden of
St Erth.

DAY 1    MON 9 NOV

Home to Flinders (L, D)

Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for
your Qantas flight to Melbourne. We'll head off to Cranbourne Botanic Gardens,
a showcase of Australian flora that will give us a whole new appreciation of
our unique Aussie plants, all designed with contemporary flair. Then we're off
to the Mornington Peninsula to check into the stylish Flinders Hotel for four
nights. Welcome dinner included tonight.

Hotel: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 2    TUE 10 NOV

Diggers Club Heronswood (B, L)

Begin our day at a garden designed by Fiona Brockhoff.
Travel onto Heronswood in Dromana, home of the Diggers Club. Lunch included
today at Heronswood "Fork to Fork" restaurant celebrating their
homegrown, organic produce. Then a walk around its famous suite of gardens with
interesting planting combinations of heirloom vegetables and perennials.

Hotel: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 3    WED 11 NOV

Picardy & Broughton Hall (B, D)

Our first garden is a romantic one, designed by Francophiles
Marian and Bryce Somes. Parterre beds are crammed with roses, perennials and
annuals. Crab apple and dogwood walks lead to rambling gardens and more roses.
At the back, a small, gravel-floored terrace is encircled by lavender. Next is
David Musker’s Broughton Hall, a formal garden that sits comfortably on a hill
overlooking the Tarago Reservoir. David will show us through his garden that
nestles into a grand landscape. We’ll stay for dinner and a twilight stroll
through this garden of intimate spaces, grand vistas and abundant planting of
good combinations of foliage, texture and colour.

Hotel: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 4    THU 12 NOV

Cruden Farm (B, L)

Cruden Farm, one of Australia's most iconic and beautiful
country gardens is our glorious destination today. The garden of the late Dame
Elisabeth Murdoch, who arrived as a young bride 80 years ago. Dame Elisabeth
loved this garden that she designed and planted all those years ago; the lake,
the borders, picking garden, shrub walks and the famous avenue of lemon-scented
gums that leads to the house.

Hotel: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

DAY 5    FRI 13 NOV

Flinders to Ballarat (B, L)

Travel onto Ballarat, one of the most famous gold-mining
towns in Australia. Lunch is included today by the shores of Lake Wendouree.
Then we'll discover the "City built by Gold", on an afternoon walking
tour, exploring historic downtown Ballarat. Check into the legendary Craig’s
Royal Hotel, Ballarat for three nights. A true icon of the Victorian period.

Hotel: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 6    SAT 14 NOV

Lambley & Ceres Homestead (B, L)

Our first garden today is one of Australia's finest -
Burnside, the garden of David Glenn at Lambley Nursery. David will show us this
masterful garden, always filled with bees, butterflies and birds, and he'll
teach us about dry climate gardening. It's magical! Lunch is included today at
the historic and romantic, Ceres Homestead in Learmonth. Built in 1864 by
Thomas Bath, the first licensee on the Ballarat goldfields. New life has been
breathed into this charming old home and we'll tour the house, outbuildings and

Hotel: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 7    SUN 15 NOV

Daylesford (B, D)

This morning we'll travel to Daylesford and explore the
Sunday Market, one of the largest regional markets in Victoria. Afternoon visit
to the magical Musk Farm; a work of art and a great Australian legacy. Find out
why this garden is a labour of love created by the late society
interior-designer Stuart Rattle who purchased the dilapidated Musk schoolhouse
and surrounding grounds in 1998. A sanctuary where Rattle could freely express
his great sense of style. Farewell dinner included tonight.

Hotel: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

DAY 8    MON 16 NOV

Ballarat to Home (B, L)

On our way to Tullamarine for our homeward
flight, we will stop at The Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden, the only
complete collection in Australia, of the surviving roses of the great
Australian rose breeder, Alister Clark. He released 122 new varieties of roses
between 1912 and his death in 1949. Some of his famous roses were Lorraine Lee,
Blackboy and Nancy Hayward. Lunch included today at Living Legends, where you
can meet and mingle with retired champion racehorses, and visit the historic
homestead and gardens. Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight.