Gardens of New England NSW
- Duration: 15 Days (approx.)
- Location: Sydney
- Product code: NE21
DAY 1 WED 27 OCT
HOME TO ARMIDALE
Meet your Ross Tour Leader at Central Station. Board your coach to Armidale. Our journey north follows the Bucketts Way through the picturesque Barrington Coast hinterland. Afternoon arrival in Armidale. Dinner is included tonight at the Powerhouse Hotel.
DAY 2 THU 28 OCT
PRIVATE GARDENS OF ARMIDALE
Meet Aussie plant expert Maria Hitchcock for a walk through her garden. Learn how to use indigenous plants in cooking with plenty of bushfood growing tips. Lunch at the heritage listed Saumarez Homestead, an Edwardian mansion with a Jocelyn Brown-style cottage garden, picking garden and heritage rose garden.
DAY 3 FRI 29 OCT
Join our local guide for a history tour of Armidale finishing at the New England Regional Art Museum. Later is the lovely town garden of Eynsford. This gracious blue brick residence is home to one of Armidale’s best historical gardens with a potager and extensive collections of roses, camellias and peonies.
DAY 4 SAT 30 OCT
ARMIDALE TO TENTERFIELD VIA GUYRA GARDENS
Make our way across verdant ‘high country’ to Tenterfield. First is Robyn Jackson’s Kooralbyn for morning tea.
Historic Ollera Station, settled in 1838 and still in family hands with its own church, cemetery, general store, blacksmith shop and restored slab huts. Lunch at Ollera’s sister property Cabarfeidh. Continue onto Tenterfeld and our hotel, The Henry Parkes Tenterfield. Dinner included tonight.
DAY 5 SUN 31 OCT
Stroll the streets of this historic town this morning, stopping to meet Mandy Reid at her gorgeous White Cottage Flower Farm. Lunch is a special treat at the Rosenhof German Café, situated in a vast Carolyn Robinson designed garden and located within a renovated 1858 heritage listed building. Afternoon drinks at Carolyn Robinson’s famous private garden Eagles Bluﬀ.
DAY 6 MON 1 NOV
Our much awaited visit to Glenrock Gardens. Designed by Carolyn Robinson, Glenrock Gardens is an award winning country garden designed in the English style with dry stone rock walls throughout surrounded and interspersed with bushland. ‘Re-enactment’ Dinner tonight in the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts.
DAY 7 TUE 2 NOV
TENTERFIELD TO TAMWORTH
Farewell Tenterfield and head south to Uralla village, a treasure trove of heritage listed buildings, several dating from the 1860’s when ‘gentleman bushranger’ Captain Thunderbolt ruled the local highways. Travel on to Tamworth.
DAY 8 WED 3 NOV
On the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range is Walcha, the oldest settlement in New England, with a rich history and thriving arts community showcased by an impressive outdoor sculpture display. Here we visit two beautiful country gardens with gracious hospitality. Then it’s time to stroll the streets and take in these amazing outdoor sculptures and artworks.
DAY 9 THU 4 NOV
TAMWORTH TO HUNTER VALLEY
A surprise garden visit in Tamworth this morning before we wind our way south through rolling green hills of the Upper Hunter. A cellar door stop at a prestigious Pokolbin winery before checking into the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens. Farewell dinner together tonight at our hotel.
DAY 10 FRI 5 NOV
HUNTER VALLEY TO HOME
Hunter Valley Gardens today. Ten individually themed gardens showcase the artistry of gardens around the world and use both native and exotic varieties of plants. We’ll take the train through the gardens then free time to wander. After lunch travel home to Sydney.