- FLORIADE, CANBERRA
- 23-30 September 2016
- 8 days/7 nights
Visit the nation’s capital, travelling through Tamworth and Yass before arriving for sightseeing, shopping, and of course, the Spring Floriade.
You’ll visit Floriade Commonwealth Park, Tulip Top Gardens Sutton Forest, the Australian War Memorial, Australian Institute of Sport, and the National Museum of Australia. See the National Capital Exhibition, have a fabulous time on a cruise around Lake Burley-Griffin, visit and tour Parliament House, Old Parliament House and Gardens. You’ll also visit The Royal Australian Mint, the National Gallery of Australia – home of the famous Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock.
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Day 1 – Friday 23 September
Lismore – Tamworth
We have an early start for our first day on tour as we head south to the Australian Capital Territory where we will enjoy the splendour of the Canberra Floriade. We’ll travel west on the Bruxner and New England Highways for our overnight stop at Tamworth. We enjoy our first night together with dinner in our motel restaurant.
Accommodation: McNevins, Tamworth
Day 2 – Saturday 24 September
Tamworth – Yass
This morning we pack our bags, board our Coach and take in the sights as we travel south through the picturesque Central West towns of Dunedoo, Wellington and Cowra. Our overnight stop is in Yass.
Accommodation: Thunderbird Motel, Yass
Day 3 – Sunday 25 September
Yass – Canberra
Our first stop today is the beautiful Tulip Top Gardens, with 10acres of tulips and spring flowers in a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley.
We then head into the ACT passing Lake George, Australia’s largest freshwater lake and wildlife refuge. This lake holds its place in local folklore with many interesting stories, including those of mysterious disappearances of the lake’s water (and occasionally its visitors!).
On arrival in Canberra, we visit Government House at Yarralumla, home to Australia’s Governors-General since 1927. We may even be lucky enough to meet our current Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove.
After a tasty picnic lunch we head to the Australian War Memorial where we can enjoy the new ANZAC Hall, visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, inspect the Roll of Honour and see how this world class museum has incorporated state of the art display techniques to emphasise stories of personal sacrifice. Each of the galleries contains relics, artworks and personal items covering Australia’s involvement from the colonial period to the modern era of peacekeeping.
Following such a busy day, we check into our motel with time to freshen up before enjoying dinner together in our motel restaurant.
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Garden City, Narrabundah (4 nights)
Day 4 – Monday 26 September
Canberra Floriade and Lake Cruise
First we visit the National Capital Exhibition where we view interactive displays that tell the story of Canberra and illustrate its vital role as a symbol of Federation and features people, events, history and the design of this unique and fully planned capital City. Then it’s just a short walk to Commonwealth Park to view the spectacular Canberra Spring Floriade where the colours and floral displays are truly amazing.
The Floriade Village provides us with crafts, gourmet foods, fashion, jewellery and garden gifts creating a friendly carnival atmosphere. Admire the thousands of tulips, take a stroll to the Camellia Walk and the Rhododendron Glade as these features are splendid in spring.
This afternoon we board the MV Southern Cross for a wonderful cruise around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin – this is the perfect way to see most of the major buildings, beautiful parks and the foreshore areas of the Parliamentary Triangle. An informative commentary given by our Captain provides an insight into the history, culture and ecology of the National Capital.
After our spectacular day, we head back to our accommodation to relax and enjoy dinner in the restaurant.
Day 5 – Tuesday 27 September
This morning after breakfast we visit the Australian Institute of Sport where an elite athlete will guide us around the world class sports facility and perhaps catch a glimpse of our athletes in training.
Then we visit the National Museum of Australia which uses modern technology to explore Australia’s past, present and future.
We then visit the Gold Creek Village which centres around an historic schoolhouse and residence with time to browse around the art and craft gallery, and the shops that feature leather, pottery, country-style homewares, clothing, specialty gifts, food and cafes. Here we can purchase some lunch. You might also like to visit Cockington Green where you will be captivated by the miniature replicas of a complete English village set in a spectacular garden and floral display (extra cost) or stroll through the Canberra Walk-in Aviary where the friendly birds can be observed, photographed and fed (extra cost).
This afternoon you can choose to return to the motel for a well-earned rest or enjoy a bit of retail therapy at Canberra Outlet Centre.
Day 6 – Wednesday 28 September
Our next stop is Australian Parliament House for a guided tour through the chambers and behind the scenes (please have photo ID).
Next stop is the Royal Australian Mint, the sole supplier of Australia’s circulating coinage. Through floor to ceiling windows you can get a bird’s-eye-view of coins being made and see one of the world’s strongest robots at work.
Following this we head to our original Parliament House to experience the history, revisiting the dramatic events which moulded our Nation following Federation in 1901. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a tour of the beautiful Rose Gardens of Old Parliament House.
A visit to Canberra is not complete without a visit to the National Gallery. View the controversial Blue Poles by artist Jackson Pollack which was purchased by the Government for $2,000,000 in 1973 and is now considered priceless.
Over dinner at our motel we can reminisce about our 4 wonderful days in our Nation’s capital.
Day 7 – Thursday 29 September
Canberra – Bulahdelah
Today we pack our bags and begin our trip home. We stop for morning tea and lunch and have a relaxing dinner at our accommodation.
Accommodation: Bulahdelah Motel
Day 8 – Friday 30 September
Bulahdelah – Lismore
This morning we begin the journey home with time for morning tea and lunch along the way. We relax on the coach whilst we enjoy the last leg of our journey home after our historical and colourful week around Canberra and NSW.
- 23-30 September 2016
- 8 days/7 nights
- 7 nights quality motel accommodation.
- Entry to: Tulip Top Gardens, Government House, Floriade, Lake Cruise, National Museum, National Gallery, Corbett Gardens
- Tours: AIS, Parliament House, Old Parliament House and Rose Gardens, The Mint, Australian War Memorial, National Capital Exhibition.
- Luxury air-conditioned coach travel.
- Commentary by our experienced coach captain.
- $1,850.00 per person twin share
- $590.00 extra per person for sole use of room
- A deposit of $200.00 per person is required within 7 days of booking.
- Final payment due 19 August 2016.
If booking as a single, single supplement will be charged.
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