Enjoy the wonder of spring flowers at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival held in Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges Wander through the brilliant display of five acres of tulips. During the tour, you will also visit Cloudehill Garden & Nursery and the National Rhododendron Garden which is now called the Dandenong Botanical Gardens. You will ride the Puffing Billy Train and enjoy lunch in a Bavarian Style Chalet. But that’s not al, you will spend a day touring the Mornington Peninsula and the sights and tastes of the Yarra Valley.
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home and transferred to the airport in a private vehicle. Meet your fellow travellers and Kings Tour Manager then fly to Melbourne. On arrival we are transferred through to our hotel where we settle in and enjoy our first group dinner.
Hotel: Canterbury International, Forest Hill for 5 nights (Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs)
This morning we visit two gardens – Cloudhill Garden and Nursery and the National Rhododendron Garden which is now called the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden. From here we head to the Cuckoo Restaurant at Olinda for lunch, designed in the Bavarian Chalet Style with exceptional food, hospitality and entertainment. After lunch we head to Belgrave and embark on the Puffing Billy Steam Train to Emerald. On arrival our coach will be waiting to transfer us back to the hotel to complete a sensational day.
We have planned a full day at the Tulip Festival today (final program to be confirmed) where we will experience a display of over 500,000 tulips in more than 100 varieties. Sculptures by some of Australia’s top artists are displayed among the flower beds. Throughout the duration of the festival, there will be events that focus on specific aspects of the history of the tulip set amongst beautiful scenery. Don’t miss the giant clog, which you can sit in for a photo to take home! To complete our touring this afternoon we visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
We have planned a wonderful day with our first visit to Cruden Farm. The venue is more than eighty years in the making and the heart of a working farm. This is actually the garden of Elisabeth Murdoch’s personal farm and is a small piece of country set amid dense suburbia. Next we arrive at the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens for a visit and lunch break. From here we travel to Arthurs Seat – the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula. On a clear day the view extends as far as the city skyline, the You Yang Mountain Ranges and Mount Macedon. We board the state of the art Arthurs Seat Eagle Chairlift and take the gondola journey, as we travel over state forest making our way to the bottom. Our coach will be waiting for us and from here we head to Tyabb at the famous Tyabb Packing House Antiques Centre.
Today we head into the Yarra Valley. First up we head to Rayners Orchard where we take an Orchard Fruit Adventure Tour around the farm with a guide explaining the characteristics of the trees and their fruit. We will have a tasting to sample how good the produce really is, as well as have some morning tea. From here we travel through Coldstream where we visit Coombe Yarra Valley – it is one of the largest and oldest family estates in the Yarra Valley. The Coombe Cottage property includes seven acres of historic, landscaped gardens and today we take a tour of the gardens and enjoy a lovely lunch. We have a short drive into The Yarra Valley and in Yarra Glen we visit Alowyn Gardens. Here we will have an informative and educational experience for anyone interested not only in gardening, but also the enjoyment of a beautiful garden.
What a colourful trip we have had. With our cases full of tips for our gardens at home, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to Perth. On arrival we are transferred home with many wonderful memories of our holiday with friends.