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Floriade and The Festival of Flowers

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

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Festival & Event
Festivals and Events

Tour summary

EARLY BIRD DEAL! - Save $300 per couple or $150 Single for SEP/OCT 2022 tours. Book by 30June 2022. Terms and conditions apply.

See beautiful NSW in springtime bloom as we travel from Brisbane through Port Macquarie to Bowral then on to Canberra returning via the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Armidale. Visit Corbett Gardens, Tulip Top Gardens, Cockington Green, Cowra's Japanese Garden, Darley Stud, the Glen Innes Standing Stones and Australia's largest flower festival showcasing a million flowers in bloom, Canberra Floriade.

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
10
days
Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
Departure dates:

21 September 2022 -Gold Class 28 September 2022 - Gold Class 4 October 2022 - Diamond Class

Coach classes:
Diamond
Diamond
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
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Floriade and The Festival of Flowers

Tour pricing

Twin Share (Diamond Class)
Diamond
Diamond
$
4625
pp
Sole Use (Diamond Class)
Diamond
Diamond
$
6010
pp
Twin Share (Gold Class)
Gold
Gold
$
3975
pp
Sole Use (Gold Class)
Gold
Gold
$
5175
pp
Deposit:
$600pp
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
Save $20pp Twin Share or $40 Sole Use
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

‘Diamond Class’ Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests.
DEPOSIT

$600pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.  
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that maybe imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

2 additional days (TOTAL 12 DAY TOUR)

  • Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional nights room only (1 night pre and 1 night post tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane
  • Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station

Plus $880pp Twin Share

Plus $1090 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

Tour inclusions

  • Choice of opulent 'Diamond Class' or luxury 'Gold Class' coach travel
  • 1 night Port Macquarie
  • 2 nights Bowral; Corbett Gardens
  • Fitzroy Falls; Kangaroo Valley; Bradman Museum
  • Tulip Top & Cockington Green Gardens
  • 3 nights Canberra; Embassy drive tour
  • National Arboretum
  • Floriade; War Memorial; Parliament House
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens guided tour; Mount Ainslie lookout
  • Cowra Japanese Gardens
  • 1 night Blue Mountains
  • 1 night Hunter Valley with gardens train tour
  • Upper Hunter thoroughbred stud tour
  • Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth
  • 1 night Armidale
  • 27 meals
  • ‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)

Additional information

Our ‘Diamond Class’ Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests.

‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Rail
Rail
Heritage
Heritage
Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Local guide
Local guide
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Brisbane - Port Macquarie

Coach
Coach

Departing on one of our opulent 'Diamond Class' or luxury 'Gold Class' coaches from the Brisbane CBD, we travel south for lunch. Our afternoon takes us through Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie where we stay overnight.

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Bowral

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This morning we leave Port Macquarie, take a break at Bulahdelah, then continue to Gosford for lunch. Travelling through Sydney’s western suburbs we head up in to the Southern Highlands.

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Bowral

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Local guide

Today we visit Corbett Gardens, displaying a huge array of tulips, as well as other bright and vibrant springtime bulbs, followed by a guided tour of the Bradman Museum. Enjoy a casual lunch before our afternoon takes us to Fitzroy Falls, situated at the head of the escarpment leading down to the tranquil Kangaroo Valley.

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Day

4

Canberra

Heritage
Heritage
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Eco experience

Travelling via Goulburn, we arrive at Tulip Top Gardens, offering 10 acres of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creating a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse. Our afternoon takes us to Cockington Green Gardens, showcasing a delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Before checking-in at our hotel, we take a drive up to Mount Ainslie lookout for magnificent views over Canberra.

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Hotel Realm, Canberra
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5

Canberra

Heritage
Heritage
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Eco experience
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Walking component
Local guide
Local guide
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Festival & Event

We start our day taking a drive-by tour of Canberra's International Embassies and High Commissions en-route to Canberra's iconic event Floriade. Showcasing one million flowers in bloom throughout springtime, it is the biggest flower festival in Australia. At 2pm we visit the War Memorial, touring through the Hall of Memory, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour, finishing with a moving closing ceremony.

 **Lunch is at your own expense today.

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6

Canberra

Heritage
Heritage
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Eco experience
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Walking component
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Local guide
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GGP

We start our day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, taking a walk with a knowledgeable guide, to appreciate the beauty and clever adaptations of Australian plants, and the research and effort involved in creating and maintaining the gardens. Next we take a guided tour of the National Arboretum to explore the forests of endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. After breaking for lunch, our day's touring takes us to Parliament House. Here we have access to the Chambers and historic documents like Magna Carta. The unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one of Australia’s most significant and popular cultural attractions.

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7

Canberra

Heritage
Heritage
Eco experience
Eco experience
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Rail

Departing Canberra we journey north passing through Yass to Cowra, where we break for lunch at the Cowra Japanese Gardens. After lunch you can enjoy a self-guided tour that will introduce you to the symbolic nature of the gardens. The Cowra Japanese Garden covers 5 hectares – the largest in the southern hemisphere. It was built because of Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese. The unique relationship of Cowra and Japan originated on a cold night in August 1944, when more than a thousand Japanese prisoners of war broke out of the local prison camp. Departing Cowra, pass through Bathurst and take an exhilarating lap of Mount Panorama. We continue our journey on to the Blue Mountains.

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Fairmont Resort, Leura
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Fairmont Resort, Leura
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Hunter Valley

Heritage
Heritage
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Eco experience
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Local guide

This morning, we depart the Blue Mountains for the Hunter Valley, arriving at the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens. On arrival we relax over lunch then take a guided train tour through the individually themed gardens that showcase the artistry of gardens around the world and use both native and exotic varieties of plants.

 

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Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley
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Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley
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Armidale

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Eco experience

Leaving the resort after breakfast we travel through the Hunter wine region to the Darley Thoroughbred Stud near Denman, where we spend time with a local guide, Craig Benjamin, who has exclusive rights to conduct tours of some of the most prestigious racing studs in the area. Enjoy an insider’s tour of the thoroughbred racing industry and an interesting introduction to the equine industry. During spring the mares start giving birth to the foals and it truly is a sight to be seen. Later we travel on to Tamworth, to visit the Big Golden Guitar before finishing our day in Armidale.

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Cotswold Gardens, Armidale
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Brisbane

Heritage
Heritage
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Discover the Celtic heritage of Glen Innes, visiting the Standing Stones, a famous national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers, and recognised by the Celtic Council of Australia as the national gathering point for Celtic descendants and clans. Next we cross the border back into Queensland and make our way past the grape growing districts of Ballandean, breaking for lunch at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, experiencing the Medley of Mains luncheon, matching food with wine. Return to the Brisbane CBD at approximately 4:30pm.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I book this tour?

To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.

How much luggage can I take?

Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

What do the fitness ratings mean?

Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you.  Our fitness ratings are:

  • 1 Easy
  • 2 Moderate
  • 3 Active/moderate
  • 4 Highly active
What is the average size of tour groups?

Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.

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