Inside Victoria

Victoria’s fine country gardens at the peak spring flush. Meet the gardeners behind each masterwork. See old favourites and cutting edge new gardens. It’s a gentle road around rural Victoria with generous hospitality and glorious gardens.

  • $995 AUD
  • 09 Days
  • calendar-icon 9 – 17 NOVEMBER 2023
  • sun iconDay 1
  • calendar icon Thursday 9 November 2023
Home – Melbourne (L/D)

Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for your 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. See the whole garden in the comfort of the Garden Explorer Bus. Drive down the Mornington Peninsula and check into the Flinders Hotel for four nights. Welcome dinner included tonight.

  • sun iconDay 2
  • calendar icon Friday 10 November 2023
Heronswood Garden (B/L)

We are heading to Heronswood this morning, the home of Diggers Seeds, showcasing flowers and plants for Australian conditions. The garden changes throughout the year with inspiring planting combinations of perennials and heirloom vegetables. Lunch will be served in the historic Heronswood House built in 1864.

  • sun iconDay 3
  • calendar icon Saturday 11 November 2023
Broughton Hall (B/L)

Three private gardens today will challenge your ideas of what a garden means. Each garden sits comfortably in its own special ‘space’. Meet the owners and learn the ‘how and why’, of each of the three gardens. Generous hospitality raises the bar and makes this a happy and comfortable experience.

  • sun iconDay 4
  • calendar icon Sunday 12 November 2023
Cruden Farm (B/L)

Attila Kapitany’s garden of succulents is our first stop this morning. Architectural aloes, agaves and yuccas complement colourful ground-covering succulents. Next stop is Cruden Farm, one of Australia’s most iconic and beautiful country gardens. It’s the garden and former home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who arrived here as a young bride 80 years ago. Dame Elisabeth loved this garden that she carefully designed and planted with head gardener Michael Morrison. There are many garden rooms; borders, picking garden, shrub walks and the famous avenue of 100 lemon-scented gums that leads to the house. Lunch is included today. Travel back to Flinders

  • sun iconDay 5
  • calendar icon Monday 13 November 2023
Flinders – Ballarat (B/D)

Catch the morning ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff then take the Great Ocean Road to a unique coastal garden created by landscape designer Peter Shaw. Peter is widely admired for his coastal landscapes that are distinctively Australian. Travel on to Ballarat, one of the most famous gold-mining towns in Australia.

  • sun iconDay 6
  • calendar icon Tuesday 14 November 2023
Lambley Garden (B/L)

spectacular display garden and one of Australia’s finest is Burnside, the garden of David Glenn at Lambley Nursery. Enjoy this masterful garden, filled with bees, butterflies and birds, and learn about dry climate gardening. Next stop is lunch at Ceres Homestead in Learmonth. As soon as you enter the estate, you are enveloped in a sense of history, romance, capture and connection. Jane’s warm welcome and generous hospitality is legendary. Afternoon visit to Clunes, a picture perfect gold mining town from 1851.

  • sun iconDay 7
  • calendar icon Wednesday 15 November 2023
Babbington Park (B/L)

The home and garden of celebrity chef, Annie Smithers, Babbington Park, is our first stop this morning. There’s a lot going on in this exciting farm and garden. A cute flower farm is next, then Annie will cook lunch for us at ‘Du Fermier’ in Trentham.

  • sun iconDay 8
  • calendar icon Thursday 16 November 2023
Scarsdale & Ballarat Botanic Gardens (B/D)

You’ll fall in love with this charming flower garden at Scarsdale. The garden is filled with iris, roses and perennials jostling for space, all laid out with a magic sense of play. Next stop is Ballarat’s Botanical Garden, one of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens, for a peep into the famous conservatory. Free afternoon. Farewell dinner included this evening.

  • sun iconDay 9
  • calendar icon Friday 17 November 2023
Trentham to Home (B)

A perennial gem of a garden in Trentham this morning as we travel to Melbourne and Tullamarine for our homeward flight.

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Garden Tours Victoria: Rural Adventures Through World-Renowned Landscapes

Discover the picturesque beauty of Victoria’s finest country gardens during their peak spring flush on an enchanting tour with Ross Tours. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of masterfully designed gardens, where you’ll meet the talented gardeners behind each creation. From traditional favourites to cutting-edge new landscapes, this gentle road journey through rural Victoria promises generous hospitality and a glorious showcase of Australian flora. Embark on a botanical adventure like no other, where contemporary flair intertwines with natural wonders. Join us on this unforgettable exploration of Victoria’s mesmerising garden treasures.

Tour Inclusions
Tour Escorted by Colin Barlow
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  • flight-icon Return group airfare Sydney / Melbourne / Sydney
  • ac-icon Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • bed-icon Deluxe accommodation for 8 nights with breakfast daily
  • lunch-icon Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including including

  • Cranbourne, Heronswood, Jo Ferguson Garden, Picardy, Broughton Hall, Cruden Farm, Ceres Homestead, Babbington Park, Fleurs de Lyonville, Ballarat Botanic Garden & private gardens.
  • Twin Share including airfare
    $5,795 AUD per person
  • Single Supplement
    $995 AUD
  • All prices in Australian dollars
  • Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
  • Airfare price is based on departure from Sydney
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