Lunch in the shade of an enormous spreading English oak, enveloped in the fragrance of arching rows of lavender in full bloom. Join us for aromatherapy of the botanical kind. We’ve included some beautiful cool climate gardens to give you an inspirational short break.
Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for your flight to Launceston, Tasmania. Check into Peppers Silo Hotel located on the banks of the Tamar River. Join your fellow travellers for our Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
It’s all about lavender today! Endless fields of lavender flowers will take your breath away at Bridestowe, the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. The Ravens family grow true French lavender, the only variety suitable for use in perfume and cooking. Sample Bridestowe’s paddock to plate offerings at our private lunch under the grand oak tree. Spend a relaxing afternoon with Susan Shannon at Waterton Hall, a magnificent 1850’s homestead, on the banks of the Upper Tamar River. Visit the vineyard and taste their cool climate wines in the newly restored convict-built Waterton Hall Barn. Gardens here have been restored; cut flowers, roses and dahlias looking superb! Wander down to the boatshed and hear stories of the days when Waterton was a school for girls, run by nuns!
Mole Creek, in the beautiful upper Mersey Valley, is home to two spectacular gardens. Wychwood is considered one of Tasmania’s most beautiful gardens, receiving considerable acclaim from both local and international garden publications. With owners keen to put their stamp on this landmark cold climate garden, Wychwood will charm and delight you with sweeping borders, restored labyrinth, heritage roses and rare perennials. Morning tea in the garden is a treat! Nearby, Old Wesleydale’s classic English style ‘Arts and Crafts‘ garden is in perfect harmony with the homestead’s historic stone house and unique outbuildings. Lunch included today. Tour the walled garden, picking and white gardens, kitchen potager, henhouse, aviary, potting shed and conservatory.
Learn the fascinating story of the Archer Family at Woolmers and Brickendon Estates today. Thomas, William and Joseph, settled around Longford in early 1800. Woolmers is a unique reflection of colonial life; Brickendon, a complex of early colonial buildings with a Georgian country house. Both have gardens to reflect the period. They are UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites. Free time this afternoon in the pretty, historic town of Evandale. Farewell Dinner included tonight.
Midday transfer to Launceston airport for your flight home.
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