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Come with us in Spring to experience the colour, the beauty and sensory delights of the best of both public and private gardens of the Central West, Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands. With private guided tours and exquisite accommodation, this is sure to be a tour to remember!

Day 1: Canberra to Millthorpe (L)

japanese garden with pool and bridge and flowering cherry blossoms

Cowra Japanese Garden

Today we arrive in Cowra for lunch at the sublime Cowra Japanese Gardens designed by Mr Ken Nakajima to represent the entire landscape of Japan. Enjoy the 5 hectares of cherry blossoms and over 100 other plants. We continue to the heritage listed town of Millthorpe via the historic colonial towns of Carcoar and Blayney. Dinner is in Millthorpe.

Stay at Millthorpe Boutique Motel, 26 Victoria St Millthorpe, 02 6366 3653

Day 2: Millthorpe to Lithgow (B,L)

aerial view of extensive manicured garden estate

Mayfield Gardens

Today we have the full day to enjoy the spring blooms at the magnificent Mayfield Garden when the full 65 hectares of the Hawkins Family Private Estate will be open (this only happens during the Spring festival!). Mayfield is one of the largest privately owned cool climate gardens in the world, and during spring you can explore the maze and paddle a rowboat as well as enjoy the masses of spectacular spring blooms. We also have a private guided tour of the Hawkins family’s home garden, and lunch is in the farm-to-table Mayfield Café. Dinner is at Black Gold Motel.

Stay at Black Gold Motel, 121 Main St Wallerawang, 02 6355 7305

Day 3: Lithgow to Blackheath (B,L,D)

two people standing on paved stone lookout overlooking botanic garden

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

This morning we have a private guided tour of a ‘secret’ Blue Mountains garden and then a private guided tour and lunch at Highfield Gardens in Little Hartley. We then make our way up the hill to the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath to view the Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and other exotic species like Pieris, Weeping Flowering Cherry Trees, Lilacs and Forsythia. The tea rooms will be open for their famous homemade Aussie Cream Teas, if you can fit them in!?

We then take the short drive to our private heritage accommodation for the next two nights. Dinner is at Glenella Guesthouse.

Stay at Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath, 02 4787 8352

Day 4: Mt Tomah and Mt Wilson (B,L)

shady path and stairs with overhanging mauve flowers forming a canopy

Nooroo private garden

This morning we head over to the Bells Line of Road to Mt Tomah to enjoy another private guided tour of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden which is the only botanic garden in the world within a UNESCO World Heritage Area. When we have had our fill of the 28 hectares of cool climate plants and alpine rainforest, we will travel to Mt Wilson to experience its avenues of plane trees, limes, elms, beeches, liquidambars and pink cherries. We will also visit two of Mt Wilson’s world renowned historic private gardens, including a gourmet picnic lunch at Windyridge, and a private guided tour of Nooroo. Dinner is in Blackheath.

Stay at Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath, 02 4787 8352

Day 5: Blackheath to Canberra (B,L)

stone seat overlooking spectacular sandstone valley

Everglades House and Garden

This morning we head down the ‘hill’ to the National Trust Everglades House and Gardens in Leura. Enjoy the tranquil reflection pool, the grotto pool, and walk the winding paths down the terraced garden with spectacular views of the Jamieson Valley to Mt Solitary. We also have a private guided tour of the house and gardens, and lunch in the tea rooms of the art deco Everglades House. Our last stop is Red Cow Farm in Sutton Forest with its 1820s cottage surrounded by 20 unique garden ‘rooms.’ Owner and creator Wayne will welcome us at the cottage and answer any questions about this abundant and secretive garden that has been described as one of the best in the world!

statue in garden with crimson flowers in front

Red Cow Farm


Departs Canberra Monday 16 October 2023


All transport
All accommodation
All meals as indicated above
Entry to Cowra Japanese Gardens
Private guided tour of Mayfield Garden
Private guided tour of ‘secret’ Blue Mountains Garden!
Private guided tour of Highfield Gardens
Entry to Campbell Rhodo Gardens
Private guided tour of Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Entry to Windyridge Garden
Private guided tour of Nooroo private garden
Private guided tour of Everglades House and Garden
Entry to Red Cow Farm
1 fabulous driver, 1 fabulous tour guide, lots of fun and laughs, and new holiday memories…

Not included:
3 dinners
Coffee and/or cake at morning tea/coffee stops
Alcohol (can be purchased along the way)

$2415 per person double or twin share
Single supp = $160

*Please note that being a garden tour, this tour involves a substantial amount of walking, often on uneven surfaces (and maybe quite wet surfaces, if this La Nina persists!). Depending on guest numbers, some of the rooms at Glenella Guesthouse may have stair access. Please let us know if you require the rooms with level access.


Please click HERE for a downloadable printable version of the itinerary.


Please do not hesitate to give Jeff or Janine a call should you have any questions at all.

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