Join Kim Woods Rabbidge this November for a ten-day sojourn in beautiful Tasmania.
Travel in comfort through stunning Northern Tasmanian countryside. We’ll be hosted for lunches, tea and cake, or drinks, and we’ll mingle with the owners in several of Tasmania’s finest, private gardens. At Patterdale we’ll walk in the footsteps of colonial painter John Glover; we take a special, behind-the-scenes botanical art tour at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and, at Blenheim Gallery and Garden, we’ll enjoy a Carlton Cox exhibition, and sculptures through the garden. In historic residences we’ll imagine the lives of early European settlers and marvel at their ingenuity. We take a trip on the Tamar; dine in fine restaurants and wineries; and unwind in our deluxe accommodation, Peppers Silo Hotel, where we stay for the entire nine nights.
In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required.
All participants are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The following special cancellation and refund conditions applies to this tour.
Take morning tea at Kaydale. Experience this spectacular 2ha family garden developed initially by Kay and Robert Crowden. Meet the current garden makers - their energetic and innovative daughters, Amarlie and Leslie whose passion for projects is boundless. A magic afternoon beginning with lunch at Barrington in the delightful cottage garden of renown garden writer Jennifer Stackhouse. In Sheffield explore enchanting private gardens and street art with Jennifer.
(Meals:B, MT, L)
This morning we cruise 40 kilometres down Australia’s longest navigable estuary and experience the natural beauty and magic of Launceston’s famous Tamar Valley and the Cataract Gorge. During the cruise, taste local wine and beer, enjoy freshly brewed tea and morning coffee, a light lunch, a delicious Tasmanian cheese platter and fresh fruit selection. Relax and enjoy the ambiance of the Valley, and the notable Batman Bridge. Later we head to Tim Barbour’s Topiary Garden and take delicious afternoon tea at the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company.
(Meals: B, MT, L, AT)
This morning we’re treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of a fascinating botanical collection at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Lunch at Patterdale, once home to John Glover, often referred to as the ‘Father of Australian Landscape Painting’. With fertile valleys and rolling hills surrounding The Nile River it’s easy to see how he was inspired by the picturesque countryside. Later visit beautiful Strathmore celebrating its two-hundred-year anniversary. Explore its large lake, arboretum, walled garden, rose garden and much more.
(Meals: B, L)
Free time today! Plenty of time for exploring the lovely city of Launceston.Gather for dinner tonight at one of Tasmania’s finest seafood restaurants overlooking the Tamar, Hallam's Waterfront Restaurant.
(Meals: B, D)
Enjoy a private tour to lovingly restored Kilgour House and garden before heading west to Mole Creek. At Wychwood, one of Tasmania’s favourite gardens, we tiptoe through the labyrinth and meander through creekside gardens. Our lunch will be hosted by Scott and Deb Wilson in the stables of their exquisite garden in the historic grounds of Old Wesleydale. Tonight we dine at Cataract on Paterson to enjoy local seafood and Tasmanian farm gate produce often prepared on a stone grill.
(Meals: B, L, D)
At Westbury, Holmefield is a thoughtfully designed newer garden including classical elements and a collection of special plants. Behind a hedge of magnificent trees Culzean is an extensive, elegant garden with an arboretum, sprawling lawns and a beautiful lake. Return to hotel; en route visit Carrick Mill Antiques.
(Meals: B, L)
This morning head west to a favourite event for both locals and visitors: The Garden Fest at historic Entally House, Hadspen. Onto Longford for a wander through streets filled with heritage houses. Then we visit a Tasmanian country classic, Cressy House Estate before settling into the charming setting of Blenheim Gallery and Garden further along the road, for drinks and canapes with the owners.
(Meals: B, Drinks)
The iconic Sunday markets at Evandale are always worth a trawl. We’ll also have time to explore this delightful village before visiting Woolmers Rose Garden – one of the best, and a rose lovers’ heaven which will be in full, deliciously fragrant bloom. Our farewell lunch is at Josef Chromy Wines offering one of the most memorable food and wine experiences in Tasmania. Later take a stroll through the beautiful gardens established in the 1888.
(Meals: B, L)
Our tour ends after breakfast.