Opulent Journeys

Private Gardens, Culture and Cuisine of Northern Tasmania

5 - 14 November 2022 (postponed)

From (AUD)


10 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Overview

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Private gardens access
  • Wining and dining in excellent restaurants 
  • Stay nine nights at 5-star Peppers Silo
  • Historic houses and properties 
  • Travel in comfort by coach
  • Special behind-the-scenes tour of early botanical art
  • Entally Estate’s Garden Fest: Celebration of Spring 
  • Picturesque Tasmania 


Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    


Per person, twin share                               $4,380
Single room supplement $1,145
Tour deposit $600

 *Tour starts in and finishes in Launceston.

About your tour leader - Kim Woods Rabbidge
Kim Woods Rabbidge, behind the popular ‘Our Australian Gardens’ Instagram, is an award winning garden writer and photographer. Her articles and photographs appear in several garden books and publications including House & Garden, Gardening Australia, RM Williams Outback magazine and the Weekend Australian magazine. From 2005-2009 she was Qld Coordinator and National Newsletter editor for Open Gardens Australia and has since held executive positions on the Horticultural Media Association Australia. As well as leading garden tours both in Australia and overseas, she speaks at garden events on subjects such as garden edits and design elements. Kim and her husband have recently begun a new garden in the Northen Rivers of New South Wales.
What's Included

Tour Inclusions: 

  • 9 night’s twin share accommodation at deluxe Peppers Silo 
  • Private chartered coach with driver from Day 2 to Day 9
  • Tea, drinks, and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Included entrance for below gardens and visits
Not Included: 
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure airport transfer
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and anything not mentioned above


To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

Please Click Here to download the tour details.



In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

  • You will need to be able to walk for a few hours at a gentle pace
  • Use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities)
  • Undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours duration, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces
  • Stand for long periods in museums and other sites
  • Embark / disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance
  • Handle your own luggage


Find your way to Peppers Silo in Launceston and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
(Meals: D)

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. 

(Meals: B)

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