4 Day Canberra Floriade

TUE 23 Sep 14 – FRI 26 SEP 14

Special price: $669 p/p


Highlights include:
  • Floriade 2014
  • Cockington Green
  • Lake Burley Griffin Cruise
  • Australian War Memorial
DAY 1(D) HOME TO CANBERRA – Tuesday 23 September 2014
Welcome to our 4 day Floriade Festival Tour of our nation’s capital - Canberra.  Today we travel through Goulburn, where we stop to stretch our legs before arriving in Canberra at lunch time.  We spend some time strolling through the city centre, which is also a chance to purchase lunch and then check into our accommodation for the next 3 nights. (Lunch own expense, Dinner in the hotel)
Quality Hotel Dickson, Canberra (ph 02 6247 4744)

DAY 2 (BD) CANBERRA TOURING – Wednesday 24 September2014
After a hearty breakfast our first visit of the day is Cockington Green.  This award winning attraction takes its name from the township of Cockington in Devon, an historic English Village, and is a one 12th scale reproduction of buildings and gardens in this English village - thatched cottages, a tiny church, the village green, an oats house in Kent, a riverside inn, castles and even Stonehenge.  We head back into Civic for some free time to purchase lunch or perhaps get our retail fix. The remainder of our afternoon will be at the Australian War Memorial.  The Australian War Memorial commemorates the sacrifice of the Australian men and women, who have served in war, through its ceremonial areas, extensive exhibitions and research facilities.  The focus of the commemoration is the Hall of Memory together with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour that lists the names of over 102,000 Australian servicemen and women who have died in war.  Over the past few years the Memorial has undergone extensive redevelopment resulting in new galleries and displays.  The largest of these is the very impressive Anzac Hall.  It was in May 1942 when 4 Japanese Midget Submarines attacked Sydney Harbour that the reality of war was brought home to most Australians. The Sydney Under Attack multimedia presentation uses light, sound, photos and film to recreate that famous event in graphic detail.  Also on display in Anzac Hall is a vast collection of historic military technology including Australia’s oldest military aircraft – the Deperdussin, a First World War Mark IV Tank and a virtual re-enactment of Australia’s first naval victory in 1914.  We stay to hear the last post and closing ceremony. Returning to our accommodation we have time to relax before dinner.  (Breakfast and dinner in the Motel, Lunch own expense)
DAY 3 (BD) CANBERRA IN BLOOM – Thursday 25 September 2014
This morning we will make our way up to the look out at Mt Ainslie.  The views across Lake Burley Griffin are breathtaking.  Canberra is a truly unique city and one of only a few planned cities in the world. We then drive to Commonwealth Park, the centre of the Floriade Festival.  The centre piece is Nerang Pool which will be surrounded by a number of discrete themes.  The flower display is the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere.  We have the rest of the day here amongst the abundance of bloom and beauty and there are many refreshment outlets where we can purchase our morning tea and lunch. We head back to our motel to freshen up before we are transferred to our dinner cruise on Lake Burley Griffin to view Canberra from a totally different perspective. What a wonderful way to share our final night in Canberra.  (Breakfast in the motel/ Lunch own expense/ Dinner Cruise)
DAY 4 (B) HOME – Friday 26 September 2014
Unfortunately our holiday must come to an end, so after a drive through Embassy Row and past The Lodge we head for home.  We will stop for lunch along the way and arrive home early afternoon having experienced a wonderful holiday in Canberra.  Until we meet again, farewell!  (Breakfast in the Hotel/ lunch own expense)

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc