Canberra & Floriade 2013 - WEA

Canberra & Floriade 2013 - WEA

Day 6 Tuesday 1st October

bugle when the museum closes at

5pm. Return via taxi (own cost) to

your hotel early evening.

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Breakfast ● Lunch

Head outside to visit the Sculpture

Garden displaying twenty six sculptures

that have been set in outside rooms,

surrounded and integrated with

Australian nave plants. The sculptures

were bought and placed in the gardens in

the early 1980’s and reflect the abstract,

industrial aesthecs of that me. .

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Aer breakfast you board the coach to

visit Tuliptop Gardens located in a

hidden valley just 15kms from Canberra

and a tour highlight. The magnificent 10

acre garden is home to an extravagant

display of tulips, daffodils and other

sumptuous spring

flowers. Hundreds

of beauful

blossom trees

provide a magical

pathway through

the gardens to a


waterfall and

watercourse, a


backdrop for the beauful classical

music waing through the air. Meander

around these magnificent gardens

before enjoying a lovely pre-arranged

lunch in a garden marquee under the

blossom trees.

Aer lunch you make your way back to

Canberra to the Australian War

Memorial. Tour the museum collecons

and visit the Hall of Memory and the

tomb of the Unknown Soldier before

you hear the last post sounded on the


Day 7 Wednesday 2nd October

This morning you have a guided tour of

the Australian Naonal Botanic

Gardens. The Gardens house the

worlds most comprehensive display of

living Australian nave plants and your

tour showcases the beauty and clever

adaptaons of Australia’s nave flora.

You wander through the living

collecon of around 74,000 individual

plants and over 6,200 species,

arranged in 40 hectares of themed

gardens. Have lunch in the Café (not

included in the tour cost) before

heading off in the aernoon to the

Naonal Gallery of Australia. The NGA

collecons include more than 160,000

works of art and all works are part of

Australia’s naonal collecon. Wander

through the magnificent building

passing through collecons of

Australian art, Aboriginal & Torres

Strait Islander art, Asian, European and

American art.

Day 8 Thursday 3rd October

Aer breakfast you may store your

luggage at the hotel for collecon prior to

your transfer to the airport. You then

have some free me to explore Canberra

on your own. Mid Aernoon, on the way

to the airport you visit the first home in

the Canberra region (1833), now housing

Duntroon Military College. You cannot

enter the house (it is the Officers’ Mess)

but you can walk around the peaceful

grounds before connuing on to the

airport for your late aernoon flight to


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3rd October 2013

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Canberra ● The Floriade Festival ● National Library ● National Museum ●

Parliament House ● War Memorial ● Botanic Gardens ● National Gallery ●

Calthorpes’ House ● Bungendore ● Braidwood ● Tuliptops

Canberra, our capital city, during the Floriade Festival – what better

combination could there be for a tour Join WEA Travel on a eight day fully

escorted tour and celebrate the spring in full bloom. In 2013 visiting Canberra will

be extra special as our nation’s capital will be celebrating the Centenary of

Canberra becoming the capital city of Australia. Built in the early 1900’s,

Canberra was planned by American architect, Walter Burley Griffin. His city plan

was designed to incorporate Australia’s natural landscape in geometrical patterns.

Canberra is known as Australia’s ‘bush capital’ because of the large amount of

natural vegetation in and around the city. Floriade is a celebration of flowers,

showcasing more than a million blooms in themed gardens to the backdrop of

beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. It is the largest event of this nature in the southern

hemisphere and follows the traditions of the Dutch Keukenhof flower displays.

The experience does not stop after the sun goes down; enjoy the Nightfest, a gala

of films, entertainment and floodlight gardens (additional cost involved). For

those with a keen interest in gardening, the Floriade is a must and for those

wanting to experience Canberra and its surrounds including the beautiful

Highlands this tour is sure to please.

TOUR LEADER: Our experienced tour leader Dr Denis Binnion is a regular

historical tour leader for the WEA one day courses and past leader of WEA tours

on The Spirit of the Outback, Cairns & Mt Isa and many overseas tours. He has

interests in landforms, geography and history.

Tour includes: Airfares ● Entrance fees as per itinerary ● Breakfasts ●

Welcome Dinner ● 1 Afternoon tea ● Tuliptops Lunch ● Lake Burley Griffin cruise

● Specialist guided tours ● Pre & Post tour get-togethers ● Comprehensive Tour


and create an astounding visual impact,

which is guaranteed to please even the

most discerning eye. Your Tour Leader

will be on hand to help with any

quesons. Tonight, or any other night

during your stay, you may wish to return

to Commonwealth Park to experience

the illuminated wonderland of Floriade

Night fest. This is a visual delight and a

must see – you will discover the garden

bed designs in a whole new light as they

are lit by dazzling light shows. The Park

comes alive aer-dark and features

music, night markets, stand-up comedy

and much more.

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DAY 4 Sunday 29 th September

A full day excursion to the beauful

Highlands surrounding Canberra. Your

first stop is the historic village of

Bungendore noted for arsts, poers,

cra galleries and Australian design

items. Bungendore was first seled by

Europeans in 1824 but the town dates

from 1837. Aer free me to explore

the galleries you head off to the noted

township of Braidwood, This was the

first complete town in NSW to be listed

as a heritage town. It has a number of

Georgian style buildings, on wide

European tree lined streets. There are

cafes, anque shops and more to

peruse. In Spring the town park has a

bright daffodil display.

Day 5 Monday 30th September

This morning you visit Parliament

House for a guided tour. Opened on

9 th May 1988 and at the me of

construcon the building, which was

based on the shape of two

boomerangs, was the most expensive

building in the world.

You depart Adelaide Airport early

morning with Qantas for your flight to

Canberra via Sydney. Transfer to the

Rydges Lakeside Hotel, a lovely recently

refurbished 4* Hotel overlooking Lake

Burley Griffin. Please note that rooms

may not be ready for your midday arrival

but cases may be le safely at the

concierge. You will have me for lunch

before vising the Naonal Library of

Australia (entry $2 pp), the largest

reference library in the country

containing the most comprehensive

resources of naonal significance that

are accessible to the public. Here, in a

private viewing you will see the Marian

Ellis Rowan collecon. Marian Ellis

Rowan was one of Australia’s most

adventurous and talented natural history

arsts, she specialised in flowers and

birds and occasionally insects. Next you

tour of the Treasures Gallery, it is an

absolute gem and brings together the

Library’s greatest treasures and

8 days $2400

Based on twin share ● Single supplement $658

Balance due Thursday 18th July

DAY 1 Thursday 26 th September Australia’s greatest stories. You will

DAY 2 Friday 27 th September

come face-to-face with an eclecc

mixture of books, objects and

Today you take a short walk from your

manuscripts from James Cook’s

Hotel to Commonwealth Park, the home

Endeavour journal to an original

of Floriade. The fesval began in 1988,

manuscript for Waltzing Malda. You

having its origins from the annual Dutch

return to your hotel and enjoy a welcome

Keukenhof flower display, and has

dinner at the popular Locanda Italian


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evolved to become a stupendous

celebraon of spring, showcasing more

than a million spectacular blooms.

Spend the day exploring this fantasc

event wandering around the wonderful

showcase gardens, marvelling at the

displays, demonstraons, gardening

products and music. Enjoy the

entertainment, savour the atmosphere

and view the spectacle of the colourful

displays. Many flowerbeds are themed

DAY 3 Saturday 28 th September

Aer breakfast you head off on foot to

the Naonal Museum of Australia. It

holds the most important collecons of

Australian items in

Canberra. See colonial

items from the First

Fleet; Goldfield

memorabilia; Farming

and agricultural items

and amazing indigenous

artefacts - all located in

a stunning modern structure on the

shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Free me

for lunch before vising Calthorpes’

House, an untouched 1927 Canberra

bungalow. This suburban home has an

award standard garden of spring annuals,

shrubs, lawns, vegetables and fruit trees.

It is sll laid out as per the original

planng. Relive the life of an Australian

middle class family of the 1920’s and

1930’s in authenc detail, a unique


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Aer lunch you visit one of the grand

old homes of Australia, Bedervale. It

was erected in 1842, probably using

convict labour! The home was built

around a courtyard, predominately for

defensive reasons and the house is

furnished with decorave anques. The

surrounding gardens are European in

style and include a beauful lake and

mysterious folly. You will enjoy

aernoon tea here to cap off a

memorable day before returning to

your hotel.

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Breakfast ● Aernoon Tea

Situated on a 32 hectare site on

Capital Hill, Parliament House and its

unique blend of impressive

architecture is the focal point of

Canberra and your visit offers you the

chance to be a part of democracy in

acon. As you wander along on the

guided tour you pass the House of

Representaves Chamber, the Senate

& the Prime Minister’s Office. You also

have the opportunity to view historic

documents like the Magna Carta. You

may choose to have lunch at the café

before being collected and taken on a

resul cruise on Lake Burley Griffin to

enjoy the views of the city from the


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