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The Gardens Of the South East  
Departs:  Monday, 20 September 2021    
Duration:  5  Days Tour Number: 3594    
Price: 
Cost $1450p.p. Twin share
Travel Club $1377.p.p
Single Supp $380 p.p.
Dep of $210 p.p. On booking
Balance due September 9th 2021
 
The Barn Accommodation features generously proportioned suites set amongst five acres of carefully manicured English style gardens. The majority of the accommodation has been constructed from Mount Gambier Limestone, since 2009 and offers high quality amenities and a quiet country experience.
   
 
 

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Tour Includes:
4 breakfasts,4 evening meals, Motel Accommodation with private facilities
All entrance fees and sightseeing per itinerary
HOME PICK UP AND RETUR
 
 
Day 1 : Adelaide - Narracoorte - Mount Gambier
Your chauffered car will pick you up from home and drop you at our Aust-wide tours Depot 101 Muller Rd Hampstead Gardens, for our 7.30am departure. We travel via the South Eastern Freeway through Tailem Bend to Coonalpyn for our morning tea stop.  Moving on through Tintinara and Keith (Tatiara Country previously known as the 90-mile desert). We pass through farming land where lucerne, sheep and cereal provide the main income for the area.  We travel on through Padthaway to Naracoorte for lunch (own cost).  After lunch we continue to historic Penola (oldest town in the South East). While we are there we visit the Mary MacKillop Centre and view the MacKillop Exhibition, the Schoolhouse and St Joseph's Church before passing through huge forests of Pinus Radiata and arriving in Mount Gambier to settle in before dinner at the motel. (D)
Mount Gambier ~ The  Barn
 
Day 2 : Mount Gambier - Coonawarra
Boarding the coach, we make our way to Penola and the Coonawarra. Here we visit Yallum House and garden.  Yallum Park is said to be the best preserved Victorian House in Australia in its original condition, The garden, established in 1880, is planted with trees from all parts of the world including Yallum Park cream - possibly the oldest tea noisette (Climbing roses) in Australia. We Make our way in to Penola for lunch. After lunch we visit St Marys Winery and Garden, one of Penola’s most visited gardens. Nestled among the vines is St Mary’s Homestead and Cellar Door, surrounded by four acres of garden that has evolved and developed over 70 years. Dry stone walls, paths, borders and artworks compliment a kaleidoscope of colour created by hundreds of roses, flowers, shrubs and trees. Time to hop on the coach and return to Mount Gambier. (B D)
 
 
Day 3 : Mount Gambier - Kongorong - Mout Gambier
This Morning we make our way to Port McDonnell and take a drive around Cape Northumberland. The drive provides terrific sweeping views of the rocks, the petrified forest, Frog Rock and Rhino Rock and the Light house with a stop at the lookout. Next we visit the Port MacDonnell & District Maritime Museum. The Shipwreck Museum tells the story of many sea vessels which were involved in accidents in the 19th Century. We make our way to Kongorong and visit Aberfoyle Garden. The Aberfoyle Gardens are a country garden comprising of a variety of roses and spacious lawns, as well as thousands of other varieties of trees and shrubs. We travel to Mount Gambier for a lunch break. After lunch we visit the Blue Lake Pumping Station to find out why the lake is blue or grey depending on the time of year (bright copper blue usually between November and March), and about the town’s water supply. We visit Possum's Corner and the Umpherston Cave Gardens for a fascinating look at how water movement over many years can collapse the ground above. We return to the motel and freshen up before dinner. (B D)
 
 
Day 4 : Mount Gambier - Tantanoola - Mount Gambier
Our springtime tour continues with some local sights. We travel to Tantanoola for a guided tour of the Tantanoola Cave. The Tantanoola Caves are one of the most visited destinations in South Australia. These caves are the only wheelchair accessed caves near Mount Gambier. The Tantanoola Caves consist of a chamber of 30m width and 8m overall height.  Lunch time is in Mount Gambier with some free time. We visit the Sheriffmuir Garden. The area under Garden is over two acres with an abundance of deciduous trees. During Spring wisteria and banksia roses, all clambering up trees and structures 30 – 40 feet high, come into bloom followed by rambling roses, weepers, heritage and modern roses that last through the summer. We take a drive out to Yahl and visit Caroline Hills Winery and Garden for a wander through the garden. Deciduous and native trees shelter a large rambling country garden with a focus on form, texture and perfume. Lavender and box hedging encloses herb, vegetable and rose gardens. (B D)
 
 
Day 5 : Mount Gambier - Kingston - Adelaide
After another hearty cooked breakfast with bacon & eggs and all the usual country trimmings, we pack the coach and travel to Beachport where we have a cuppa before travelling to Robe, learning some local history on the way. Moving on to Kingston we stop for lunch at the hotel (supplied) and have a quick look around the town.  We travel home via Salt Creek and Policemans Point. We follow The Coorong National Park through to Meningie on the shore of Lake Albert, and then onto Tailem Bend with a comfort stop along the way. We will arrive back at approx 5.30pm, where the cars will take you home. (B L)