Three Days: 17th – 19th October 2019
Twin Share: $869 per person. Sole Use: $995 per person.
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
The Renmark Rose Festival boasts the largest collection of roses in the southern hemisphere, there are over 3,500 rose bushes spread throughout the town, not to mention those tucked away in private gardens. This year marks the 25th year of the festival and during our tour we will have the opportunity to see the work of some avid ‘green thumbs’ as locals open their gardens to visitors. So come with us to enjoy the festivities and admire this special springtime display of beauty, hard work and community spirit.
Please note: This is an interim itinerary as the list of gardens that will be opened this year has not yet been confirmed. As soon as these become available, we will send you the final itinerary with the gardens we will be visiting.
Day One – THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2019
(includes lunch and three course dinner)
We depart this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*) for our journey to the Riverland. Travelling along the South Eastern Freeway, we pass through the Adelaide Hills and over the Murray River to Tailem Bend, where we pause for morning tea.
Continuing along the Karoonda Highway, it is not long before we reach Loxton, situated on the southern banks of the Murray River.
On arrival we visit the Pines Historic House and Garden where we enjoy a light lunch before having a guided tour. Built in 1909, this historic six-roomed sandstone villa and its contents were bequeathed to the people of Loxton in 2002. Much of the contents remain untouched and there is a great collection to view, including antique furniture, art, silverware, and even a family wedding dress. This magnificent property with its beautifully maintained gardens, gives us an insight into the grand lifestyle lived by the occupants in the early 20th century.
Before departing Loxton we stop to appreciate the handiwork of Riverland artist, Tim Baulderstone, who was commissioned to carve sculptures of native animals, flora and fauna into the trunks of seventeen lopped pine trees. Art students from Loxton High School worked with the artist, in designing the sculptures which are part of a heritage project that includes a walking trail and landscaping within the township.
Just a short distance away is the town of Renmark and our accommodation for the evening at the Renmark Resort Hotel and Golf Club (Ph.08 8586 8200). We check into our rooms and have time to relax and freshen up before enjoying a delicious three course dinner.
Day Two – FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2019
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)
After breakfast we start our visits to the many Renmark gardens opened especially for the festival. There are award winning cottage gardens, gardens showcasing particular species of roses and gardeners who have created art and crafts, some of which can be purchased.
We will also visit Ruston’s Roses to see the redevelopment and restoration work that is currently underway at this property. Created by David Ruston, this was a commercial rose plantation with over 50 thousand bushes and 4000 varieties of flowers—one of the largest, most diverse rose collections in the world.
After enjoying lunch at a local café or bakery, this afternoon we’ll stop in at the Renmark Institute to view the wonderful display of floral arrangements, before taking time to visit more of the colourful private gardens. For those who wish, there will also be time to browse the local shops, take a stroll by the river or simply relax at our accommodation.
After a great day touring there will be plenty to chat about over dinner.
Day Three – SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast we will take the opportunity to visit a local garden before making our way to one of the highlights of this annual event, the Festival Fair. Held at the Jarrett Memorial Gardens there will be time to wander through the various art, craft, gardening, plants and food stalls, enjoy the official opening and have morning tea at our leisure.
Late morning, we depart the beautiful roses of Renmark and head to Waikerie where we will stop for a delicious lunch. Continuing our journey, we cross the river near Blanchetown and pass through the Barossa Valley before arriving in Adelaide. On arrival, we are taken to our homes after a delightful three days enjoying the colourful displays of the Renmark Rose Festival.