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.
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 try to visit a good mix of gardens, from small cottage displays to larger properties.
Our first stop this morning will be at the Cornelius home, a great example of what can be achieved in a small space. A Japanese Zen garden welcomes you at the front of the house and the rear yard offers plenty of colour and surprise. They will also have Bonsai and jewellery for sale throughout the festival.
From here we will head to the Renmark Institute to view the wonderful display of floral arrangements. This year’s theme is the Silver Anniversary of Renmark’s Roses and features include a stunning display by local Danny Hoffman, whose garden we visit tomorrow.
Our next stop is at one of our favourites. We have been visiting Di Speights beautiful garden for a number of years. She has an artistic flair which can be seen in the many whimsical touches and recycled structures which also feature in her cottage garden. There is also a small garden shop and handmade crafts to look through.
From here we continue to Ruston’s Roses, now under new management and in a phase of redevelopment. Home of the late David Ruston, this was once a commercial rose plantation and one of the largest, most diverse rose collections in the world. Recently purchased by the Chappel family, they are working to restore the garden back to its former glory and will eventually reopen the function centre and provide tourist accommodation. We will visit to see how work is progressing and you may also take time to admire the handiwork of local artist Glenys Leske who is displaying a collection of Art quilts.
Our lunch today will be at a unique venue, Cinnamon Grove Vintage Creations. This is a gift shop, café and garden combined which has been established over the last three years. The garden includes a pond with a bridge, climbers, lavenders, perennials, annuals and so much more. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy lunch, surrounded by trees, shrubs and a variety of birds.
This afternoon we are going to visit some larger properties, a contrast to the gardens we saw this morning. The first is the home of Jones family, whose garden boasts over 200 roses and irises amongst their colourful display. This rustic setting has pathways rambling under the shade of mature trees and garden bric-a-brac dotted throughout. With a barn, various shade houses and a variety of plants and seedlings for sale, there is plenty to see in this garden.
Our next garden is a classic cottage style garden, but set on half an acre. The Nitschke’s have planted hundreds of roses, daylilies, iris’, cannas and geraniums plus their property boasts a huge gazebo where you can take time to rest your legs. They will also have cakes, biscuits, plants and homemade crafts for sale.
After admiring a selection of Renmark’s beautiful gardens there will be time to relax and freshen up in preparation for dinner, where there will be plenty to chat about.
Day Three – SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
Our day starts with one more garden visit. The Hoffmann’s started with a bare block and have developed their garden over the last 22 years. The property boasts a variety of evergreen and deciduous trees in contrasting colours, as well as a conifer garden that includes topiaries. A wide variety of roses are featured, including climbing roses which border the driveway, along with salvia’s, succulents and an organic vegetable garden.
One of the highlights of this annual event is the Festival Fair, held at the Jarrett Memorial Gardens. There will be time to wander through the various art, craft, gardening, plant and food stalls, as well as have morning tea at our leisure. It’s the perfect way to finish our Renmark visit!
Late morning its time to depart and commence our journey home, stopping in Waikerie for our delicious lunch. Continuing, we cross the river near Blanchetown and pass through the Barossa Valley before arriving in Adelaide late afternoon.
As we make our way home there will be time to reflect on this delightful spring break enjoying the colourful displays of the Renmark Rose Festival.