(Combined Adelaide and South Coast Departures)
Four Days: 16th – 19th October 2020
Twin Share: $1245 per person. Sole Use: $1445 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.
This year’s event has been rebranded as the Renmark Riverland Rose Festival to incorporate and recognise the enthusiastic gardeners from neighbouring towns. With over 3,500 rose bushes spread throughout the town of Renmark, not to mention those tucked away in private gardens, it’s no surprise that this area is known as the ‘Rose Capital’. We will see the work of some avid ‘green thumbs’ as locals open their gardens to visitors, as well as taking the opportunity to visit some of the Riverland attractions. 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 – FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER 2020
(includes light lunch and two 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.
From here we journey to Karoonda where we will stop to look at their silo art which was completed in July last year. Transformed by renowned street artist and muralist Heesco Khosnaran, the art pays tribute to the farming heritage of the region and the results are truly stunning.
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.
Our accommodation for the next three nights is at the Loxton Hotel Motel (Ph: 08 8584 7266). We check into our rooms and have time to relax and freshen up before enjoying a delicious two course dinner.
Day Two – SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
After breakfast we travel the short distance to Renmark and make our way to one of the highlights of this annual event, the Festival Opening and 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 will visit the first of a number of 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. This year we will also expand our garden visits to take in more of the displays in the surrounding region.
After enjoying lunch at a local café or bakery in Renmark, we will continue our garden visits before returning to Loxton. On arrival, there will be time to browse the local shops, take a stroll by the river or simply relax at our accommodation.
Day Three – SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
This morning we will return to Renmark to visit the Renmark Institute and view the wonderful display of floral arrangements that have been created especially for the festival.
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.
From here we will take in the surrounding district, visiting some of the gardens and attractions in other towns of the Riverland.
Throughout the tour we will also visit venues hosting the Art Trail, a growing component of the Festival. The art takes a variety of forms including garden sculpture, textiles, jewellery, paintings and so much more and we will visit exhibitions at local galleries and businesses to enjoy the diversity of local talent within the region.
After a great day touring we will return to Loxton with time to refresh and plenty to chat about over dinner.
Day Four – MONDAY 19 OCTOBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast, we farewell our hosts and depart for Kingston on the Murray, home of Banrock Station. Owned by the BRL Hardy wine company, this former farming station has been turned over to wine and wetlands. The company has chosen to invest a great deal in recreating the wetlands of this site, including imitating the wetting and drying cycle that occurred here naturally before the weirs were built to control the river. In fact, we may see native fauna in the wetland. Our visit includes morning tea in this lovely setting.
Our travels continue as we make our way through Waikerie before detouring off the highway to Morgan. In its hey day, Morgan was one of the busiest South Australian river ports with hundreds of paddle steamers carrying cargo and passengers up the Murray-Darling River System. The township is located on what is often referred to as the Great Bend or the Great Elbow. We enjoy lunch in this truly historic Australian town before beginning the final stage of our journey home.
Late afternoon, we pass through the Barossa Valley, stopping to stretch our legs before arriving in Adelaide. On arrival, we are taken to our homes after a delightful short break enjoying the colourful displays of the Renmark Riverland Rose Festival.