Floriade Festival Fun
The annual Floriade Festival in Canberra is the highlight of the floral event calendar in Australia. Tour leader Chris Slee and a group of intrepid villa travellers enjoyed every part of it!
When you fly into Canberra, you get a great overview of our capital city. Our first day saw us enjoy a visit to the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery and we all felt quite cultured by the end of it. The National War Memorial lived up to expectations and we were all deeply moved by the Closing Ceremony. This is a must see when in Canberra.
The Floriade Festival itself was fantastic and enjoyed by all! Surprisingly, we all agreed that Tulip Top Gardens was even more impressive. It was very people friendly, with lovely piped music drifting through the trees- many of them flowering ornamental fruit trees. This is another must see when you come to see the Floriade Festival.
After enjoying the festival and all its delights, we began our journey from Canberra to Sydney and found ourselves in the historic town of Berrima. All agreed that the prisoners in the Old Berrima Gaol did it pretty tough. With its thick walls, it was freezing cold inside. Thank goodness for the heaters in the courtroom.
Touring onwards towards Sydney we found ourselves at Bowral and the Bradman Cricket Museum where passenger Eric was going to try to bowl a maiden over but decided that he was a bit out of practice in more ways than one.
In the Blue Mountains at Scenic World, passenger Josephine sat in the driver's seat on the Cableway ride. We're all still here! High Tea at the Carrington Hotel was scrumptious. I've never had so many choices of tea and loved the Monk Pear tea. We were all a little nervous as we were seated beside two huge, priceless Ming vases. The optional Toy and Railway Museum in Leura proved a hit also. It certainly appeals to the young and the young at heart!
Finally, we reached our destination of Sydney. At Bondi Beach, I gave the ladies the task of rounding up a lifesaver but all were unsuccessful….unfortunately! We were lucky enough however to have had Hugh, our own on board weather controller, throughout the holiday who did such a wonderful job that I've asked his wife if I can take him on all my villa tours! He ensured we had glorious sunny weather for our cruise on Sydney Harbour and we weren't hampered by rain on any day.
This is certainly a wonderful tour with so much to see and do so make sure you put it on your calendar for next year!
Some Floriade holiday snaps by Chris Slee