Short Trips

2021 South Coast Adventure - Saturday 6th March - Sunday 7th March, 2021

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Category:   Short Breaks Tour
Start Time:   8:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 6th March 2021
Venue:   South Coast
Phone Enquiries:   02 4325 4053
Email Enquiries:   admin@connectcoaches.com.au
*Itinerary:  

Day One - Central Coast to South Coast via Kiama

7:30am - 8:30am: Home pick ups (see map on website or call us to enquire about our pick up area)

8:30am: Depart Central Coast (Kariong)

9:45am: Morning Tea at Cumberland State Forest - supplied by Connect Coaches (tea,coffee, homemade slices)

11:45am: Comfort stop at Otford (Bald Hill Lookout) then travel to Kiama via Sea Cliff Bridge.

1:00 - 2:30pm: Kiama Village (lunch stop & time to have a browse in the shops). Lunch is not included in price & must be purchased by passengers or brought from home.

2:40 - 3:00pm: View Kiama Blowhole

4:00pm: Arrive at accommodation - Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads (Wine tasting upon arrival)

6:00pm: Dinner - Coolangatta Estate Restaurant (3 courses - food only included in price) 

                

 

Day Two - Coolangatta Estate to Central Coast Via Berry


7:30 - 8:30am: Continental breakfast - Coolangatta Estate (included in price)

9:30 - 10:30am: Climb aboard "Bigfoot" & enjoy a scenic tour of Coolangatta Estate as the 4WD tractor-bus makes its way up to the summit of Mt. Coolangatta for beautiful views of the south coast

11:00 - 11:30am: Visit the The Treat Factory, Berry to purchase chocolates & other delicious goodies

11:30am - 2:00pm: Spend time seeing what's on offer at the Berry Country Fair (advertised as being held on the first Sunday of the month), purchase lunch (not included in price) & enjoy having a wander down the main street & explore the shops in Berry

            


5:00-5:30pm: Arrive at Kariong & begin home drop off service  

                   

 

Price per person:  

$340 - Double/Twin Share

$478 - Single

 

Payment:  

To confirm your reservation, a deposit of $100 per person is to be paid within 14 days of booking.

Balance of payment is to be paid 4 weeks prior to departure.

To Book:   Please contact Liam & Alison on 4325 4053 or book online. We will mail (or email, if you prefer) a booking form, itinerary & invoice out to you.
Tour Price Includes:  
  • Home pick up & drop off service for Central Coast passengers (click here to view pick up/drop off area)
  • Return transfers to venues listed in itinerary
  • 1 night's accommodation at Coolangatta Estate
  • 1 x morning tea (Day 1)
  • 1 x three-course dinner (Day 1)
  • Wine tasting at Coolangatta Estate (Day 1)
  • 1 x Continental breakfast (Day 2)
  • 1 hour tour of Coolangatta Estate aboard "Bigfoot"
Tour Price Does Not Include:  
  • Lunch
  • Any other snacks or drinks not listed above
Booking Terms & Conditions:  

Important: The terms, conditions and limitation of liability under which the tour operates are detailed hereunder and the payment of the tour deposit or tour price represents acceptance by the purchaser of the following:-

1. The tours in this brochure are organised and operated by Connect Coaches.

2. To confirm your reservation, a $100 p/p deposit must be received within 14 days of booking. The balance must be paid 4 weeks before departure date. Reservations will only be held until this date unless a prior arrangement has been made with Liam & Alison. Connect Coaches reserves the right to accept waitlist passengers in place of applicants failing to finalise within the prescribed time.

3. Occasionally it may be necessary to alter or amend itineraries, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements from those published. This may be due to road, weather and other operational needs prevailing at the time and is always made in the best interest of your comfort. Any personal expenses incurred by a passenger as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of any tour, whether caused by mechanical defect, strikes or any other cause are the responsibility of the pas­senger.

4. A minimum number of bookings are required to operate a tour and also to ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere. Where sufficient numbers cannot be achieved, the Company reserves the right to cancel a scheduled departure date or tour.

5. Any special passenger requirements must be notified to the Company at the time of booking. No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on the tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of any representative of the Company, such as to render themselves incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers . The Company will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from complet ing the tour for any such reason .

6. Where a tour is cancelled prior to the departure date, according to sections 2 or 3 above or due to an outbreak of Covid-19, we shall endeavor to offer the nearest possible alternative tour (subject to a refund or payment to cover any tour price difference.) or, if this is not acceptable, refund your monies in full.

7. The company cannot guarantee exact arrival and departure times and is not liable for any failure to make connections with any other service or guarantee the operation of any particular  service.

8. The company reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payments have not been received by the company within the times specified. It is a condition of carriage that a passenger has paid all tour monies prior to departure of the tour.

9. Cancellation Fees - The follwing rates only apply to the coach travel component of the tour. Any accommodation or additional travel cancellation costs may be applicable as per their individual cancellation policies:                           

                                 43 - 59 days notice - 100% refund of coach component                                

                                 30 - 42 days notice - 75% refund of coach component

                                  14 - 29 days notice - 50% refund of coach component

                                  less than 14 days notice - 0% refund


 



2021 Three Day Port Macquarie Explorer

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Category:   Short Breaks Tour
Start Time:   8:00 AM
Date:   Thursday 18th March 2021
  Repeating On specific dates
Venue:   Port Macquarie
Phone Enquiries:   02 4325 4053
Email Enquiries:   admin@connectcoaches.com.au
Dates:  

Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th March, 2021 - please contact us on 4325 4053 to be placed on the Reserve List for these dates.

Accommodation:  

 

Country Comfort Waters Edge, Port Macquarie 

Itinerary:  

 


Day One - Central Coast to Port Macquarie:  

Glouster Main Street     Day One - Central Coast to Port Macquarie

    We commence our home pick ups at  8:00am and depart the Central Coast at approximately 9:00am for Port Macquarie.

Our first stop for morning tea will be at Maitland Park at 10:00am  for homemade slices & tea & coffee.

After morning tea, we will continue north via the scenic route through the country towns of Dungog & Gloucester.

Maitland Park 10:00am - 10:30 am

Dungog 11:30am - 12:30pm
Time to look through the shops and purchase lunch

Gloucester - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free time to have a wander

Arrive at Port Macquarie - 4:00pm

             Dinner 6:30 pm

 


 

Day Two - Port Macquarie Sea Acres Rainforest:  

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We spend the day exploring the town of Port Maquarie, starting off the morning with a visit to the the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre.

Many wonders of the rainforest reside above ground level, so getting up into the canopy is the best way to explore it properly. Rising seven metres through the forest understorey to the canopy above, Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk provides the perfect platform for us to experience this busy habitat.

Setting out from Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, we need to look out for rainforest birds, such as the scarlet robin, feeding and nesting in tree branches. We may also spot goannas and other reptiles!


 

 

Day Two - Fish 'n Chip Lunch Cruise:  

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We will spend the afternoon on the popular Fish and Chip 2 hour River Cruise. The cruise takes in the sights of the beautiful Hastings River & your meal will be delivered piping hot to the boat mid-cruise.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Day Two - Port Macquarie Koala Hospital:  

Koala HospitalDay Two Afternoon - Koala Hospital

The Koala Hospital, established in 1973, is an activity of the Koala Conservation Australia Incorporated - a Not-for-Profit Organisation which is recognised world-wide as a peak body which participates in forums for debate on significant policy issues and plays a significant leadership role in research, providing advice and information to Universities and Governments regulating change.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Day Three - Ricardo's Strawberry Farm:  

Ricardo's Strawberry Farm Port MacquarieDay Three Morning - Ricardo's Strawberry Farm

We will call in to Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries and experience the pleasure of picking our own plump, luscious strawberries.
Ricardoes boast 5 varieties of hydroponic strawberries, with over 30,000 plants growing in their greenhouse, and that is in addition to the 8 varieties of tomatoes they grow.

 

 

 

 


 

Day Three - Billabong Zoo:  

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The Billabong Zoo opened in 1986, primarily as a breeding centre for koalas, together with a wallaby and kangaroo hand-feeding area. 

Mark and Danena Stone became the new owners in 2003, with 40 years' experience in the zoo industry and continually put their life and soul into the wellbeing and care of their animals as well as their commitment to growing the zoo's activities and enjoyment for all of their visitors. Family run and operated, this beautiful zoo is filled with a diverse range of Australian and exotic animals and birds that are known as their Ambassadors.

 

 


 

Day Three - Moorland Cottage:  

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Day Three Afternoon - Moorland Cottage

Moorland Cottage in tiny Moorland, a kilometre off the Pacific Highway, claims that they have the best scones on the coast. That's a big call, as it's a long coastline, but after our recent visit, we might have to agree with them! We will enjoy a Devonshire Tea at this well-known spot before heading back to the Central Coast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Payment:  

To confirm your reservation, a deposit of $100 per person is to be paid within 14 days of booking.

Balance of payment is to be paid 4 weeks prior to departure.

Inclusions:  

Tour Includes:

 

Venues:

  • Home pick up & drop off service for Central Coast passengers (click here to view pick up/drop off area)
  • Return transfers to venues listed in itinerary
  • Morning tea (Days 1 & 3)
  • Lunch (Days 2 & 3)
  • Two nights accommodation at the Country Comfort Waters Edge, Port Macquarie
  • Two dinners (Days 1 & 2)
  • Two breakfasts (Days 2 & 3)
 
  • Entrance fee - Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
  • Entrance fee & lunch on board the Fish 'n Chips River Cruise
  • Entrance fee - Koala Hospital 
  • Entrance fee - Billabong Zoo

Tour Price Does Not Include:

Alcohol or any other drinks or snacks not included in the list above
 

Booking Terms & Conditions:  

Terms & Conditions

 

 

Important: The terms, conditions and limitation of liability under which the tour operates are detailed hereunder and the payment of the tour deposit or tour price represents acceptance by the purchaser of the following:-

1. The tours in this brochure are organised and operated by Connect Coaches.

2. To confirm your reservation, a $100 p/p deposit must be received within 14 days of booking. The balance must be paid 4 weeks before departure date. Reservations will only be held until this date unless a prior arrangement has been made with Liam & Alison. Connect Coaches reserves the right to accept waitlist passengers in place of applicants failing to finalise within the prescribed time.

3. Occasionally, it may be necessary to alter or amend *itineraries, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements from those published. This may be due to road, weather and other operational needs prevailing at the time and is always made in the best interest of your comfort. Any personal expenses incurred by a passenger as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of any tour, whether caused by mechanical defect, strikes or any other cause are the responsibility of the pas­senger.

4. A minimum number of bookings are required to operate a tour and also to ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere. Where sufficient numbers cannot be achieved, the Company reserves the right to cancel a scheduled departure date or tour.

 

 

5. Any special passenger requirements must be notified to the Company at the time of booking. No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on the tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of any representative of the Company, such as to render themselves incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers . The Company will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from complet ing the tour for any such reason .

6. Where a tour is cancelled prior to the departure date, according to sections 2 or 3 above or due to an outbreak of Covid-19, we shall endeavor to offer the nearest possible alternative tour (subject to a refund or payment to cover any tour price difference.) or, if this is not acceptable, refund your monies in full.


7. The company cannot guarantee exact arrival and departure times and is not liable for any failure to make connections with any other service or guarantee the operation of any particular  service.

8. The company reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payments have not been received by the company within the times specified. It is a condition of carriage that a passenger has paid all tour monies prior to departure of the tour.
 

 

 

9. Cancellation Fees - The following rates only apply to the coach travel component of the tour. Any accommodation or additional travel cancellation costs may be applicable as per their individual cancellation policies:

                                   43 - 59 days notice - 100% refund of coach component                                 

30 - 42 days notice - 75% refund of coach component

14 - 29 days notice - 50% refund of coach component

less than 14 days notice - 0% refund

 

 


 



Autumn 2021 - Mayfield Gardens & Jenolan Caves

 

Jenolan Caves


 

Category:   Short Breaks Tour
Start Time:   8:00 AM
Date:   Tuesday 20th April 2021
Venue:   Jenolan Caves
Phone Enquiries:   43254053
Email Enquiries:   admin@connectcoaches.com.au
Limited Numbers:  

We have limited the number of passengers due to Covid-19, so book early.

We also plan to run this tour in Spring, 2021.

Price per person:  

Single - $970

Double /Twin Share - $730

Day One:  

 

Day One Proposed Itinerary - Central Coast to Jenolan Caves Notes
7:00am - 8:00am - Morning pick ups  
8:00am Depart Kariong Comfort stop at Thornleigh Macdonalds
9:30 - 10:30am Morning Tea - Glenbrook

Homemade slices/mini muffins & tea/coffee provided by Connect Coaches & time to look at the shops

11:30am - 1:00pm - Lunch - Leura Village Passengers to purchase their own lunch at one of the cafes plus have time to have a wander around the village
1:30 - 2:00pm  Hargraves Lookout Dirt road, so dependent upon road conditions/weather
2:30 - 3:00pm The Lolly Bug Passengers to purchase their own sweets
4:00pm - Arrive at Caves House, Jenolan Caves Accommodation included in price

 


 

Day Two:  
Day Two Information - Mayfield Gardens  Notes 
7:30 - 8:30am Breakfast - Caves House Included in price 
9:00am Depart Caves House for Mayfield Gardens Transfer included
10:00am Arrive at Mayfield Gardens Entance fee to Garden included in price
12:00pm Lunch at Mayfield Gardens Passengers to purchase their own lunch at Mayfield Gardens Cafe
1:00 - 2:30pm Mayfield Gardens  
4:00pm Arrive back at Caves House Accommodation included in price
6:00pm Dinner at Caves House Included in price

 


 

Day Three:  
Day One Information - Jenolan Caves to The Central Coast Notes & Onformation 
8:00am Breakfast Caves House Breakfast included
10:30 - 11:30am Caves visit - Jenolan Caves Cave entrance fee included in price
11:30am - 12:00pm Depart Jenolan Caves Morning tea prior to departure
1:00pm - 2:00pm Blackheath  Lunch to be purchased at one of the cafes at passengers' expense
2:15pm - Depart Blackheath for the Central Coast Driver will return via the Bells Line of Road or the Great Western Hwy, depending on traffic 

 

 


 

Mayfield Gardens Day Two:  

Mayfield GardensMayfield Garden

Mayfield is made up of two main garden areas, Mayfield Garden and the Hawkins' Family Garden together they make up the spectacular, world-class 65-hectare cool climate garden. A labour of love by all who have worked at Mayfield over the years, Mayfield shows high standards of gardening.

 

 

 


 

Day Three:  

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Jenolan's amazing caves are the largest and most spectacular in Australia.  They are situated on the western edge of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  Their caves are the world's oldest - 340 million years. They have fascinating guided tours of several fantastic caves, plus Adventure Caving, and they are open every day of the year. 

 

 

 

 


 



Leura Garden Festival 8th-10th October, 2021

Visit 10 beautiful gardens over two days 

Category:   Short Breaks Tour
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Friday 8th October 2021
Venue:   Blue Mountains
Phone Enquiries:   43254053
Email Enquiries:   admin@connectcoaches.com.au
Accommodation:   To be confirmed
Price:   To be confirmed
Covid-19:   Whether this event proceeds in October 2021 is dependent upon Covid-19 restrictions at the time 
Passenger Numbers:   This event will be limited to 8-12 passengers 
The Braes:  

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The Braes Heritage Garden Estate is adjacent to the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park and lies between an urban environment and a semi-rural one, with views to the Southern Highlands.  Its original land grants were allocated in 1882.

 

 

 


 

Nesuto Leura Gardens:  

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Two gardens will be open during the Festival - the Lady Fairfax and the Margaret Stevens.

Please note there is no charge to view the gardens, however, a donation is requested for attendance at the Music in the Gardens performances held on each of the Festival days.

The garden contains an English oak, scarlet oak, linden tree, many Japanese maples, rhododendrons and azaleas. The wood under the English beech and silver birch is carpeted with bluebells in spring and there is also a stream and rock pool built by Hood.

 


 

Dead End House:  

Lera Gardens - Dead END houseDead End House

This is a garden dominated by trees. As trees often resist discipline, the garden has a natural disobedient air. Running wild under the trees are a host of ground covers - lamium, periwinkle, woodruff, indigofera - and shade loving plants like clivias and hellebores as well as under-tree space fillers such as acanthus, agapanthus and a variety of ferns. A towering deodar and a majestic copper beach mark the entrance to the garden, while to the right is an ancient silver birch in a grove of weeping maples bordered by camellias, pieris and rhododendrons.

Down the gravel drive a tunnel effect is created by a flowering crabapple, rowans and tulip trees on one side and espaliered camellias on the other with a large strawberry tree at the end. Beyond is the formal vegetable garden and a mosaic pergola covered with a wild array of climbing plants - wisteria, pandorea, roses and clematis. Bordering the pergola amidst the acanthus are the most exotic of plants, Mexican lilies, of semi-tropical provenance now flourishing in the time of global warming.

To the right of the strawberry tree is a lawn terrace with maples, a flowering pistachio and two giant cottonwoods. From the terrace, steps, paths and yellow bridges lead down through beds with an eclectic mixture of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, both native and exotic, to a pond covered with water fern and lilies.  Here under the welcome shade of a fine claret ash is another place to relax and contemplate the exuberant garden at DeadEnd.


 

Hill of Grace:  

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The garden was created in the 1970s by Keith Knox, with "crazy paving" stone paths and walls being used to cut across a remarkably steep, east-facing site at the back of the property. The resulting vertical garden is simultaneously beautiful and challenging.

The steep gradient brings the plantings very close to eye level as you walk along, creating a feeling of intimacy which is juxtaposed against the long, distant views into Jamieson Valley and the enormity of the opposing Kedumba Walls.

From the street, mass plantings of clivias welcome visitors. They are the perfect plant for the situation. Planted by Judy Howarth approximately 10 years ago, they work beautifully due to their toughness; coping with the harsh westerly winds of winter and the constant drought conditions created by overhead pine trees. Flowering in full shade, the bright splash of orange works with the house render, both alluding to the natural sandstone colour of the escarpment at sunset.

Most plants within the garden are very mature, with maples, azaleas, rhododendrons and camelias being used extensively throughout the entire garden. Plants in Hill of Grace are kept tightly trimmed to give a very sculpted look, reinforcing the Japanese influence created by the plantings.

The current owners, along with landscape gardener, Dan Townes, have recently renovated the northern courtyard and front garden, adding more azaleas and camelias, a Cercistree and a standard copper beech, lace cap hydrangeas and Japanese plum yews and a Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergia).

 


 

Ewanrigg Garden:  

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Ewanrigg is a garden that encourages visitors to amble and explore its intricate network of pathways and steps while admiring the foresight and talent of its creator and those who have nurtured it since.Over the decades many visitors to Ewanrigg have suggested the strength of the garden is the wisdom of having planted trees in the past that now act as a canopy to a series of lush garden rooms. 

The element of surprise contributes towards a satisfying journey when strolling through Ewanrigg. The planning of the garden must be attributed to Margaret Pratten who, assisted by noted landscape designer, Paul Sorrenson, designed the garden in the 1940s. Sorrenson's influence can be seen in the rock walls, stone paths and bridge spanning the waterway.

In 1978 Mavis and Carl Judd began replanning various domains of the garden, assisted at a very early age by their grandson, Matthew Clark. The garden is currently being restructured by the new owners with the invaluable assistance of renowned arborist, Jessica lawn. The history goes on.    

The word 'magical' is often written in the visitors' book to describe Ewanrigg`s spring garden. True, the garden is at its most brilliant in spring, however, each season offers a unique experience. Autumn arrives with its gold and rust hues; summer offers a myriad of fresh, contrasting green foliage; winter arrives with a cold blast presenting a leafless, skeletal beauty all its own. In all four seasons unexpected seasonal delights appear. The garden is one in which to roam, muse and quietly surrender time.

 


 

Fairways:  

Fairways

Fairways is an established garden built in 1896 as one of Leura's first guesthouses.

The garden was redesigned 18 years ago by Christopher Wallis of Venetiaville Designs. Fairways retained some of the mature trees including one of the Blue Mountains' largest rhododendrens located at the entrance to the property; an English holly, a crabapple and flowering cherries, giving the garden its sense of place and combining the old with the new.


Formal in design, the garden is hidden behind a large cypress hedge and features numerous camellia and buxus hedges, with mature standard flowering cherries and Dissectummaples.


Walking across the bridge and under the crabapple, the pond features three tiered levels built in the ironstone that was uncovered with the garden development, and the rill/creek is planted with hellebores, hostas and variegated sedges.


Walking from the pond through the wisteria walk, the rear gardens are set amongst a magnificent backdrop of large gum trees on the golf course. The garden beds here are in the shade of the handkerchief tree and Himalayan dogwood. Some beds are infull sun and are planted with classic mountain shrubs, including rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, daphnes and lilacs.


Burgundy foliage and silver accent plants are a common theme throughout the garden, creating consistency and flow from one garden 'room' to another. A cercis (Forest Pansy) planted in 2017 is thriving and is a beautiful addition.


 

St Annes:  

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The best-known feature of St Annes has been its front hedge of Cypress pines, which appeared on 'Burkes Backyard' and as an exemplar of its kind in gardening magazines and horticultural manuals.

Behind the hedge lies a woodland garden that celebrates trees: red and white oak, copper beech, cypress, cherry, pine, dogwood, liquidambar, deodar cedars, maple and more.

Established in 1928 by George Whyte, a Scottish orchardist, St Annes is now in the hands of its fourth caretakers. Each family has added to the character of the garden whilst respecting its history.

In the 1950s, Mr Whyte won a prize for his 'miniature garden' and this space has retained the name of the Japanese Garden. The current owners have added a granite basin from Japan and dwarf maples and conifers as a nod to its history.

The Sibiriakoffs added to the stone walls and put in much of the softer planting. Molly Sibiriakoff was a Sydney girl whose husband had fled the Russian Revolution.

They brought Lily of the Valley with them from Paris, planting them in the Woodland Walk.

The Stevensons planted cherry trees along the drive and hundreds of hydrangeas, and built a chook house imagined by a theatre set-designer. They established the bluebell patch and added box hedging.


 

Glenshiel:  

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Glenshiel is about an acre in size and was purchased by the current owners in 2009. 

The garden was a blank canvas with much bush needing to be cleared. It is, therefore, a relatively immature garden with the only original tree, a crabapple, thought to date back to the origins of the house (c1917).

Landscaping commenced in November 2009 with the idea of creating a "typical mountain garden" with interest and colour throughout the year. The garden was planted by landscaper, James Masters.

An Elaeagnus pungens hedge planted on three sides of the property provides a windbreak and privacy and creates the illusion of a walled garden.

Walking up the driveway, the central garden features six Wollemi pines and a striking pearl bush (Exochorda). Beyond that, along the eastern fence line, is the first garden project we undertook, a small parterre garden with a central fountain and rosemary planted diagonally with hydrangeas as a border.

The northern garden has cold climate plantings of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, kalmias and Japanese maples against the backdrop of the neighbours' cypress trees.

On the southern bank of the back lawn, two weeping cherries are surrounded by David Austin roses and tree and herbaceous peonies.

Along the western path is a Royal Frost birch grove underplanted with hellebores and bluebells. The path winds under a red Pierre de Ronsard rose arch and continues through a woodland of cyclamen, hellebores and ajuga.


 

Everglades:  

Everglades

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Everglades is the largest and most famous garden designed by Paul Sorensen, Australia's "Master Gardener". Work began in 1934 after Belgian-born businessman Henri Van de Velde hired Sorensen to oversee work on 13 acres of steeply sloping orchard. Over the next four years, they were joined by a small army of local artisans and labourers, and created a terraced paradise that would become a landmark in garden design. The result of their labours united European Romanticism, 1930's Modernism and the natural magic of the Australian bush.

Eight decades later, Everglades is now maintained by the National Trust and attracts and delights 25,000 visitors each year.

On entering the main gate, you are greeted by a colourful swathe of spring-flowering bulbs, vivid tulip beds, daffodil lawn and drifts of bluebells. Azaleas and rhododendrons are ablaze with colour on the southern slopes, with views of the Jamison Valley beyond.

The studio terrace is home to the original squash court, mirrored by the Reflection Pool, and the stunning garden theatre with its clipped conifer wings and dramatic arched water feature.

On the lower terraces you will find the Art Deco House and the colourful cherry terrace, complete with graceful weeping cherries. A watercourse meanders through the wooded "Glades" area, falling dramatically into the fern-fringed "Grotto" pool below.


 



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