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Where can you visit a traditional English village and European castles, a Serbian Orthodox church, a huge collection of bonsai, a town famed as a film set and see wonderful glassworks created? The answer is not in the UK, the Balkans, Japan, Hollywood or Venice but in Canberra and its surrounds!
See a different side of our Nation’s Capital as we enjoy new experiences on our in-depth exploration of Canberra and the beautiful regional town of Braidwood*. Join CFT and like-minded people for a most memorable holiday, full of fun and fellowship.
The CFT Team
*Braidwood traditionally holds its wonderful “Airing of the Quilts” festival in November and our tour is scheduled to coincide with this regional festival (event is yet to be confirmed)
Canberra was once derided as “a waste of a good sheep paddock” but it is an interesting and vibrant city offering unique experiences to those of us in the know. Our delightful holiday begins as we depart Sydney to travel south, stopping for lunch in the historic town of Goulburn.
The Federal Highway takes us through a rural landscape with paddocks, once full of sheep, now dotted with wind farms.
We drive past Lake George and cross into the Australian Capital Territory, checking in to the 4 star Canberra Rex Hotel, located close to the heart of the city and on the light rail (tram) route for ease of access. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool so don’t forget to bring your swimmers if you want to enjoy a dip.
This afternoon we will meet interstate passengers and enjoy a City Orientation Tour culminating with a spectacular view over Canberra from Mt Ainslie; from this elevation you can really appreciate Walter Burley Griffin’s unique master plan for what was to be a completely new city.
Tonight, we will enjoy our first group meal together.
Note: Interstate passengers will fly direct to Canberra for unescorted transfer to the Canberra Rex Hotel. Lunch at own choice and cost.
As a modern capital city, Canberra has an international reputation for its unique landscape, a combination of the site’s natural beauty augmented by its large man-made lake and mass plantings of literally millions of trees and shrubs. As we drive around today we should still see vestiges of the colourful, late spring flowering trees like Jacaranda and Rhododendrons.
Today we go in search of “Hidden Canberra”, first visiting the intriguing All Saints Church. Once the mortuary train station at the Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney, this 1860’s building was shifted brick-by-brick and transformed into a church (the centre aisle is where the railway line once went into the building!). Keep an eye out for the interesting symbolism of the architecture that includes 7 sets of pillars, 52 separate arches and 365 engravings (number of the days in the week / weeks in a year / days in the year).
We also visit St John the Baptist Church in Reid; built in the 1840s it is the oldest church in Canberra and also the oldest building within Canberra’s city precinct. Learn about the European settlers who first came to this region on a tour of the adjoining Old Schoolhouse and the historical cemetery.
We cross Lake Burley Griffin to enter “Parliamentary Canberra” with its many official buildings; we drive past many Embassies and Legations, the varied architecture reflecting the cultural traditions of each different country they represent.
We stop off at the breathtaking Serbian Orthodox Church, a replica of an ancient Serbian village church featuring incredible murals; the biblical scenes that cover the walls and ceiling are the result of one man’s 16-year long labour of love.
Finally, a visit to the historic Kingston Power House takes us on a journey of all things glass as we enjoy a guided tour of the Canberra Glassworks. This contemporary glass centre is the only one of its kind in Australia and here we can watch professional glass artists at work, see exhibited works and browse the gift shop.
This afternoon you will have some free time to explore at leisure – stroll through Civic and browse the shops and cafes or you may like to take a light rail ride from outside our hotel.
Later we will return to our hotel for a delicious dinner after a most enjoyable day.
We are off to Braidwood, one of the prettiest towns in the state. Once a vital centre during the gold rush era, Braidwood has retained its charming colonial buildings and rustic streetscape which led it to be the first entire town to be listed on the NSW State Heritage register.
You may recognise it as the backdrop for iconic Australian films such as ”Ned Kelly” (starring Mick Jagger), ”The Year My Voice Broke” and ”Flirting” as well as earlier classics such as “On our Selection” and the 1920’s “Robbery under Arms”. It is a hub for artists, potters, ironworkers, craftspeople and designers so you will find many quirky boutiques and galleries.
We are also hoping to join in the fun of the Festival of Braidwood and Airing of the Quilts (due to Covid this event has not yet been confirmed).
Traditionally celebrated with hundreds of quilts adorning the main street, Quilt and Craft Markets, craft and fabric sales, demonstrations, antiques, open gardens, a classic car show and more and if it proceeds it will be the 25th year.
We return to our modern Capital after an enjoyable “time-traveling” journey to this historic and picturesque town.
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This morning we travel a short distance to the outskirts of Canberra to a small, rural church in Sutton where we will enjoy worship with the local congregation. Sutton itself is over 150 years old and the Foundation Stone of this church connects it with the Diocese of Calcutta, India.
Then it is off to the famed model village of Cockington Green – wander around the original site, a traditional English Village in miniature, complete with cricket field, railway and many other wonderful minature marvels, as well as the newly added International Display – its European “fairytale” castles are sure to delight!
After Cockington Green we will drive out to the wonderful National Arboretum; a mosaic of living forests and gardens planted after the devastation of the area during the 2003 Bushfires. With breathtaking views, and over 44,000 rare and endangered trees across 250-hactares, the Arboretum is a place of beauty, conservation, science research, education, tourism and recreation. This tribute to trees is not to be missed.
We will do a guided driving tour of the large site and view the incredible National Bonsai collection; approximately 75 exhibits are on display at any one time and you will be amazed at these traditional and modern living art works, some of which are over 100 years old.
We step out for dinner tonight – a surprise destination!
Get ready to explore the very best of the National Museums at your own pace; we have designed a private “Hop on Hop off” circuit that will operate on a continuous loop around the sights so you can plan your own day.
Starting from the hotel, the loop will include the National Museum of Australia, the National Library, Questacon, National Art Gallery, Old Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial.
The bus will come past each of these stops on a timetable and every circuit returns to the hotel. NOTE – General entry to each of these museums is free with the exception of Questacon (the truly terrific National Science & Technology Centre). Special exhibitions at the Museum / Gallery will entail a separate entry fee – details of any exhibitions will be available closer to the date.
Dinner tonight will be at Pancakes – Lovely! This will be at your own choice and cost – which means you don’t have to eat your greens before you have a pancake! An enjoyable and varied day’s activities
No visit to Canberra would be complete without a visit to our National Parliament building and a guided tour which includes the back rooms of Parliament House as well as the main chambers (we may even have a ringside seat to a Parliamentary sitting).
After our “peek behind the political curtain” it is time to start heading home – we farewell new friends from interstate and then travel north on the coach.
Interstate people will connect in Canberra with flights home.
Enjoy a lunch stop in Goulburn at the locally famous Paragon. This will be at your own choice and cost – you may elect to have a sandwich or a beautiful meal. They have an amazing range on offer. Our drive will bring us back to Sydney in the late afternoon.
We have enjoyed a truly “Capital” time in Canberra and return home with warm memories of shared experiences and connection with like-minded people.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|From Sydney||Coach Departs Sydney||$2,350||$2,830|
|From Melbourne||Return Flights Melbourne - Canberra||$2,850||$3,330|
|From Brisbane||Return Flights Brisbane - Canberra||$2,950||$3,430|
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