Welcome aboard the Celebrate in Canberra Tour and the beautiful gardens of the Southern Highlands. Today we travel through Albury and along the Hume Freeway to Gundagai and the Dog on the Tuckerbox for our lunch break. The legend of the Dog began in the 1850s with a poem See the ruins of the Old Five Mile Pub. Make our way to our capital, Canberra and visit Cockington Green with its detailed miniature re-creation of an English rural village. We settle in for the Next Three Nights at the Quality Hotel, Dickson. by an otherwise unknown author ‘Bowyang Yorke’, about the partnership of the bullockies who opened up the land to settlers, and the dogs who accompanied them and guarded their possessions.
This morning we enjoy a tour around the Embassies and High Commissions. Then we make our way to Duntroon, the Royal Military College. We then visit the National Carillon which is a striking 50 metre tall architectural landmark. It is also an impressive musical instrument with 55 bronze bells, each weighing between seven kilograms and six tonnes. The National Carillon was a gift of the British Government to the people of Australia in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Capital. We return to our motel where we sit down to a delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Tonight we enjoy a city lights tour with superb views of the city and surrounds from Mt Ainslie and then travel around the city finding the best houses celebrating Christmas.
An exciting day awaits us as we make our way to the beautiful Southern Highlands. We follow the Federal Highway past Lake St George then on to Sutton Forest, enjoy morning tea at the lovely maintained Red Cow Gardens. Red Cow Farm is a unique cool climate garden set on 2.5 hectares, and is one of the leading gardens in the beautiful South Highlands region. It is a garden of beauty and deception. We then visit Eling Forest Estate Winery which is one of the most established and well-known wineries, committed to crafting cool climate wines of rewarding complexity and distinctive taste, lunch is also available at this winery at your own cost. We then travel back to Canberra and visit the War memorial followed by the Last Post Celebration at the end of the day. The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
A relaxing start this morning as we make our way to Yass, then on to Gundagai for our lunch break. Continue along the Hume Freeway where we enjoy another cuppa before making our way home through Albury after a relaxed and enlightening Xmas Tour.