Private Gardens of the Monaro offer exclusive day tours for groups starting early in the morning and travelling down to the Monaro via Cooma and Nimmitabel in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Morning tea, a catered lunch, and afternoon tea, are served at the gardens - Hazeldean, Shirley and Curry Flat. We will tailor the tour to fit your needs, including suggestions for overnight stay if required. Combining a trip to Canberra with a visit south to the Monaro is a great way to visit the region. Why not visit the wonderful National Arboretum in Canberra, along with the National Gallery and Botanic Gardens, then head south for the day to the Private Gardens of Monaro where we will guide you through our gardens and give you a unique and special experience. One of the best times of the year to visit is in Spring during Floriade in Canberra held in September. Visiting our gardens before or following Floriade offers a different, exclusive, and personal day tour down to our magnificent area, when the bulbs and blossom are in full bloom. Autumn on the Monaro is another wonderful season to visit our gardens - being situated in the high country our Autumn brings fabulous colours of reds, yellows and oranges. Seasons here are distinct and varied, with winter bringing occasional snowfalls transforming the landscape and gardens into a white wonderland.
2017 is an exciting time in our region, with the many exhibitions and events happening throughout the year in Canberra and the Snowy Mountains. A combined visit to include Private Gardens of the Monaro and a trip to the magnificent Snowy Mountains would make a wonderful cultural and heritage visit.
2018 sees the National Gallery of Australia present Cartier The Exhibition 30 March – 22 July 2018
A breathtaking collection of the world’s most exquisite jewels, showcasing more than 300 spectacular items. Exhibition themes include Icons of Style, The Age of Glamour and Royal Style with loans from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection itself. Portraits, costumes and film will evoke the glamorous world of the Maison Cartier and it's clients. Never before will so many incredible diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones, in exquisite settings such as royal tiaras, have come to Australia. A combined visit to this amazing exhibition and a visit to Private Gardens of the Monaro offers a varied and unique trip to the region.
We welcome small groups - put together a group yourself and contact us to arrange a visit, or if you are a couple or individual, book on one of our designated self-drive tour dates - in the Spring and Autumn. Go to Book a Private Tour
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Private Gardens of the Monaro by Private Helicopter
For an exclusive and very special experience we can now offer visits to Private Gardens of the Monaro by helicopter from Canberra. Depart Canberra and see the national capital, Namadgie national park and the beautiful Snowy Mountains from the air as you are whisked from Canberra airport to Cooma.
Fly down in comfort and luxury from Canberra over the magnificent Monaro with the back drop of the Snowy Mountains to land at Hazeldean for morning tea and private garden tour, then up and away over the Monaro plains to Shirley for lunch , then 10 minute flight to Curry Flat for garden tour and afternoon tea before boarding your luxury flight back to Canberra in the late afternoon light. Prices available on application. Go to contact
What our visitors say:
"We had a most memorable day. The gardens were superb, the buildings fascinating , the lunch, morning and afternoon teas excellent, and the organisation behind it all deserving of compliment."
- Vernon & Judy Darby, Spring self-drive tour
"Thank you all for showing us your wonderful homes and gardens- a very special treat for us. "
-Chris Day & friends, Spring self-drive tour
"Each garden was a testament to generations of care and love for the land, as well as an interest in finding an Australian aesthetic. Best wishes for the future chapters all your properties will write."
- Sally Mansfield, Spring self-drive tour
"My personal thanks to all those at Hazeldean, Curry Flat and Shirley who made our Botanica visit there such a success. It was a wonderful day, one that our travellers will remember for a long time.
-Judy Horton, RH MAIH HMA, Botanica Guide
"Our ADFAS Travel groups really enjoyed their visits to Hazeldean, Shirley and Curry Flat. The weather, the varying Monaro scenery around your three properties, and the lovely gardens were all spectacular. Both groups commented that it was wonderful to see three such different gardens, all of which were looking wonderful. Thank you for your generous hospitality and welcoming us into your homes." - Dr. Kathleen Olive ADFAS tour leader, Academy Travel
"It was a joy to visit your properties and be given the opportunity to share your beautiful gardens. Impossible to pick a favourite. Each one so special in it's own way. I did love the trees that have been nurtured over many years and the new plantings, Then there was the food! Pineapple cake and chocolate/raspberry brownies, to die for rosemary shortbread biscuits and chicken wraps, and the apple tea cake – all so delicious." Penny Anderssen, ADFAS tour
"Thank you for the lovley tour sharing your homes and gardens."
Becky Hoyt, Florida, Self-drive tour
"Love the beautiful trees, long avenues and homely courtyards. Congratulations!" Jenny, Self-drive tour
"The complete package: gracious hosts, gardens and houses."
Alla, Self-drive tour
"Very beautiful gardens with a very relaxed feel"
Marie & John, Self-drive tour
"Your gardens were voted as the best day we had on the 3 week tour, by the group. A surprise we did not expect. It was such a treat to meet you all and be so well looked after. Very many thanks for your hospitality." UK Garden Lovers tour - Mike Nelhams, tour leader, Tresco Abbey Garden, Scilly Isles, UK.
"This has been the highlight of my first visit to Australia. The history is fascinating, both of the houses and gardens. Well done for taking the bull by the horns and making your garden develop. You've made a statement and it's wonderful! Thank you for inviting me to share the delight of your home and garden."
Hilary, Nova Scotia, Canada.
"Lovely gardens - the landscape reminds me of Scotland on a larger scale". Pat Allen, UK.
"All three gardens and the genuine country hospitality was superb". Val, Stapleton Qld
"Gorgeous gardens. Love the bird habitat and views."
Rosemary Davis, Botanica tour guide
"Delightful". Antony and Raewyn, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand