Garden Cruise to Southern Australia with Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

Feb 7
Including accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

You are invited to join Bonnie-Marie Hibbs on the Travelrite International 2021 Garden Cruise to Southern Australia onboard Queen Elizabeth.

Tour highlights

  • Visit Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby
  • Welcome dinner and formally meet Bonnie-Marie
  • Nooroo Garden, developed over 75 years
  • Join Bonnie-Marie for a workshop on nature photography
  • Explore Inverawe Native Garden and Crawleighwood Garden in Tasmania
  • Enjoy the reconstructed Commandant’s garden and other delightful gardens at Port Arthur.
  • Bonnie-Marie will give a talk on her career in horticulture and the media
  • Visit Cloudehill and Olinda, two amazing gardens located in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Walk through Wychwood Garden and Nursery
  • Game of Garden Trivial Pursuit with prizes for the winners
  • Farewell drinks party
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Queen Elizabeth
Garden Cruise to Southern Australia Map


  • Travel on Queen Elizabeth in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Queen Elizabeth
  • Private activities on board Queen Elizabeth
  • Sightseeing/Garden tours of Sydney, Hobart, Port Arthur, Melbourne and Burnie
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Drinks
  • Tour leadership by Bonnie-Marie
  • Two nights in a four star hotel in Sydney including breakfast
  • Tour management by a Travelrite International Tour Manager
  • Port and handling charges on Queen Elizabeth
  • Cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

Don’t worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. There will be group activities most days. The cruise is fully escorted and will be a great, fun holiday.

The advantages of the Queen Elizabeth Garden Cruise

The cruise is fully escorted and is a fun holiday with plenty of activities. Each evening you can dine with the group at our reserved tables. You will meet a fun group of people with a love of gardens and nature in common, and have a fabulous time!

Queen Elizabeth Deck plans

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth is sleek and contemporary with the most advanced technological features and luxurious appointments. The Queen Elizabeth continues the heritage of cruising of the 1930s and the great Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. The great traditions of fine service, food and entertainment continue better than ever. Enjoy the facilities of the gourmet restaurants, swimming pools, the casino, theatres, the cinema, computer and internet access, the Health and Spa Club, seven bars and much more. Take part in the multitude of daily activities that include numerous lectures on an array of topics, the regular musical performances, ship sports and much more. A voyage on Queen Elizabeth is an experience to be savoured and remembered!

Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

Bonnie-Marie Hibbs is a popular and experienced garden expert, writers and television presenter. She completed Certificate 111 in horticulture in 2012 and was awarded Apprentice of the Year. She has worked in various roles at Gardenworld Nursery since 2013. Her current role is as Gardenworld Ambassador. Bonnie- Marie has been a presenter on the Garden Gurus Channel 9 since 2014. She also freelances as a speaker at flower and garden shows across Australia. She is looking forward to sharing her garden knowledge with you.

Clothing on board Queen Elizabeth

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the formal restaurants. There are some nights at sea classified as formal for dress purposes. Nights in port are classified as informal. During the evening on formal nights, a dinner suit or dark suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is required for the main restaurants. Smart casual attire is required in the public lounges and restaurants.

DAY 1 Sunday 7 February, 2021 Sydney
Tour members will travel to Sydney this morning. The coach will be ready for departure from the airport at 1.00pm. We will travel north to visit the Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby. The gardens are set in a gully full of rich native bush land dominated by Sydney blue gums and are terraced down a steep slope with a dry stone wall of sandstone. There is an area of formal lawn with structured garden beds and an informal bush land area with walking trails. There are a number of waterfalls and other water features and wonderful stone work in the garden. Late afternoon we are transferred to our hotel for check in. This evening we enjoy a Welcome Dinner to formally meet Bonnie-Marie and other tour members.

DAY 2 Monday 8 February, 2021 Sydney
This morning we travel to the Blue Mountains for a visit to Nooroo Garden. Immortalized on a postage stamp, the highest accolade a garden can receive, this garden is a wonderful treasure. The garden was started by William Hay in 1880 and developed by the Valder family over 75 years. As you enter the garden there are tree ferns about 200 years old, Bonnie-Marie will make sure that you get the most out of this inspiring garden. We travel on to Withycombe at Mt Wilson a beautiful and elegant garden. It was begun in 1878 by George Henry Cox and all the original trees are in place. Along the boundaries of the garden there are great stands of different exotic trees. An elegant and restrained formal garden gives way to park like proportions. This garden was owned for many years by the parents of the author Patrick White. We return to Sydney for an evening at leisure.

DAY 3 Tuesday 9 February, 2021 Embarkation
Late morning we will visit Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden. After her husband Brett’s death in 1992 Wendy started clearing the rubbish in the unused railway land in front of her house. She had no idea what she would find, but beneath the rubble there were large Moreton Bay Figs, bamboo and other plants used as the bones for the garden she has created today. We are transferred to the cruise terminal to embark the Queen Elizabeth on this fantastic Garden Cruise. Be up on deck as we cruise Sydney Harbour and out through Sydney Heads.

DAY 4 Wednesday 10 February, 2021 At Sea
The morning will be free to explore the ship. In the afternoon join Bonnie- Marie for a workshop on nature photography. Bonnie-Marie will give you tips on how to make the most of your camera or iphone and answer any questions related to photography.

DAY 5 Thursday 11 February, 2021 Hobart
On arrival in Hobart this morning we visit the Inverawe Native Gardens. Inverawe is the largest landscaped native garden in Tasmania, and contains 8500 Australian native plants – most of them Tasmanian. Enjoy strolling through 22 acres of colorful gardens, taking in the stunning views of the Bay and listening to the local birds. After time for lunch we will continue to the Crawleighwood Garden. This wonderful two hectare garden nursery is nestled in the picturesque hills at Nicholls Rivulet near Cygnet in the beautiful Huon Valley. The garden features lush rhododendron woodland and rainforest with myrtles, rare and unusual plants, a wide variety of deciduous trees including maples, meandering paths, stone walls and a Gondwanan arboretum. We return to the ship for an evening at leisure.

DAY 6 Friday 12 February, 2021 Port Arthur
Today we visit the ruins of the infamous penal settlement at Port Arthur. We will have a guided tour of the gardens of the site. We will enjoy the reconstructed Commandant’s garden and other delightful gardens at Port Arthur. We visit the gorgeous early 20th century garden and orchard at Trentham cottage.

DAY 7 Saturday 13 February, 2021 At Sea
We have a free day at sea today to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship. In the afternoon Bonnie-Marie will give a talk on her career in horticulture and the media and answer any questions you might have.

DAY 8 Sunday 14 February, 2021 Melbourne
Today we travel to the Dandenong Ranges to visit two amazing gardens. We first visit Cloudehill where a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms are set within woodlands of historic cool climate trees. We will have an included lunch here as the food is as good as the gorgeous views. This afternoon we travel to Olinda, the home garden of Phillip Johnson. Phillip’s spectacular design for Fleming’s Nurseries won Best Garden in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. His gorgeous home garden has a sustainable billabong that doubles as a chemical free swimming pool. Beautifully positioned walkways meander through the garden featuring many indigenous plants.

DAY 9 Monday 15 February, 2021 Burnie
This morning we arrive in Burnie and enjoy a highlight garden visit to Wychwood Garden and Nursery. It has been designed with fluid lines and sensuous curves. Borders full of perennials, old and new species roses and grasses are found within these boundaries. There is also a productive fruit and vegetable garden and a heritage apple orchard. Later we visit Old Wesleydale, a peaceful English garden abounding with hedges and walls, productive potager and lovely vistas. Features include a walled garden, picking garden and glass house, the terrace garden and new aviary building, ha-ha wall, Lake Walk and sculptured elephant hedge. We return to the ship late afternoon.

DAY 10 Tuesday 16 February, 2021 At Sea
Today you are free to enjoy some of the many activities available aboard Queen Elizabeth. Why not enjoy a spa or massage in the Wellness Centre, take a relaxing swim, an exercise class at the gym or play quoits or shuttle board. In the afternoon, join Bonnie-Marie for a game of Garden Trivial Pursuit. We will divide the group into teams to compete in answering garden questions with prizes for the winners. We will enjoy a farewell drinks party to celebrate the wonderful garden cruise we have enjoyed.

DAY 11 Wednesday 17 February, 2021 Disembark/Sydney
This morning we arrive back into Sydney. Tour arrangements conclude.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
IE Inside Forward/Aft 4,5,6,8 $4,790 $6,240
ID Inside Aft 5,6,7 $4,850 $6,305
GC Inside Midships $1 $4,890 $6,370
FB Oceanview Midships* $4 $4,990 $6,565
EC Oceanview Midships/Aft $1 $5,050 $6,670
EB Oceanview Midships $1 $5,095 $6,735
BE Balcony Forward/Aft $7 $5,590 $7,150
BD Balcony Aft 5,6,7 $5,650 $7,650
BB Balcony Midships 5,6,7,8 $5,790 $7,880
BA Balcony Midships 5,6,7 $5,890 $8,015
A2 Club Balcony Midships 8 $6,590 $9,215
A1 Club Balcony Midships 8 $6,690 $9,385
P1 Princess Suite 7,8 $7,795 $12,555
Q4 Queens Suite 7 $9,595 $15,745
Included port & handling charges $340 $620
Included cruise gratuities $131 $131


  • Travel on Queen Elizabeth in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Queen Elizabeth
  • Private activities on board Queen Elizabeth
  • Sightseeing/Garden tours of Sydney, Hobart, Port Arthur, Melbourne and Burnie
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Drinks
  • Tour leadership by Bonnie-Marie
  • Two nights in a four star hotel in Sydney including breakfast
  • Tour management by a Travelrite International Tour Manager
  • Port and handling charges on Queen Elizabeth
  • Cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities


  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately
  • Drinks on board (excepting the drinks party)
  • Lunches when not on the ship


All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

Flights to Sydney – Please talk to our travel consultant about flights


Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Queen Elizabeth is operated by Cunard Cruises and the fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the 2021 brochure. All passengers must complete the cruise personaliser on the Cunard Cruise website and complete and sign the Travelrite International booking form.

A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.

CANCELLATION CHARGES: Number of days before departure.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 75% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

The cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

Travelrite International Pty Ltd is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with this cruise, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any cruise and/or make such changes in the cruise as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of Cunard Cruises cruise passage contract, detailed on the Cunard Cruises website.

Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

You engage Travelrite to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Travelrite may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Travelrite reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Travelrite your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required

Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Telephone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.