Garden Clubs of Australia 2019 Convention
12 October 2019 - 21 October 2019Price
from $1349 pp twin shareDetails
The theme for the conference is 'Gardening Norfolk Island-style: Convicts, Community and Coral'. As the title suggests, there's so much to explore during the Convention as well as enjoying a Norfolk Island holiday.
Holiday Package Inclusions
Join us on Norfolk Island for the Garden Clubs of Australia 2019 National Convention on Norfolk Island.
Gardening Norfolk Island Style: Convicts, Community and Coral
Norfolk Island – so many gardening reasons!
From coast to coast subtropical Norfolk Island features rolling green hill sides, quaint winding roads to explore and behind the hedges treasure troves of beautiful gardens that range from hibiscus fringed palm and croton beauties, to those featuring conventional roses and day lilies, and original convict style gardens and buildings from the Georgian era.
Norfolk Island is located almost mid-distance between the Australian mainland and New Zealand and it is this isolation that has resulted in it being an incredible destination for anyone interested in gardening. The island is home to not only the ubiquitous and endemic Norfolk Island Pine, (Araucaria heterophylla) but also another 51 endemic plants and 174 natives.
The waves of people who came to make the island their home all bringing their own plants, adds to the complexity and heritage of the Island’s plants. From c1300 Polynesians arrived introducing bananas, followed by the 1788 first British arrivals to establish an agricultural settlement. In 1856 the island became home to the Pitcairn Island descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian wives.
Heirloom varieties can be found in many island gardens – we wonder if some of the Rugosa roses found here date from the first settlement (1788-1814). In the garden of one house on Quality Row located in World Heritage listed Kingston, you’ll find a hibiscus bush that is at least 150 years old.
In the Botanical Gardens and National Parks you’ll be able to view four endangered and endemic plant species: Norfolk Abutilon (Abutilon julianae), Phillip Island Hibiscus (Hibiscus insularis), Popwood (Myoporum obscurum) and Broad Leaf Meryta (Meryta latifolia).
Holiday Package Prices
Please note GCA Members Registration is an additional $395pp and for Partners and Friends $195pp. To register it is necessary for GCA members to send booking forms and full payment is due to Norfolk Island Travel Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for full registration inclusions, information and conditions.
Terms and Conditions
Please note prices are current today and subject to change without notice up until time of final payment and ticketing.
Please note full payment is now due upon booking. Airfare is subject to availability and non-refundable after issue. Changes are permitted until day before departure however date/route changes can only be made within 7 days travel dates either side of your original booked travel dates. Amendments, upgrades and name changes are NOT permitted within 24 hours prior to departure. Payment of a change fee (per passenger) applies plus any applicable upgrade fees to cover the difference between the original fare and the new fare. Accommodation cancellation penalties apply within 90 days prior to travel. Within 60 days of travel, up to 100% cancellation fees may apply. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you in some instances for unforeseen cancellation.
Prices shown are in Australian dollars unless otherwise stated (New Zealand prices indicated by NZ$ prefix). Prices are valid for payment by personal or bank cheques or by direct deposit into Norfolk Island Travel Centre client trust account. If you prefer to pay by Visa or Mastercard please note credit card surcharge of 1.5% applies to AUD prices.
A word from your dedicated travel agent - Maria
Did you see the article on Music Valley in the current issue of Our Garden? This is one of the properties you’ll be visiting – and it really is a magical place.
Due to the high level of interest in this Convention, I would urge you to make contact with me as soon as you can to ensure your first available choice in accommodation is confirmed.