Garden Clubs of Australia 2019 Convention

The Garden Clubs of Australia have chosen Norfolk Island as the location for the 2019 Convention. Thrilled to be hosting you is the Norfolk Island Gardening Club Inc. They’re confident you’ll have a wonderful time while exploring the Island’s gardens, unique history and varied natural sea and landscapes.

Garden Clubs of Australia 2019 Convention

14 October 2019 - 18 October 2019

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).

 

12 – 19 October 2019 depart Brisbane

From $1229pp twin share 

13 – 20 October OR 14 – 21 October 2019 depart Sydney

From $1279pp twin share

Holiday package ex Brisbane or Sydney includes:

  • Return economy class ‘seat & bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island (no meal)
  • Meet & greet at the Norfolk Island Airport
  • 7 night’s twin share accommodation
  • 7 days car hire per unit including basic insurance
  • Complimentary Mini Golf and A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk
  • Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card

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 pay a $200pp non-refundable deposit to Norfolk Island Travel Centre. Please contact maria@travelcentre.nf for full registration inclusions, information and conditions.

Please note prices are current today and subject to change without notice up until time of final payment and ticketing.

Conditions/Cancellation penalties

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due upon booking. Final payment is due prior to 1 May 2019. 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.

Payment Options
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.