New for 2020 and the trip of a lifetime for any dedicated steam enthusiasts! Our escorted rail holiday to Australia boasts six steam railways including four exclusive charters, three railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, a journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!
Sunday 5 April 2020
Discover the historic Victoria Goldfields Railway
Travel across the Creek Trestle Bridge on The Puffing Billy Railway
Exclusive steam charter at Bellarine Peninsula Railway
Explore the Steamrail Victoria Newport Workshops
Travel from Melbourne to Sydney on the XPT
Scenic train ride into the Blue Mountains
Ride on the steepest passenger railway in the world!
Private steam charter at the Illawarra Light Railway
Guided tour of the huge locomotive collection at the New South Wales Railway Museum
Travel in style with a private vintage 1920s railmotor ride
Photo run-pasts and exclusive steam charter from Thirlmere to Buxton
Exclusive charter of the 1891 Sydney Steam Tram
Scenic rail route north from Sydney to Newcastle
Two days and two steam journeys at the incredible Maitland Steam Festival
Free time for sightseeing in Melbourne and Sydney
We depart London Heathrow on the Singapore Airlines morning flight to Singapore.
DAYS 2 & 3
We fly from Heathrow via Singapore to Melbourne (or fly independently from regional airports) and have five nights at the Holiday Inn on Flinders. After an evening arrival we commence our tour with a leisure day to explore Melbourne. Options include the free "Circle Tram" tour of the city plus, the inner-city trams are also free. Our tour manager will advise on evening tram riding options and restaurant locations in the city.
Today we take the train to Castlemaine. Here we board the 5'3" gauge Victoria Goldfields Railway steam locomotive and enjoy a return journey across the former Goldfields to Maldon, we may even spot a kangaroo or two during the journey! When we arrive in Maldon, we have free time to explore historic former gold rush town with its classic turn of the century buildings.B
Travel by local train to board the wonderfully preserved 2'6" gauge Puffing Billy Railway featuring amazing scenery of rainforests dense with lush ferns, towering mountain ash trees overhead, panoramic rural valleys and rolling green hills. Using two steam locomotives we travel the full length of the 25km line to Gembrook and return.B
An exclusive steam charter over the 3'6" gauge Bellarine Peninsula Railway to Drysdale and return. Continuing by road to the Williamstown Railway Museum where we have a private tour of the largest collection of Victoria Railway engines. Railtrail also have an exclusive visit to the nearby Steamrail Victoria Newport Workshops that date back to the 1880's.B
We depart on the morning XPT train to Sydney. Our route takes you through the city of Wagga Wagga and features a spiral of engineering greatness, as well as a glimpse of rural Australia. Our base for six nights) in Sydney is the stylish Rendezvous Hotel close to Central station.B
This morning we enjoy a two-hour train ride to Katoomba in the stunning Blue Mountains for a visit to Scenic World. Here we can journey on the Scenic Railway that has been operating since 1945 and discover the thrill of riding on the steepest passenger railway in the world! This unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest and descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel. During our day we can also enjoy a stroll along the elevated 2.4 km Walkway, travel on the Cableway and view the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway, the largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere with 360° views of the Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.B
By train to Albion Park for a private steam charter on the 2ft gauge Illawarra Light Railway and we view the steam and diesel collection that were used on industrial and sugar cane lines.B, L
A fascinating and unique rail experience awaits us today! Firstly, we travel by rail to via Campbelltown to Picton where we have a private vintage 1920's railmotor ride from the main line station over the branch to the New South Wales Railway Museum at Thirlmere. After a guided tour of the huge collection of 38 steam locomotives, we view the operating roundhouse and enjoy a group lunch. We then enjoy an exclusive steam charter over the 14 km old main line to Buxton and return with a photo run-by included. We are part of a very elite club today as this line only sees steam four or five times a year! Following our very memorable day we return in style by vintage railmotor to Picton before boarding our return train back to Sydney Central.B, L
Today we enjoy a day at leisure to explore the many famous attractions stunning Sydney has to offer. Using our included "Opal" transport pass we can travel on the local trains, tramway and ferries from Circular Quay with great views of the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Why not visit the Tramway Museum at Loftus?B
By train to Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum located on the site of a 1914 railway roundhouse. The museum exhibits the fascinating history of the main western line and is also home to the Steam Tramway & Preservation Society including an exclusive charter of the 1891 Sydney Steam Tram.B, L
Our Australian Steam on Five Gauges rail journey continues with another scenic rail route from Sydney to Newcastle for three nights at the Ibis Hotel a 10-minute walk from the Interchange station.B
We enjoy two full days at the incredible Maitland Steam Festival featuring mainline steam with two or three engines in action over three different routes, the Great Train Race with steam trains chasing each other, traction engine rally, stationary engines, street market and coach trips to the nearby Hunter Valley steam railway. During the steam festival we have tickets included for a steam ride each day, including one of the race trains.B
Following our fortnight of amazing Australian steam adventures, we depart mid-morning by rail to Sydney, connecting onwards by train to Sydney Airport for the late afternoon Singapore Airlines flight via Singapore.
We arrive into London Heathrow in the morning.
Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
The Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is ideally located just 200m away from Southern Cross Station and within the Free Tram Zone and has a great selection of dining options and attractions close by. The hotel offers great facilities including restaurant, bar, outdoor heated pool and gym. The comfortable bedrooms have pillow top beds, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, in-room safe and air-conditioning.
Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central
The Rendezvous Studio Hotel combines contemporary style with an excellent city centre location, sitting opposite Railway Square and Central Station. The hotel is within close walking distance of Darling Harbour, Surry Hills and Chinatown, all of Sydneys iconic attractions are within easy reach. The hotel has a bar and restaurant. All bedrooms are well equipped with safety deposit box, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, TV, air-conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities.
Ibis Hotel Newcastle
Located in Newcastle West, the Ibis hotel is situated within two miles of Merewether Beach and Newcastle Beach. The hotel is conveniently located approximately 10 minutes walk from Newcastle Interchange Station. All bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. Please note Wi-Fi is chargeable at the Ibis Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar.
From London Heathrow Airport:
Standard Economy seats on Singapore Airlines and standard rail travel
Upgraded flight seats on Singapore Airlines
Fare joining Melbourne & leaving Sydney (Ground Only Fare)
Single Traveller Supplement
Flight Times: 5th April 2020 - depart - London Heathrow 1125 hrs - Arrive Singapore 0730+1 hrs
6th April 2020 - depart - Singapore 1100 hrs - Arrive Melbourne 2025 hrs
20th April 2020 - depart - Sydney 1805 hrs - Arrive Singapore 0020+1 hrs
21st April 2020 - depart - Singapore 0110 hrs - Arrive
London Heathrow 0745 hrs
Return flights from London Heathrow to Australia with Singapore Airlines - for those booking the Flight Inclusive Package only*
14 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities
Breakfast each day plus 3 lunches
All excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
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