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Australia - Steam on Five Gauges Flight Inc

Start 2022 with a 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 first class journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!

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17 days from £4625 (Flight Inclusive Fare)

 

DEPARTS

Sunday 27 March 2022

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 first class 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 1920’s 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

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Australia with Singapore Airlines

  • 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

DAY 1

Sunday 27 March
We depart London Heathrow on the Singapore Airlines morning flight to Singapore.

DAY 2

Monday 28 March
Following a short stop in Singapore we continue our flight to Australia and arrive in Melbourne early evening. On arrival we meet our private coach and transfer for our hotel for the next five nights, the stylish Batman's Hill on Collins.

DAY 3

Tuesday 29 March
After breakfast, the day is ours to relax and explore the fantastic city of Melbourne at our leisure. 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.

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DAY 4

Wednesday 30 March
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! The railway opened in 1884 and is the last remaining fully operational branch line that was used to develop rural Victoria in the late 19th century. When we arrive in Maldon, we have free time to explore historic former gold rush town with its classic turn of the century buildings. We enjoy lunch at leisure and can even sample some real Aussie ale at the Kangaroo Hotel…yes, it really is called that! We return to Melbourne later in the day.

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DAY 5

Thursday 31 March
This morning we travel by local train to Belgrave and a journey aboard the wonderfully preserved 2'6" gauge Puffing Billy Railway. As the turn of century steam locomotive leaves Belgrave, we cross over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge and venture into a fascinating landscape of rainforests dense with lush ferns, towering mountain ash trees overhead, panoramic rural valleys and rolling green hills. When we arrive at Lakeside Station, we enjoy free time to stretch our legs or buy some refreshments before continuing behind a different steam locomotive along the full length of the 25km line to Gembrook and return.

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DAY 6

Friday 01 April
We travel by private coach to Queenscliff for an exclusive steam charter over the 3'6" gauge Bellarine Peninsula Railway to Drysdale and return. Afterwards we travel by road to the Williamstown Railway Museum where we have a private tour of the largest collection of Victoria Railway engines. There are more than 15 different locomotives, ranging from the diminutive F class up to the H class, the largest locomotive to operate in Victoria. We also have an exclusive visit to the nearby Steamrail Victoria Newport Workshops that date back to the 1880's.

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DAY 7

Saturday 02 April
Today we say goodbye to Melbourne and depart on the morning XPT train in first class to our new destination of Sydney, where we arrive in the early evening. There is a café car so we can purchase refreshments on board during our journey. 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. When we arrive in Sydney our base for the next six nights is the stylish Rydges Sydney Central Hotel, conveniently situated just a 5-minute walk from Sydney Central station.

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DAY 8

Sunday 03 April
After breakfast we take another scenic local train ride south along the coast to Albion Park for a private steam charter on the 2ft gauge Illawarra Light Railway. We visit the volunteer operated light railway working museum founded in 1972 and during our guided tour we view the steam and diesel collection that were used on industrial and sugar cane lines. We enjoy lunch before we return to Sydney.

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DAY 9

Monday 04 April
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.

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DAY 10

Tuesday 05 April
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. Your tour manager will advise you on the multitude of attractions available for you to visit in this amazing city including the Lofthus Tramway Museum.

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DAY 11

Wednesday 06 April
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.

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DAY 12

Thursday 07 April
This morning we travel by local 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. During our visit we have lunch and enjoy an exclusive charter of the 1891 Sydney Steam Tram.

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DAY 13

Friday 08 April
Today we bid farewell to Sydney and continue our great Australian rail journey with another scenic rail route from Sydney to Newcastle. Our base for the final three nights is the Ibis Hotel located just a 10-minute walk from the Interchange station.

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DAY 14

Saturday 09 April & Sunday 10 April
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 Richmond Vale Railway. During the steam festival we have tickets included for a steam ride each day, including one of the race trains.

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DAYS 15 & 16

Monday 11 April
Following our fortnight of amazing Australian steam adventures, we depart mid-morning by rail to Sydney to board our late afternoon Singapore Airlines flight to London Heathrow via Singapore.

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DAY 17

Tuesday 12 April
We arrive at London Heathrow in the morning and make our journeys homeward.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

HOTELS

Batman’s Hill on Collins

The Batman’s Hill on Collins is ideally located opposite Southern Cross Station with many of Melbourne’s top attractions located within a 10 minute walk. The hotel offers plenty of meal options with two restaurants and two bars including the aptly named Platform 66 bar! We have booked the comfortable Premiere bedrooms with TV, complementary Wi-Fi, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge and air-conditioning.

 

Naumi Studio Hotel Sydney (previously the Rendezvous Hotel)

The Naumi 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 Sydney’s 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.

 

 

FARE

From London Heathrow Airport:

Standard Economy seats on Singapore Airlines

£4625

Upgraded flight seats on Singapore Airlines

On Request

Ex Melbourne / Sydney (i.e., Ground Only Fare)

£3450

Single Traveller Supplement

£950



 

Flight Numbers & Flight Times

SQ305 27MAR 2022 LHRSIN 0925 -  0530+1

SQ207 28MAR 2022 SINMEL 0745 - 1710

SQ242 11APR 2022 SYDSIN 1805 -  0020+1

SQ306 12APR 2022 SINLHR 0110 -  0745

These are provisional flight times. We will have guaranteed flight times in mid Arpil 2021.

 

Airport Codes:

London Heathrow = LHR Singapore Airport = SIN

Melbourne International = MEL Sydney Airport = SYD

 

Return flights from London Heathrow to Australia with Singapore Airlines

15 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities

Breakfast each day plus 3 lunches

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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