Riverina Rail
Riverina Rail
7 days

Experience 4 Nights on board the Aurora Australis Rail

Overview

Experience the hidden beauty, historic settlements and stunning landscapes of rural NSW on this seven-day adventure along private train tracks on the Aurora Australis Rail. Enjoy fine dining on board, indulge in the Darling Basin’s organic produce and discover the vibrant Blue Mountains and its grandeur before touring all the famous and hidden spots Sydney has to offer.

Australian Destination New South Wales
International Destination
Tour Date 19 to 25 October 2021
Number Of Days 7 days
Tour Price From (per person twin share) $6,595
Tour Cost Adult$0
Tour Price Single Option $260

Holiday Activity Level

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highlights
  • 4 Nights on board the Aurora Australis Rail
  • Historic Goulburn
  • Coolamon Cheese Factory
  • Piccolo Farm
  • Emeri De Bortoli’s Private Garden
  • Temora Rural Muesum and Ambulance Museum
  • Blue Mountains Villages
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
  • Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
  • Sydney Opera House

Pre/post tour transfers (ex Perth, WA)

Airfares and taxes (ex Perth, WA)

6 nights’ accommodation

Off train experiences

14 meals

Tours and attractions

Professional Villa Tour Leader

Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
 
Day 1. Perth to Sydney (D)
Your tour commences with a courtesy home collection and transfer to the Perth Airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney, your Coach Captain will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight: Park Royal, Darling Harbour Sydney
                                                 
Day 2. Sydney – Moss Vale - Goulbun (BLD)   
All aboard! Your Riverina adventure on board the Aurora Australis starts today. Marvel at the Royal National Park and spectacular views of the South Coast to Wollongong before travelling on the freight only line up the Illawarra escarpment, pausing at Summit Tank Railway Station for a rare photo opportunity of the stunning Vista out to Sea. Lunch is served on-board the train today before departing the train onto the Aurora Explorer shuttle bus to explore the sights and historic offerings of Australia’s oldest inland city. Overnight: Aurora Australis

Day 3. Coolamon to Griffith (BD) 
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board while passing intriguing villages before reaching the historic Coolamon Railway Station dated 1881. Spend the afternoon exploring the Coolamon Cheese Factory and museum displays at The Up-To-Date Store, built in 1909 at your own leisure. Upon boarding again, travel along the Yanco to Griffith Line before enjoying a hearty dinner on-board the train at Griffith Station where we will be stabled for the night. Overnight: Aurora Australis

Day 4. Griffith to Temora (BD)  
This morning, meet the Piccolo Family, owners of Limone Dining Restaurant and be treated to a welcoming farmhouse breakfast, sampling organic home grown produce harvested by hand.  Then enjoy an afternoon exploring the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, the Griffith War Memorial Museum, Emeri De Bortoli’s Garden Il Compo, decadent wineries, providores and local shops to experience Griffith’s distinctive food and wine culture. Your private Aurora Explorer bus will return you to Griffith Station where you will travel on the freight only Lake Cargellico Line before enjoying dinner on-board the train at Temora Station. Overnight: Aurora Australis

Day 5. Temora to historic Parkes (BLD)  
Breakfast this morning is on board the Aurora Australis before experiencing Temora. Today, you select your choice of one of two Temora tours. Firstly, you can choose the Aurora Explorer Bus.  This will take you directly to the Bundawarrah Centre which houses the Temora Rural Museum. Spend the morning experiencing the history of the region including a cottage of hardwood slabs that was Sir Donald Bradman’s first home, a one room public school, bush church, country dance hall, printery, flour mill and ambulance station. The Ambulance Museum includes ambulance vehicles and conveyances dating back to 1897 and originating from throughout Australia, including NSW, ACT and Victoria.  Your other option is a visit to the Temora Aviation Museum. Built on the site of the biggest and longest lasting RAAF Elementary Flying Training School during World War II, spend the morning in the three main exhibit buildings, the Museum which is in the original 10 EFTS Guardhouse, the second exhibition area, located in the Engineering Hangar overlooking the aircraft which are currently in maintenance and the display hangar, which houses the new exhibition area along with the aircraft.  Your Aurora Explorer bus will return you to Temora Station in preparation for a 12pm departure. Lunch will be served in the Dining Carriages as we travel on freight only lines via Stockinbingal. Dinner will be served on-board the train at Parkes where we will be stabled for the night. Overnight: Aurora Australis

Day 6. Katoomba and on to Sydney (BD)  
Enjoy breakfast on board as we travel along the Broken Hill Line towards Orange and the Great Dividing Range through the 10 tunnels that replaced the Lithgow Zig-Zag, then cross the Darling Causeway on the way to Mount Victoria. Upon arrival, hop on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to discover the vibrant Blue Mountains at your leisure. Walk out to the edge at Echo Point, see the majestic Three Sisters, witness the incredible waterfalls, visit Everglades Historic House and Gardens then the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum. After a lovely day of exploring we return to Sydney for the evening. Overnight: Park Royal, Darling Harbour Sydney
 
Day 7. Sydney to Perth (B)
After a refreshing rural escape, today soak up everything the beautiful city of Sydney has to offer with a tour of the best kept secrets including famous attractions such as the Sydney Opera House. Enjoy lunch at your leisure before a stunning stroll through the Botanical Gardens and a visit to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. We then bid farewell to Sydney and begin our journey to Perth. On arrival, our courtesy small charter vehicle will be on hand to take you home safely.
 
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