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Enjoy eight days of steam, including exclusive charters, plus some memorable rail journeys on the XPT, Tilt train and the renowned "India-Pacific". Our fifth tour to Australia will cover new territory, as well as the regular visit to the incredible Maitland Steam Festival - an event not to be missed.
DAY 1 FRIDAY APRIL 20: Arrivals into Adelaide, stay four nights at the Mercure Hotel situated near the rail station. If arriving in the morning then take a relaxing afternoon excursion by tram to the beach at Glenelg.
DAY 2 SATURDAY APRIL 21: Depart by private coach from the hotel travelling north to Port Augusta for a ride over a remaining portion of the old 3'6" gauge "Ghan" railway. Hauled by one of the original "Ghan" steam locomotives our 39km trip takes us to the outback town of Quorn where there is time for lunch in a typical "pub" and a visit to the workshop. After photographing the train heading back to ort Augusta we depart by private coach to Adelaide.
DAY 3 SUNDAY APRIL 22: By private coach to Goolwa for a morning two-hour exclusive charter along the mighty Murray River on board the 1908 wooden paddle steamer "Oscar W" followed by a steam train ride over the broad gauge (5'3") line to Victor Harbour plus a horse drawn tram ride over the causeway and bridge.
DAY 4 MONDAY APRIL 23: Travel by local rail service to National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide where . you can see engines from thee gauges. We also have a special charter train using 3'6" gauge steam locomotive "Peronne" of 1919. Enjoy some free time in Port Adeliade - perhaps visit the adjacent Aviation Museum, the Maritime Museum, take a cruise on the river or relax over a drink at one of the historic hotels.
DAY 5 TUESDAY APRIL 24: Transfer to Adelaide Parklands rail station and board mid morning departure of the classic and famous "Indian-Pacific" train bound for Sydney. Travelling in Gold Class includes two-course lunch and three-course dinner in the stylish Queen Adelaide Restaurant and access to the Outback Explorer Lounge. Twin cabins feature en-suite toilet, shower and wash-basin (single cabins have a washbasin but toilet and showers are at the end of each car)
DAY 6 WEDNESDAY APRIL 25: After full cooked breakfast in the restaurant car we arrive into Sydney mid morning. Our hotel is just across the square from the station. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Sydney - Circular Quay and the Bridge, Darling Harbour and much more.
DAY 7 THURSDAY APRIL 26: Morning Countrylink diesel railcar from Sydney to Canberra for a special standard gauge steam charter train to Queanbeyan and return using 4-6-0 No. 3016 of 1914. Return by diesel railcar later in day to Sydney
DAY 8 FRIDAY APRIL 27: By local electric train service into the Blue Mountains to Valley Heights for another excusive charter of the superb 1891 steam tram engine and the Stephenson 0-6-0T. There is a "ladies" option to visit Katoomba for the Sky-Rail cable way offering incredible views over the Blue Mountains (Sky-rail payable locally). Later in the day return to Sydney for our luggage and continue over another scenic rail route to Wickham near Newcastle for three nights stay.
DAY 9/10 SATURDAY/SUNDAY APRIL 28-29: Two full days at the Maitland Steamfest with even more action. At least three engines in steam with regular runs over the main lines to Branxton and Paterson plus we shall be on board one of the steam trains on the amazing chase on Sunday morning over the four track mainline to Maitland. We have included a return steam ride and the chase in the tour cost. In addition there will be a vintage railmotor providing trips, traction engines in action, stands, exhibits, excursions to the Richmond Vale steam line and much more over the two day event.
DAY 11 MONDAY APRIL 30: Morning departure by XPT train from Broadmeadow north through New South Wales to Casino, then coach connection to Brisbane in Queensland.. Overnight at the Holiday Inn, right at the station.
DAY 12 TUESDAY MAY 1: Travel by local train to Ipswich for a visit to the steam restoration workshop and museum before taking the afternoon 3'6" gauge Tilt train to North Gympie - a three and a half hour run. Stay two nights at the Royal Hotel.
DAY 13 WEDNESDAY MAY 2: A full day 80km ride behind steam on the "Mary Valley Rattler" travelling via outback towns and villages (opportunity to sample the local cheeses and wines or a look in at the Wednesday markets) til we reach Imbil where the engine is turned. We arrive back at Gympie later in the afternoon.
DAY 14 THURSDAY MAY 3: Early morning Tilt train from North Gympie to Brisbane connecting onwards by rail to the airport for flights home.