Steam and Blooms

Winter might be coming, but there’s nothing like the promise of sunshine and pretty blooms to get you through those cooler days.
Every year, Toowoomba celebrates its reputation as the Garden City with the most spectacular display of spring flowers during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The longest running floral event of its kind in Australia, dating back to 1950, visitors travel far and wide to see the city’s gardens in full bloom. And it’s not just beautiful flowers that attracted over 140,000 people last year. Cue delicious local food and wine, show rides and live music from some of the country’s top performers.
Combine this with some incredible steam train journeys, and what do you have? A tour that has something for both partners!

The first railway between Sydney and Brisbane via the scenic New England route has been closed for decades. However, part of this iconic line, in Queensland, is still maintained and occasionally an incredibly special rail tour brings it to life.

This adventure centres on a spring-time excursion along this historic and dramatic railway. It takes you across Southern Queensland’s Granite Belt from Brisbane to Warwick and then to Toowoomba by special steam train for the stunning Carnival of Flowers festival.  The journey incorporates tours in cities and towns along the way including Dalby, Maryborough, and Gympie, as well as explorations of exquisite national parks and mountains. Visit award-winning museums, grand old country homesteads, and, of course, some of Australia’s most spectacular parks and gardens in the flush of spring. Delicious meals, comfortable accommodation, a cast of interesting characters and plenty of intriguing stories complete this compact adventure along the route of an icon of Australia’s rail history.

Springtime Steam Spectacular to the Carnival of Flowers and Beyond – 22 – 30 September 2021 • BRISBANE • WARWICK • TOOWOOMBA • DALBY • MARYBOROUGH • GYMPIE •

Scott McGregor’s Railway Adventures tour is more than just a holiday, it is a unique way to experience the world. By train you are completely immersed in culture and adventure, exploring the most scenic corners of the world in the comfort of a luxury train. Whether you are an experienced traveller or just beginning to explore this wonderful world, Railway Adventures has something for everyone. Transform your holiday into the most unforgettable adventure of a lifetime with Railway Adventures.

Call 1300 800 977 now to request a brochure on our domestic tours in 2021.

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