With a well-known and much-revered train at our disposal, the retrorestored Capertee Valley Explorer (also known as East Coast Heritage Rail), made up of vintage heritage carriages, with lounge and bar services. We’ll roll over the Blue Mountains, skirting the magnificent Capertee Valley to the rural idyll of Rylstone with a couple of stops and a sit-down lunch on board in the trains dining cars. Upon arrival in the charming village of Rylstone, you’ll be transferred in comfortable coaches to the historic food and wine lovers’ paradise of Mudgee, where the fun begins. Staying in the best accommodation available, your weekend kicks off with an evening at one of Mudgee’s favourite establishments for a fun evening of wine, food and music. The next day is devoted to exploring the region with tours of Mudgee, either at the heritage Gold Rush town of Gulgong or tastings more wines at the finest wineries of the Cudgegong Valley. We cap off the day with a sunset cocktail reception at Scott’s private Rail-themed retreat, Ruwenzori Your return to Sydney by private train on the Monday completes a very special adventure to one of NSW’s most appealing regional centres.
Allan and his wife Patricia operate a small tour company based in the South Island that began in 1988 and lead tours all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Allan has managed rail tour groups from the USA for the International Railway Travellers Group to both New Zealand and Australia. In addition, Allan is a Train Manager for Dunedin Railways and as such, manages cruise ship and tour trains into the Taieri Gorge and across the South Island.