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Price
$2295 per person
Duration
3 Days
Destination
New South Wales

Weekend Escape - October Mudgee

This rarely offered opportunity to travel by private train on the scenic, normally inaccessible Mudgee branch line, and to be wined and dined in true Mudgee-style in a single weekend escape is a treat to remember!
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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.

Some Details

Departure Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Return Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Tour Leader(s)
Scott McGregor and Friends
Extras
Price: $2295 Single Supplement Parklands: $295
Price includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a quality hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, including some drinks (limited to approx. a glass a meal)
  • Comfortable chartered coaches
  • Return train trip from Sydney on the Capertee Valley Explorer special heritage train
  • Winery and Heritage tour(s) with guides
Price does not include
  • All other personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, laundry services, camera fees where applicable
  • Meals and services not mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers to and from Central Station in Sydney
  • Tour Plan
Tour Plan

DAY 1 • Saturday 16 October:

SYDNEY – RYLSTONE – MUDGEE

Waiting at Central Station in Sydney will be your heritage train, “The Capertee Valley Explorer” made up of vintage carriages from the golden days of rail travel in the 1920’s (including lounge and sitting cars). Departing at 8.00am, you’ll head west over the Blue Mountains to Lithgow and Wallerawang where you will swing onto the historic and scenic Mudgee branch line.

All the while, the vistas of the spectacular Capertee Valley will be on show.

In Rylstone you’ll swap your private train for a chartered coach for the short trip to Mudgee, where you’ll check in to your hotel, your home for the next 2 nights.
After a quick freshen-up, we head to dinner at one of Mudgee’s favourite establishments for a fun evening of wine, food and music.

Overnight: Parklands Resort Mudgee (L, D)

Day 2 • Sunday 17 October:

MUDGEE

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we gather to begin a series of adventures. First up are a couple of short tours.

One exploring the history and heritage of the town and another of the surrounding wine growing area.
You’ll have some time for a wander around town and a coffee break before heading out on a choice of excursions: One to Gulgong, the home of a rich collection of museums and gold rush heritage buildings including the new Gulgong Holtermann photographic museum and the vast Gulgong Pioneer’s Museum.

The other excursion will take you to a selection of Mudgee’s wineries to enjoy relaxed tastings from the winemakers.
In the late afternoon we will take a short excursion north to Cooks Gap on the Great Dividing Range for a sunset soiree reception at Scott McGregor’s private and unique railway themed retreat, Ruwenzori.

Perched high on the mountains overlooking the valleys below, Ruwenzori is a collection of vintage railway carriages, restored in the Orient-express style, set amongst themed gardens and memorabilia.
Featured in many travel articles and TV shows, it is a place that he loves to share with special friends. Here, on top of the mountain, you’ll enjoy a Mudgee sunset with canapes and local beer and wine before heading back to your hotel or into town. If you’re interested, you can kick on and enjoy the atmosphere at one of the many venues in Mudgee’s main street.

Overnight: Parklands Resort Mudgee (B, D)

Day 3 • Monday 18 October:

MUDGEE – KANDOS – SYDNEY

This morning we travel by coach to Kandos, a former industrial hub, famous for cement making in the early part of the 20th century.
Here we explore the fascinating museum with its rural, colonial and industrial history before savouring a local morning tea at the old railway station where our train is waiting to depart back down the valley beyond.

Once again, you’ll be served a lovely lunch on board as your heritage train rolls on down the scenic Capertee Valley and over the magnificent Blue Mountains arriving in Sydney in the early evening. (B, L)

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.

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      Mudgee Weekend Escape - October

      Price
      $2295 per person
      Duration
      3 Days
      Destination
      New South Wales

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