Price
$3,975 per person
Duration
6 Days
Destination
New South Wales
5 Reviews
5 out of 5

NORTH BY NORTH WEST

A NORTHERN NSW ODYSSEY BY PRIVATE TRAIN

• WAUCHOPE • PORT MACQUARIE • ARMIDALE • WERRIS CREEK • COONABARABRAN • MUDGEE • GULGONG •
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From coast to inland plains, volcanic ranges and classic country towns this adventure celebrates the variety that the northern regions of NSW have to offer the Railway Adventurer. From the window of your trains and coach, an ever-changing vista of our coastal and country landscapes will be on show. For most of the tour you will be rolled along on rarely visited country rail lines on board a comfortable classic 1960’s heritage doubleended Railmotor, the pride of the fleet at the volunteer-run Rail Motor Society at Paterson in the Hunter Valley. We will visit them along with a wonderful long list of special museums, homesteads, and observatories together with charming country cities, towns and villages.

The route we take begins with the boarding of our Railmotor for the journey up the coast to the popular holiday city of Port Macquarie. We introduce the legacy of the timber industry and the associated connection with narrow gauge railways at Wauchope before ascending the ranges via Bellingen to Dorrigo and along the Waterfall Way to Armidale. The New England is a land unto itself with Armidale it’s unofficial capital. Fine homesteads, churches, schools and wineries grace this wealthy city.

We continue our cross country rail journey down the tablelands via the grand junction station of Werris Creek to the sleepy former railway hub of Binnaway. The Warrumbungle Ranges are on hand for us to explore, just west of Coonabarabran, with their ancient towering volcanic plugs, unique native bush, and world class observatories.

Down the old Mudgee branch line is Dunedoo and then Gulgong where we settle for a couple of nights in the heart of this heritage listed Goldrush town. Enjoy side trips to historic Mudgee, and award winning wineries and restaurants before capping it off with a sunset soiree at Ruwenzori Retreat, Scott McGregor’s private mountain top hideaway. The last day takes us on the normally inaccessible freightonly line down the Goulburn, Bylong and Hunter Valleys to Sydney. Thus Completing a wonderful adventure taking you North by North West across a great chunk of country and coastal NSW.

Some Details

Departure Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Return Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Tour Leader(s)
Scott McGregor and Friends
Extras
Price: $3975 Single Supplement: $445
  • Tour Plan
Tour Plan

  • Travel northern NSW on your privately chartered railmotor
  • Special dinners in Port Macquarie, Armidale, Barkala Farm and Mudgee
  • Museum, ‘Rail Mounment’, and lunch on the platform at Werris Creek
  • Vintage trains in Timbertown, canopy forest walks and galleries
  • Visit the Warrumbungles Mountain NP in Coonabarabran
  • Enjoy dinner at Mudgee’s favourite winery, Lowe Wines Estate
  • Explore the towns of Bellingen, Binnaway, Dorrigo, and Gulgong
  • Local history and winery tours and tastings in Mudgee
  • Exclusive sunset cocktail reception at Ruwenzori Retreat

From coast to inland plains, volcanic ranges and classic country towns this adventure celebrates the variety that the northern regions of NSW have to offer the Railway Adventurer. From the window of your trains and coach, an ever-changing vista of our coastal and country landscapes will be on show. For most of the tour you will be rolled along on rarely visited country rail lines on board a comfortable classic 1960’s heritage doubleended Railmotor, the pride of the fleet at the volunteer-run Rail Motor Society at Paterson in the Hunter Valley. We will visit them along with a wonderful long list of special museums, homesteads, and observatories together with charming country cities, towns and villages.

The route we take begins with the boarding of our Railmotor for the journey up the coast to the popular holiday city of Port Macquarie. We introduce the legacy of the timber industry and the associated connection with narrow gauge railways at Wauchope before ascending the ranges via Bellingen to Dorrigo and along the Waterfall Way to Armidale. The New England is a land unto itself with Armidale it’s unofficial capital. Fine homesteads, churches, schools and wineries grace this wealthy city.

We continue our cross country rail journey down the tablelands via the grand junction station of Werris Creek to the sleepy former railway hub of Binnaway. The Warrumbungle Ranges are on hand for us to explore, just west of Coonabarabran, with their ancient towering volcanic plugs, unique native bush, and world class observatories.

Down the old Mudgee branch line is Dunedoo and then Gulgong where we settle for a couple of nights in the heart of this heritage listed Goldrush town. Enjoy side trips to historic Mudgee, and award winning wineries and restaurants before capping it off with a sunset soiree at Ruwenzori Retreat, Scott McGregor’s private mountain top hideaway. The last day takes us on the normally inaccessible freightonly line down the Goulburn, Bylong and Hunter Valleys to Sydney. Thus Completing a wonderful adventure taking you North by North West across a great chunk of country and coastal NSW.

User Reviews & Comments

  • Our first tour, we could not fault Scott, Bernie and Mariah’s hospitality and knowledge. They made everyone feel more than welcome on this tour. Tour was just about perfect.

    18 May 2022

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  • A wonderful and informative tour, very well organised with helpful hardworking staff including all the volunteers on the train. Warrick and Bev really made a big effort for us. Scott, Bernie, and Mariah were exceptional as was Greg the coach driver.

    18 May 2022

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  • Scotty is the most wonderful tour leader, full of information but better still lots of fun and laughter. Bernie was caring and saw where needs arose. Love the wonderful old trains.

    18 May 2022

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  • Helen and Rob Kear
    5 out of 5

    The only way to go if you are over 70. Everything is done for you, no worries, no decisions, just sit back and enjoy your holiday!

    18 May 2022

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  • Scott’s ability to adapt to change thrust upon him and to end up with as good or even better is nothing short of amazing – All the staff are!

    18 May 2022

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      North by North West - A northern NSW Odyssey by Private Train

      Price
      $3,975 per person
      Duration
      6 Days
      Destination
      New South Wales

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