Price
$4,250 per person
Duration
5 Days
Destination
New South Wales

In conjunction with Vintage Rail Journeys North Coast Rail Tour

CLASSIC 1960'S SLEEPING CAR TRAIN TRAVEL TO THE MOST APPEALING DESTINATIONS IN NSW
• PORT MACQUARIE • KEMPSEY • BYRON BAY • PATERSON •
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This journey takes you along the scenic North Coast Line through the Central Coast, the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of New South Wales. You'll discover the beautiful Hastings River at Port Macquarie, the breathtaking hinterland rainforest and eclectic community of Byron Bay, the crystal clear creeks and the uncrowded surf beaches of the Mackay Valley Coast, and the history and heritage of Maitland & Morpeth.

Unpack Only once and enjoy everything that slow rail touring provides.

Some Details

Departure Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Return Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Tour Date
19 Jun 2022 - 23 Jun 2022
23 Oct 2022 - 27 Oct 2022
Extras
Twinette: $4250 Roomette (solo): $4250
Price includes
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with your hosts and local guides
  • Dining and Lounge carriages are available when travelling
  • Drinks included with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Meals are as listed in the tour itinerary. Meals served on the train are freshly prepared by our on board chef using local ingredients from each region
  • Sleep on the train in restored ex-Southern Aurora Sleeping carriages. Your private cabin converts to a day travel configuration
  • Water, Soft drinks, Juices, Tea and coffee are included.
Price does not include
  • Sightseeing is included at each stop for off-train experiences on our 'Aurora Explorer' fleet of coaches
  • The Aurora Australis is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks which are at an additional cost. As our train is a licensed premises you cannot consume your own alcohol on board.
  • Tour Plan
Tour Plan

Day 1 • Sunday:

CENTRAL STATION, SYDNEY – PORT MACQUARIE (L,D)

Your North Coast adventure starts at Central Station, Sydney at approximately 9:00am. ‘

Welcome aboard the Aurora Australis where you can choose to sit in the lounge or dining cars, or your private cabin. Today we’ll spend all day on the train. We’ll travel over the spectacular Hawkesbury River, alongside Mullet Creek and through the ‘Venice of Australia’ to Brisbane Water. We skirt around Newcastle and on to Maitland in the Hunter Valley, where we turn right to join the meandering North Coast Line. At Gloucester, the North Coast Line starts to follow the Gloucester River, continuing the enjoyment of travelling beside the water. The Gloucester river joins the Manning River and we follow it through Taree and on to Wauchope on the Hastings River, the closest station for Port Macquarie.

We’ll arrive just in time for dinner, served on board in the Dining Carriages.

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Day 2 • Monday:

PORT MACQUARIE – CASINO (B, L, D)

Enjoy breakfast on board the Aurora Australis before boarding coaches to explore Port Macquarie. We’ll take a scenic lunch cruise of the tranquil waters of Port Macquarie, with the possibility of seeing dolphins, turtles, osprey and sea eagles.

Enjoy the peaceful rural landscapes and abundant wildlife on the Hastings River. We’ll return to the train after lunch, as we continue up the North Coast Line. We will be travelling for around five hours through some more interesting landscapes. We will be inland for a while before turning to the coast again and travelling along the water, past Sawtell and through Coffs Harbour. We then head inland again, arriving at Casino just in time for Dinner. We plan to stable for the night at Old Casino Railway Station which is the start of the Casino to Murwillumbah line. It ceased to operate in May 2004, and was formally closed in September 2020 to facilitate the construction of a rail trail.

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Day 3 • Tuesday:

CASINO – BYRON BAY – KEMPSEY (B, D)

Day 3 • Tuesday: CASINO – BYRON BAY – KEMPSEY (B, D) Enjoy breakfast on board the Aurora Australis at Old Casino Railway Station. You will then board our ‘Aurora Explorer’ buses to take you to Byron Bay, a place known for its natural attractions and eclectic community. While at Byron Bay, you have the option of visiting Zentveld’s Coffee Plantation and Roastery which will see you walking through the plantation and seeing the coffee being grown, watching as the team roast the beans and tasting their Australian coffee creations. You’ll also visit Duck Creek Macadamia Nuts, who have built a reputation as a producer of Australia’s finest Macadamia Products. Alternatively, visit Cape Byron Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. You will then ride the Byron Bay Solar Train, the world’s first solar train.

Lunch today is at your own choice and cost. Your ‘Aurora Explorer’ coaches will return you to Casino Railway Station and we will then travel south to Kempsey Railway Yard where we will be stabling for the night.

Dinner will be served on-board the train this evening.

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Day 4 • Wednesday:

KEMPSEY – PATERSON (B, L, D)

Enjoy breakfast on-board the Aurora Australis at the Kempsey Railway Yard. We will then board coaches to enjoy a scenic drive to the Arakoon National Park and the South West Rocks area. National Parks in this area have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration (from May to November). Guests will walk through the Trial Bay Gaol, an open air museum which captures the history of the area. Alternatively visit the Kempsey Museum, where you can experience Aboriginal history, boot making, timber industry, military history, natural history, dairy industry, shipping, historical vehicles to name just a few subjects touched on in the collections, displays and historic artifacts. You can also spend time in the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery, the gallery showcases and markets works of prominent, established and emerging Aboriginal artists of the Dunghutti region and Mid North Coast area. We will then visit the Slim Dusty Centre, an innovative museum dedicated to Australia’s iconic legend Slim Dusty where you will experience a wealth of music history and Australian culture and art. You will also enjoy lunch at the Slim Dusty Centre. Your ‘Aurora Explorer’ buses will return you to Kempsey Railway Yard where we will continue along the North Coast Railway line to The Rail Motor Society, Paterson where we will be stabling for the night.

Dinner will be served on-board the train this evening.

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Day 5 • Thursday:

PATERSON – CENTRAL STATION, SYDNEY (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast on board the Aurora Australis at The Rail Motor Society, Paterson. Today we have two options for you: Discover Maitland where you will spend time at the 1870 built Grossmann House, restored by the National Trust in the 1960’s and the Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Or, Discover Morpeth, an historic inland river port alongside the Hunter River. A visit to Morpeth is a real journey through time. Visit the narrow laneways, walk along sandstone footpaths and into heritage buildings where you’ll discover unique shopping, artisan treasures and delightful treats. At Maitland we will board the train for the last time, enjoying lunch as we travel back past Brisbane Water and the Hawkesbury River, concluding your rail journey at Central Station, Sydney at approximately 6:30pm.

You will have had a truly memorable Vintage Rail Journey!

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

This journey takes you along the scenic North Coast Line through the Central Coast, the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of New South Wales. You'll discover the beautiful Hastings River at Port Macquarie, the breathtaking hinterland rainforest and eclectic community of Byron Bay, the crystal clear creeks and the uncrowded surf beaches of the Mackay Valley Coast, and the history and heritage of Maitland & Morpeth.

Unpack Only once and enjoy everything that slow rail touring provides.

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      North Coast Rail Tour

      Price
      $4,250 per person
      Duration
      5 Days
      Destination
      New South Wales

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