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 a very 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.
- Visit the iconic Carnival of Flowers festival at Toowoomba
- Steam train journeys from Warwick to Toowoomba, and Wyreema
- Special garden viewings at Toowoomba, Glengallan Homestead, Jimbour Homestead, and Brisbane
- Unique museum visits in Toowoomba, Oakey, Wondai, Maryborough, and Gympie
- Explore the scenic Bunya Mountains National Park
- Ride the scenic, steam-hauled Mary Valley Rattler train in Gympie
- Comfortable coach travel and luggage transport throughout
- Enjoy the services of your tour leader and coach drive throughout