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Price
$3765 per person
Duration
6 Days
Destination
New South Wales

ROUND TRIP OF CENTRAL NSW BY PRIVATE TRAIN The Central West Easter Explorer

• SYDNEY • BATHURST • DUBBO • MUDGEE • BLUE MOUNTAINS • CAPERTEE VALLEY • THE GOLDEN WEST • THE ORANA REGION • THE GREAT DIVIDING RANGE AND THE CUDGEGONG, BYLONG AND HUNTER VALLEYS •
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Here is a region rich with history; appealing characters, great scenery, fine food, wine and places to stay. There are museums to fossils and folk history, legendary images and colonial incarceration and, not to be missed, Australia’s newest railway museum in Bathurst. There’s quaint Gold Rush era villages and bustling regional hubs, snaking rivers, cavernous coal mines, pristine bushland, canyons, ranges, and some of the finest farms, vineyards, grazing country, studs and native bush that you’re likely to see anywhere in the country. Sometimes along comes the right train, at the right time, in the right place and here it is; a tour hosted by a central west local, on your own hop on hop off private train on a loop around the heart of NSW, enjoying the best of the regions food, wine, entertainment, and accommodation. Join me, Scott McGregor on this very special short escape to one of Australia’s most appealing and intriguing regions.

Some Details

Departure Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Return Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Tour Leader(s)
Scott McGregor and Bernadette Eichner
Tour Date
13 Apr 2022 - 18 Apr 2022
Extras
Price: $3765 Single Supplement: $345
Price includes
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in quality hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and dinners
  • Comfortable chartered coaches
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with your hosts and local guides
  • Drinks included with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Luxury chartered coach, with luggage transport throughout the tour
  • Specially chartered Rail Motor for rail travel throughout including on board morning and afternoon teas
  • Winery and Heritage tours
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 • Wednesday 13 April:

CENTRAL – RYLSTONE – KANDOS – BATHURST

Meet your hosts and train staff at Central Station bright and early for the departure of our adventure, which initially takes us across the Cumberland Plain and up the Blue Mountains while morning tea is served on board.

First stop is the iconic town of Katoomba where, depending on the timetable, we may stretch our legs and have a look around before our train continues onto Lithgow and Wallerawang.

Here we branch off onto the Mudgee line and a journey around the western rim of the scenic Capertee Valley. We arrive at Kandos for a visit to the excellent museum dedicated to the crucial cement industry and a BBQ lunch on the platform.

Continuing a short way along the line brings us to the charming village of Rylstone, full of history and original colonial era buildings, a great place to enjoy some free time before heading back down the Capertee Valley to the junction of the main western line at Wallerawang. A short run further on we take a stop at the village of Tarana where the pub, adjacent to the station, offers an ideal watering hole and early dinner setting.

We then take the last scenic leg to Bathurst to check-in to our hotel and relax.

Overnight: Rydges Mount Panorama, Bathurst (L, D)

Day 2 • Thursday 14 April:

BATHURST – DUBBO

This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you can enjoy an early opening of the excellent Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, home of an extraordinary collection, the lifetime work of Warren Somerville AM, features some of the finest and rarest specimens of mineral crystals and fossils from around the world.

We then depart Bathurst on the steep run up to Blaney and on to Millthorpe where we pause for a stroll around this quaint town. We then head north-west on the inland route of the Great Western line passing through the villages of Mullion Creek, Stuart Town, and Mumbil stopping along the way for lunch.

We pause briefly at Wellington, originally established as a convict settlement in 1823 before continuing onto the city of Dubbo on the mighty Macquarie River.

Here you have time to relax before heading out for an exploration and dinner at the award-winning Western Plains Zoo.

Overnight: Quest Hotel, Dubbo (B, L, D)

Day 3 • Friday 15 April:

DUBBO – GULGONG – MUDGEE

After breakfast at the hotel, there is time to explore the interesting Old Dubbo Gaol Museum before joining our train to head west to Narromine.

Here we take time to explore the aviation museum and have a light lunch before returning through Dubbo and onto the cross-country line to Binnaway.

At the junction of Merrygoen, we shunt onto the Mudgee branch line taking us south across the fertile slopes to the historic gold rush era town of Gulgong.

Ben, our affable coach captain, is on hand for the transfer to our hotel in Mudgee, our home for the next three nights. We settle in and relax before enjoying dinner at the hotel and the start of our Easter weekend in the fair town of Mudgee.

Overnight: Parklands Resort, Mudgee (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Saturday 16 April:

MUDGEE

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we gather to begin a series of local explorations.

First up are a couple of short tours, one of 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 and hear from the winemakers.

The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure.Dinner this evening will be hosted at one of Mudgee’s popular venues and will feature a selection of local wines to taste and compliment your delicious dinner.

Overnight: Parklands Resort, Mudgee (B, D)

Day 5 • Sunday 17 April:

MUDGEE

This morning you have a couple of options. One is to take a day trip out to Hill End to explore the rich gold rush story in this beautifully preserved National Trust village, the other will take you back to Gulgong where you’ll board the Rail Motor for a trip back up the line, north, to Ballimore, and the local pub for lunch and music.

This tour will be open to guests from the Mudgee region as well. In the late afternoon we will then 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, to kick on and enjoy the atmosphere at one of the many venues in Mudgee’s main street.

Overnight: Parklands Resort, Mudgee (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Monday 18 April:

MUDGEE – GULGONG – HUNTER VALLEY – SYDNEY

Today it’s up early to make the most of one of the most unique rail experiences in the state, a rare opportunity to ride the Sandy Hollow railway down the Bylong and Hunter Valleys on the normally freight only line.

Departing Gulgong we head east through fields, bush, and the wooded hills of the Great Divide before we strike the first of the vast coal mines that are the reason for the line’s reconstruction. We pass the towns of Sandy Hollow and Denman before pulling in for an early hearty pub lunch at Muswellbrook at the appropriately named Railway Hotel, next door to the railway station, before continuing onto Paterson.

Here we take a break to view the collection and associated museum that is home to the train we are riding.

The last stage of the journey is the run down the main North Line across the mighty Hawkesbury River and into Sydney in the early evening, stopping at Hornsby for anyone who may wish to alight here before pulling into Central and the end of our adventure around the Golden West. (B, L)

Here is a region rich with history; appealing characters, great scenery, fine food, wine and places to stay. There are museums to fossils and folk history, legendary images and colonial incarceration and, not to be missed, Australia’s newest railway museum in Bathurst. There’s quaint Gold Rush era villages and bustling regional hubs, snaking rivers, cavernous coal mines, pristine bushland, canyons, ranges, and some of the finest farms, vineyards, grazing country, studs and native bush that you’re likely to see anywhere in the country. Sometimes along comes the right train, at the right time, in the right place and here it is; a tour hosted by a central west local, on your own hop on hop off private train on a loop around the heart of NSW, enjoying the best of the regions food, wine, entertainment, and accommodation. Join me, Scott McGregor on this very special short escape to one of Australia’s most appealing and intriguing regions.

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      The Central West Easter Explorer - April

      Price
      $3765 per person
      Duration
      6 Days
      Destination
      New South Wales

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