Price
$3565 per person
Duration
6 Days
Destination
New South Wales

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

• SYDNEY • BATHURST • DUBBO • MUDGEE • RYLSTONE • KANDOS • TARANA • MILLTHORPE • GULGONG • MUSWELLBROOK • PATERSON •
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New South Wales is blessed with a number of interesting ‘cross country’ railways, linking the main lines radiating out from Sydney, allowing trains to follow a circular path in different regions of the state. One of these is the ‘Sandy Hollow line’, started in 1937, and completed, in part, in 1985. This normally freight-only line is open to special trains from time to time and on this occasion our privately chartered nifty little Rail Motor has specific accreditation to traverse this scenic run. The interesting route of this cross-country link has allowed us to create a special Railway Adventure looping around the captivating highlights of the Central West of NSW. 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 Friends
Tour Date
2 Nov 2022 - 7 Nov 2022
Extras
Price: $3565 Single Supplement: $545
Price includes
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in quality hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comfortable chartered coaches
  • Entrances to museums and wineries as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 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 02 November:

SYDNEY CENTRAL – KANDOS – RYLSTONE – 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. We pause at Wallerawang west of Lithgow to stretch our legs and have a look around before our train continues onto the Mudgee branch line and a journey that skirts the scenic Capertee Valley. We arrive at Kandos for lunch on the platform and a visit to the excellent museum dedicated to the crucial cement industry. Later we’ll continue to the charming village of Rylstone, full of history and original colonial era buildings, 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 venue for our dinner together. From here it’s a short scenic run to Bathurst where we transfer to our hotel to check-in for two nights.

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

Day 2 • Thursday 03 November:

BATHURST

This morning after breakfast we take a tour of the Mt Panorama Circuit and down into the city where we visit the newly opened
Bathurst Railway Museum to learn of the impact of the railway on the culture of the city and marvel at the extraordinary working model of the Great Western line on show.

Next we’ll view the collection at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, which is home to the extraordinary lifetime work of Warren Somerville AM and features some of the finest and rarest specimens of mineral crystals and fossils from around the world.

You then have some free time to explore the city and have some lunch before splitting off on one of two options. Choose to either explore more of Bathurst and visit it’s excellent Motor museum, take a tour out to the spectacular Mayfield Gardens, one of the country’s most extensive private high-country gardens in the English style or simply relax at the hotel.

Later in the evening we’ll head out to the astounding Abercrombie House for a sunset viewing and a lavish dinner in the
grand ballroom.

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

Day 3 • Friday 04 November:

BATHURST – ORANGE – DUBBO

Depart Bathurst this morning, travelling on the steep run up to Blaney and onto Millthorpe. Here we pause for a while to explore the atmospheric heritage village before continuing on to Orange.
Enjoy some free time to explore the city, have some lunch at leisure, and visit the heritage-listed Cook Park.

Depart Orange heading north on the inland route of the Great Western line to Dubbo.
Passing through the villages of Mullion Creek, Stuart Town and Mumbil.
We pause briefly at Stuart Town, and check out the Ironbark Inn before continuing to the fair city of Dubbo on the mighty Macquarie River.

Here you have time to relax before heading out for dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Quest, Dubbo (B, D)

Day 4 • Saturday 05 November:

DUBBO – MUDGEE

After breakfast this morning we’ll continue on the cross-country line to Gulgong via the junction of the Mudgee line at Merrygoen.
From here we shunt onto the branch line taking us south across the fertile slopes to the historic gold rush era town of Gulgong.
Our affable coach captain is on hand for the transfer to our hotel in Mudgee and some time to relax.

Later in the evening we’ll regroup for a fabulous local dinner.

Overnight: Parklands Resort, Mudgee (B, D)

Day 5 • Sunday 06 November:

MUDGEE – GULGONG – 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.In the late afternoon we’ll 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, D)

Day 6 • Monday 07 November:

MUDGEE – GULGONG – SYDNEY

Today it’s up early to take advantage 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 lines 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 Station and the end of our adventure around the Golden West. (B, L)

New South Wales is blessed with a number of interesting ‘cross country’ railways, linking the main lines radiating out from Sydney, allowing trains to follow a circular path in different regions of the state. One of these is the ‘Sandy Hollow line’, started in 1937, and completed, in part, in 1985. This normally freight-only line is open to special trains from time to time and on this occasion our privately chartered nifty little Rail Motor has specific accreditation to traverse this scenic run. The interesting route of this cross-country link has allowed us to create a special Railway Adventure looping around the captivating highlights of the Central West of NSW. 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 Explorer - November

      Price
      $3565 per person
      Duration
      6 Days
      Destination
      New South Wales

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