$3985 per person
4 Days
New South Wales

The Elvis Special

Experience a four-day rock ‘n’ rail extravaganza, cruising through the scenic heartland of Central West NSW to the iconic Parkes Elvis Festival.
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Rail travel really is the most relaxed way to enjoy Australia, so we hope you’ll join us on board our private Aurora Australis train for the Elvis Special adventure in regional NSW.

Some Details

Departure Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Return Location
Sydney, New South Wales
Tour Leader(s)
Scott McGregor, Bernadette Eichner and friends
Tour Date
11 Jan 2024 - 14 Jan 2024
Twinette Cabin Twin Share: $3985 Roomette Cabin Single: $3985 Twinette Cabin for solo use: $5985
Price includes
  • 3 Nights accommodation on our private train The Elvis Special
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Complimentary drinks with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with expert local guides
  • Excursion/entrance fees, except those listed as optional in the itinerary
Price does not include
  • All other personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, laundry services, camera fees where applicable
  • Drinks with meals (except for those provided during the welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Excursions/entrances listed as optional in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tour Plan
Tour Plan

Day 01 • Thursday 11 January:

Sydney – Cootamundra

t’s all the fun of the fair at Central Station on the first morning of your tour with a gathering of Elvis look-alikes, and performers to send us on our way. Your exclusive train, “The Elvis Special‘’, another icon from the 1960’s, is your home away from home for the next four days. Once on board you can recline in your private compartment or join us in the lounge car for a more social affair.

Our journey takes us along the main southern line, where we begin the steep climb up the range to the Southern Highlands. Lunch is served in the Dining car as we roll along past Goulburn, Gunning and Yass. In the late afternoon we arrive in Cootamundra, where we’ll transfer to the Country Club for a celebratory welcome dinner complete with entertainment from our Elvis inspired performer.

The ‘Elvis Special’ will be stabled at Cootamundra all night so following a nightcap or two in the lounge car, your sleep will be uninterrupted.

Overnight: Cootamundra (Dinner)

Day 02 • Friday 12 January:

Cootamundra – Parkes

After breakfast in the Dining Car you have some free time to wander the main street and explore some of what Cootamundra has to offer before our train departs. The next stage of our rail cruise takes us west through the southern slopes to the village of Stockinbingal, an important railway junction where we switch onto the cross country railway, part of the future ‘Inland Rail’, that will take us north toward Parkes. One of the numerous crossing loops on this line is the halt of Bribbaree, our destination for lunch in the village’s classic old Aussie pub, The Rusty Horse Inn, right beside the railway. Here we’ll relax over a drink or two and some fine pub grub while a local entertainer keeps our music juices flowing.

Back on board, we continue our journey north through Forbes to Parkes, arriving in the late afternoon just in time to enjoy the evening’s Elvis Festival events. Take a wander up town to immerse yourself in any number of shows on offer and come back to the train at your leisure. Your home away from home on wheels will be parked on its own safe and accessible siding in the heart of town for the next two nights so you can come and go as you please.

Overnight: Your private train in Parkes (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 03 • Saturday 13 January:


This is the day you’ve all been waiting for! Just after breakfast in the Dining Car we wander up town to grab a spot to view the Grand Street Parade, that’s unless you’d like to join in yourself, in which case, go for it! The Parkes Elvis Festival has been running for over two decades and has been growing in size and reputation every year. Thousands gather to watch and perform and the town is alive with a ‘gyration’ of Elvis impersonators and ‘wannabees’, with a supporting cast of all kinds of characters, classic cars, and no end of memorabilia. The street parade brings it all together in a cavalcade of colour and movement to a soundtrack that rocks.

The new outdoor stage in the main park in the centre of town is the hub for Elvis fans today, hosting a non-stop line up of performers. This day is yours – you are free to enjoy all the events on offer and the various shows that are presented in the air-conditioned comfort of the Leagues club, the Services club and the many pubs. You also have a ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus included, so this will enable you to loop around the venues and museums all day.
This evening you’ll have reserved seats and dinner at the Parkes Leagues Club to enjoy the headline show of the Festival with the celebrated and award-winning Elvis tribute artist, Taylor Rodriguez. After winning at the Tupelo Elvis Festival, Taylor was named the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion by Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) and it doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to Elvis impersonators!

Overnight: Your private train in Parkes (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 04 • Sunday 14 January:

Parkes – Sydney

This morning you’re invited to join the post party revellers at the Parkes Railway Bowling Club for a hearty Sunday breakfast prior to the last hurrah at the main stage at the park, the Elvis Gospel service. For those who may be interested, you can renew your marriage vows at a special ceremony and/or join the church service before we head off just after midday.

As the train leaves Parkes and starts the steep climb to Orange and the Central Tablelands lunch will be served in the Dining Car. We’ll pause briefly at the heritage village of Millthorpe on the way, a charming town that’s a delightfully easy place to wander, shop and explore before our train continues onto Blaney and Bathurst. The long summer afternoon is ideal for soaking up the scenery along the

Fish River past Lithgow and over the Blue Mountains.

Dinner is served along the way and your train rolls into Central later in the evening. This is the point in the program where you can announce that ‘Elvis has left the building’.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Rail travel really is the most relaxed way to enjoy Australia, so we hope you’ll join us on board our private Aurora Australis train for the Elvis Special adventure in regional NSW.

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    The Elvis Special

    $3985 per person
    4 Days
    New South Wales

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