Riverina Vintage Rail Journey

Duration

6 Days

Departs

Saturday 26 February, 2022

From

$4,595

This tour has limited spots available.

“I enjoyed being a member of a ‘Christian family’ away from home.”

This Tour Includes

Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday

Return economy airfares to Sydney if required

Unique accommodation in Heritage Rail Carriages

5 breakfasts
2 lunches
5 dinners

Sightseeing as outlined and entry fees included

Luggage assistance at hotels

Tour Summary

Come and join CFT on a wonderful rail adventure through regional NSW to the heart of Australia’s food bowl, the Riverina. Stop at the “farmgate” to catch up with local producers, savouring their delightful food and wine and enjoy visits to museums, farms and gardens. Relax onboard and soak up the spectacular scenery as we travel down the coast, through the historic towns of the Southern Highlands, to the fertile Riverina and then back through the farming regions of the Central West to the sandstone cliffs and Jurassic rainforest of the Blue Mountains. Relive the heyday of long-distance travel with restored ex-Southern Aurora sleeping carriages on a vintage train called the “Aurora Australis”. Additionally, the “Aurora Explorer” coach will also be accompanying the train to take you on excursions to the many off-train attractions.

Join us for this delightful “Unpack Once” holiday rich in history, fun experiences, and fellowship. You’ll be on the right track for a wonderful holiday with CFT!

Your Travel Itinerary

Central Station
Day 1
Saturday 26 February 2022

Sydney – Welcome Dinner

“The right train of thought can take you to a better station in life” and this CFT holiday is “just the ticket” to “keep you on track”-a relaxing holiday full of fun, faith and fellowship.

Our holiday begins in Sydney with airport transfers to our selected accommodation where we will join other likeminded people for a Welcome Dinner.

Overnight: Sydney

Day 2
Sunday 27 February 2022

Sydney - Moss Vale - Goulburn - Worship on the Train

Your Riverina adventure starts at Sydney’s Central Station. Once on board the Aurora Australis, you can choose to sit in the lounge or dining cars, or your private cabin while we travel along the lllawarra Railway Line, through the Royal National Park, that offers spectacular views of the South Coast to Wollongong. We then travel on a freight only line up the lllawarra escarpment, pausing at Summit Tank Railway Station, where you are provided with a rare opportunity to take photos of the stunning vista out to sea.

Lunch will be served onboard the train today, so that you can experience all that the Aurora Australis has to offer. We join the Main South Line at Moss Vale and continue to Goulburn where we depart the train and hop onto our private Aurora Explorer shuttle bus to explore the sights and historic offerings of Australia’s oldest inland city.

We will worship together on the train before arriving in GouIburn where the train will be stabled for the night.

Day 3
Monday 28 February 2022

Coolamon - Griffith

Enjoy breakfast on board as we leave GouIburn and continue along the Main South Line. We pass many interesting villages and towns today as well as travel through the Canela Trail, keeping an eye out for the many grain silos adjacent to the rail line. Today we spend time in Coolamon, stopping at the Coolamon Railway Station dated 1881. Coolamon is named after the Wiradjuri word for a vessel carrying goods, children and water, “Gullaman” and this little town offers us a warm welcome.

Flanked by the Train Station at one end of the street and the Fire Station at the other, we have developed an afternoon of ambling the beautifully preserved heritage main street of Coolamon. A stop at the Coolamon Cheese Factory is a must for anyone who likes cheese or is interested in the cheese making process. The Up-To-Date Store, built in 1909 plays host to a variety of museum displays and collections, a stroll through this heritage listed building will bring back memories for some and offer interesting stories for others.

The Coolamon Fire Museum hosts a truly amazing private collection of fire fighting equipment, uniforms and memorabilia. Along with heritage museums and buildings, the main street contains many local shops, restaurants and cafes, making this afternoon an unforgettable experience.

We will return to the Coolamon Railway Station for an afternoon departure. We will travel along the Yanco to Griffith line. Dinner will be served on the train at Murrami grain siding where we will be stabled for the night in the serenity of the Australian bush.

Day 4
Tuesday 29 February 2022

Griffith to Temora

The Piccolo family {owners of Limone Dining Restaurant) is hosting our breakfast this morning on their 20 acre farm just outside Griffith. Using sustainable farming practices, all of their produce is harvested by hand and free of chemicals and pesticides. An excellent way to experience farming in Griffith as well as sample their delicious produce.

After breakfast we will enjoy the best that Griffith has to offer using our private Aurora Explorer bus. Explorer stops include the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, the Grifith War Memorial Museum, Emeri De Bortoli’s Garden II Compo, various wineries, providores and local shops so that you can experience Griffith’s distinctive food and wine culture. Lunch today is at your own choice and cost.

Your Aurora Explorer bus will return you to Griffith Station throughout the afternoon in preparation for a 3pm departure, travelling on the freight only Lake Cargelligo Line. Dinner will be served on-board the train at Temora Rail Yard, where we will be stabled for the night.

Day 5
Wednesday 1 March 2022

Temora to Orange

Breakfast this morning is on board the Aurora Australis before experiencing Temora.
Today you can choose one of two Temora tours.

1 . The ‘Aurora Explorer’ Bus takes you directly to the Bundawarrah Centre which houses the Temora Rural Museum. Spend the morning experiencing the history of the region including a cottage of hardwood slabs that was Sir Donald Bradman’s first home, a one room public school, bush church, country dance hall, printery, flour mill and ambulance station. The Ambulance Museum includes ambulance vehicles and conveyances dating back to 1897 and originating from throughout Australia, including NSW, ACT and Victoria.

2. The ‘Aurora Explorer’ Bus will take you directly to the Temora Aviation Museum which was built on the site of the biggest and longest lasting RAAF Elementary Flying Training School during World War II. Spend the morning in the three main exhibit buildings, the Museum which is in the original 10 EFTS Guardhouse; the second exhibition area, located in the Engineering Hangar overlooking the aircraft which are currently in maintenance; and the Display Hangar which houses the new exhibitions area along with the aircraft.

Your ‘Aurora Explorer’ buses will return you to Temora Station and lunch will be served in the Dining Carriages as we travel on freight only lines via Stockinbingal. There are many freight trains to pass on this single track line, and we are likely to experience substantial delays.

Dinner will be served on-board the train as we travel through Parkes and onto the Broken Hill Line to Orange Rail Yard at an unknown time where we will be stabled for the night.

Day 6
Thursday 2 March 2022

Orange to Sydney

Enjoy breakfast as we travel from Orange towards the Great Dividing Range. On through Lithgow and through the 10 tunnels that replaced the Lithgow Zig-Zag, then cross the Darling Causeway on the way to Mount Victoria.

Stopping at Mount Victoria, you will depart the train and board your Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, which gives you access to the ‘Hop-on, Hop off’ service to explore the vibrant Blue Mountains Villages in your own time.

Walk out to the edge at Echo Point, see the majestic Three Sisters. Take a ‘Scenic World’ ride (optional extra – tickets may be bought on the train}. Check the waterfalls and the vibrant villages. Visit Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum or simply stroll through Leura Village. Lunch is at your own arrangements in the picturesque Blue Mountains villages.

In the afternoon we will return you to Katoomba Station where we will board the train for our return to Central Station. You will have had a truly memorable Vintage Rail Journey!

All Inclusive Fares

Riverina Vintage Rail Journey Pricing

Departs from: Description Twin PP Single
FROM SYDNEY Sydney Hotel $4,595 $4,795 *
FROM MELBOURNE Melbourne Airport $4,995 $5,270 *
FROM BRISBANE Brisbane Airport $4,995 $5,270 *

Tour Code:

TRA22022CFT

Departs:

Saturday 26 February, 2022

Returns:

Thursday 3 March, 2022

Departing:

From Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane

*

Single roomette cabin on train and single hotel room in Sydney and Katoomba

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Riverina Vintage Rail Journey
Saturday 26 February, 2022
6 Days

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Travel and fellowship
with other Christians

The care of a
Christian Tour Leader

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Daily devotions and
organised Sunday service

Fully escorted with no
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Riverina Vintage Rail Journey
Saturday 26 February, 2022
6 Days