Golden West Rail Tour
From Sydney To Hunter Valley, Werris Creek, Binnaway, Orange, Bathurst, Kandos, Blue Mountains, - 4 Nights

Departing from:
Hunter Valley, Werris Creek, Binnaway, Orange, Bathurst, Kandos, Blue Mountains,
4 Nights
No single surcharge
Travel Dates:
24/03/24 to 28/04/24
08/09/24 to 12/09/24
03/11/24 to 07/11/24
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Vintage Rail Journeys
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This exceptional journey through some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery features sandstone cliffs by the Hawkesbury River, the stunning coastline of Newcastle, the wide expanse and starlit skies of the Central West and the Jurassic rainforest of the Blue Mountains. Travel with Vintage Rail Journeys on our Golden West Rail Tour. INCLUSIONS: 5 days plus 4 nights experience aboard the newly restored, iconic 1960’s ex-Southern Aurora Sleeping Train, travelling along rail lines normally closed to the public, Sleep onboard in your own cabin, 10 meals, off-train excursions, ‘Aurora Explorer’ shuttle bus. Pre and post nights in Sydney are available.

Contact our office for additional tour dates through 2024


Day 1 | Sunday: Sydney – The Hawkesbury – Paterson
Your Golden West Rail Tour adventure starts at Central Station, Sydney. Once on board, you can choose to sit in the lounge or dining cars, or your private cabin while we travel to the spectacular Hawkesbury River. We will depart the train for a lunch cruise with the ‘Riverboat postman’.

When you rejoin our train, you’ll enjoy views from the train which we think are some of the best in Australia. You’ll see the whole length of the train as we round the curves and the line traces the waters edge at Mullet Creek. The waterside theme is continued after we go through Woy Woy Tunnel and alongside Brisbane Water. We skirt around Newcastle and on to Maitland in the Hunter Valley. . The train will be stabled for the night at The Rail Motor Society, Paterson.Golden West Map

Day 2 | Monday: Hunter Valley Gardens & Vineyards – Werris Creek

Today you will be visiting the Hunter Valley, and we have three choices for you.

  • Hunter Valley Gardens and the Village – Visit the 10 amazinglt themed gardens with influences from all over the world. You will then have a choice of staying at the Gardens for longer, or walk/take the coach to the nearby Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village with it’s unique collection of boutique retailers promoting the best local produce, artistic talent, contemporary cafe dining and cellar door wine tasting; or
  • Hunter Valley Gardens and Audrey Wilkinson Wines – After viewing the gardens, board a coach to visit this winery established in 1866, set on top of a hill with spectacular views overlooking the vineyards. You will enjoy a guided wine tasting; or
  • Margan Wines – Travel by coach to Broke (this option does NOT visit the Hunter Valley Gardens). Walk down the garden path through the kitchen garden, then past the olives and vineyards into the winery for a guided, behind the scenes tour. learn how the single vineyard and sustainably farmed wines are made from vine to glass in this award winning winery. Note – to choose this option, you must have good mobility.

The coach will return you to Branxton Station where we will board our train, travelling the remainder of the Hunter Valley, and on through Ardglen Tunnel to Werris Creek. We will visit the Australian Rail Monument and Railway Journeys Museum. Dinner will be served on-board the train at Werris Creek Station, before we move to the rail yard where we will be stabled for the night.

Day 3 | Tuesday: Werris Creek – Binnaway Junction – Orange

Enjoy breakfast on board the train, and take the opportunity to visit the Werris Creek Railway Journeys Museum, which the volunteers will open especially for you.

You’ll then board coaches to meet with locals and gain a greater understanding of the Liverpool Plains, which boasts some of the best and most productive agricultural land in the country – it is our national food-bowl. We’ll spend the rest of the day travelling along the freight only line from Werris Creek, arriving at Binnaway Junction by mid-afternoon. At Binnaway Junction, you will have the opportunity to watch the locomotives go past the carriages while we change direction.

From Binnaway Junction we travel past Dubbo. Dinner will be served on-board the train on our way to Orange Railway Yard, where we will be stabled for the night.

Day 4 | Wednesday: Orange – Bathurst – Rylestone

We’ll board coaches early this morning to enjoy breakfast hosted by Paula and Allen Charnock at Hillside Harvest. This is a third generation family run orchard, and the family has been growing fruit in the rich volcanic soils of Mount Canobolas since their first orchard was established in 1947. Their 75 acre property proudly yields many varieties of cherries, apples, pears, stone fruit and berries. After breakfast the coach will take you on a coach tour around Orange on the way to rejoin the train;

Our train will take you from Orange RailwayYard to Bathurst Railway Station.

A coach will then take you to Abercrombie House, an outstanding example of Victorian Tudor style architecture, built by the Stewart family in the 1870’s. The Morgan family purchased the house in 1969, have made major restorations and currently live in the house. Lunch will be provided at Abercrombie House. After lunch, the Coach will take you to Bathurst Railway Station to rejoin the train.

We will then have the rare opportunity to ride the closed Gwabegar line from Wallerawang, up the Capertee Valley, the world’s widest canyon. The valley offers truly spectacular views and is credited as being one of the best railway journeys to be had anywhere. Enjoy Dinner on the train as we approach Rylstone where we will stable for the night.

Day 5 | Thursday: Kandos – Katoomba – Sydney

Enjoy breakfast on board the train. We’ll then board coaches to explore Rylstone and surrounds. The district was settled in the 1820’s, making it one of the oldest settlements west of the Great Dividing Range. Rylstone’s streetscape features 19th century sandstone public houses, cottages and government buildings. You’ll enjoy a visit to either Rylstone Olive Press to see how cold pressed olive oil is made; or  visit Kandos Museum to learn about the town’s industrial heritage including the production of cement that built the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

We’ll then reboard the train in time for lunch, as we travel back up the stunning Gwabegar line and cross the Great Dividing Range to Wallerawang. At Lithgow we’ll travel through the 10 tunnels that replaced the Lithgow Zig-Zag, then cross the Darling Causeway on the way to Katoomba.

You will have the option of departing the tour at Katoomba if you wish to spend a couple of days in the Blue Mountains (additional cost) before making your own way home.

We will again board the train for our return to Central Station. You will have had a truly memorable Vintage Rail Journey!

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.



A journey highlighting the best that New South Wales has to offer. Relax aboard our refurbished 1960s sleeping train. Stroll around the Hunter Valley wineries, roam the spectacular Mayfield Garden, all the while sampling the finest local produce that the region has to offer.

Unpack only once and enjoy everything that slow rail touring provides.

Highlights include:

  • A ‘Riverboat Postman’ cruise on the Hawkesbury River,
  • The Hunter Valley,
  • Werris Creek,
  • Orange Heritage,
  • Mayfield Garden,
  • Kandos and the Capertee Valley,
  • Blue Mountains Villages.


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