The Intercapital Daylight
Featuring the Spirit of Progress & Southern Aurora
The Intercapital Daylight – a new and rare 6-day adventure offering the opportunity to ride aboard two of Australia’s most famous trains – the legendary Spirit of Progress and Southern Aurora. These glamorous, first-class trains revolutionised travel in Australia and here’s your unique opportunity to step back in time and ride aboard the original, gleaming compartment, dining, lounge and parlour cars again.
First, you’ll join the iconic Spirit of Progress to Seymour and then the Southern Aurora, hauled by heritage locomotives, for a journey to Sydney in a day filled with charm and elegance. As you relive the golden age of travel, you’ll enjoy meals and tea breaks along the way, with plenty of time to relax and take in the changing scenery.
You’ll enjoy two nights in Sydney at the heritage Grace Hotel, right in the heart of the CBD, conveniently located to shops, galleries and Darling Harbour. On your second night, a spectacular dinner atop Sydney Tower is included.
Cruising from Sydney to Melbourne for three nights aboard the beautiful floating resort, the Golden Princess, you’ll indulge in fine cuisine, spectacular entertainment and carefree days at sea, lounging by the many pools.
This unique and exclusive adventure will book out quickly so reserve your place in history today. Step aboard the Intercapital Daylight and let Cruise Express take care of all the details. All you have to do is sit back, and relax.
20 October 2018 - 6 days - from Melbourne
- Daylight service from Melbourne Southern Cross Station to Seymour aboard the Spirit of Progress including breakfast
- Daylight service from Seymour to Sydney aboard the Southern Aurora, including morning and afternoon tea and a light dinner
- Complimentary tea and coffee served throughout both rail journeys
- Lunch at Junee Railway Station Café
- 2-nights Sydney accommodation at the Grace Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
- 3-night voyage on Golden Princess including all meals and entertainment
- Welcome aboard function
- Group transfer in Sydney from station to hotel and to port
- Dinner at STUDIO by Sydney Tower including drinks
- Professional Cruise Express Tour Managers
Staterooms & Suites
from: $2,090* pp twin share SOLD OUT
from: $2,990* solo SOLD OUT
These staterooms are the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Featuring two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, closet and bathroom with shower.
- Approx. 15 sq m.
from: $2,290* pp twin share SOLD OUT
from: $3,290* solo SOLD OUT
Enjoy the added benefit of a view of the ocean from either a picture window or porthole that brings in natural light. This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room.
- Approx. 13 to 19 sq. m.
from: $2,390* pp twin share SOLD OUT
from: $3,490* solo SOLD OUT
This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony and gives you more space than a standard stateroom. Enjoy your own private outdoor space with a table, two chairs, and a relaxing view of the inspiring scenery surrounding you, whether a beautiful sunset over the ocean or a new city to explore. It’s also perfect to enjoy cocktails before dinner or a leisurely breakfast.
- Approx. 20 sq. m., including balcony
from: $2,590* pp twin share SOLD OUT
from: $3,790* solo SOLD OUT
Choose a luxurious Mini-Suite with balcony which is substantially larger than a Balcony stateroom and receive a complimentary welcome glass of Champagne. Mini-Suites include a separate sitting area with sofa bed, premium bathroom amenities and two flat-panel televisions. For families or groups needing a little extra space, Mini-Suites offer an appealing and affordable option.
- Approximately 30 sq. m., including balcony
Stateroom images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities.
Pre tour night in Melbourne
If you don’t live close to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, why not add a night pre tour at the heritage VIBE Savoy hotel? Conveniently located across the road from the station, you’ll be right there for our early departure.
Double Room – ADD $110 per person
Single Room – ADD $220 per person
The Southern Aurora was an overnight express passenger train that operated between Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. First-class throughout, including the dining facilities, the Southern Aurora featured all-sleeper accommodation. The train first ran on 16 April 1962 after the opening of the North East standard gauge line from Melbourne to Albury, eliminating the break-of-gauge between the capital cities.
A fleet of 34 stainless steel carriages were jointly purchased by the Department of Railways New South Wales and Victorian Railways featuring fluted sides and consisted of a mail car (MHN), power car (PHN), roomette (NAM) sleepers, deluxe twinette (DAM) and twinette (LAN) sleepers, lounge cars (BCS) and dining cars (RMS). A motorail service was added from July 1973 which enabled passengers to travel and take their cars.
With declining passenger numbers it was decided to combine the Spirit of Progress and Southern Aurora into one train, the unimaginatively named Sydney/Melbourne Express. The Southern Aurora ran for the last time on 2 August 1986. The train was kept in storage until much of it was auctioned off in 1992. After the demise of the train, a number of carriages passed to the Rail Transport Museum at Thirlmere, who have maintained them in operational condition.
Built: 1961 Builder: Commonwealth Engineering, Granville
Service: Nightly in both directions
Entered Service: 1962 Last Revenue Service: 1986
Melbourne Limited Consist:
MHN2364, PHN2363, NAM2332, RMS2358, RMS2359, BCS2356, BCS2357, BCS2379