Long Weekend Rail Adventure 2018 - Sydney to Griffith in September

Any Cruise, Anywhere, Any Time

Taste Riverina Food & Wine Adventure

An exclusive heritage rail experience to Griffith

Welcome to the Taste Riverina Food & Wine Adventure 2018 – our unique heritage rail journey to the beautiful Riverina region of NSW. Over four days of exploration you’ll meet the local producers, go behind the scenes, get exclusive access and best of all your taste buds will be treated to an indulgent, fun and relaxing gourmet journey.

Our long weekend escapade begins with our privately chartered trip by heritage train from Sydney to Griffith. With windows that open you’ll feel a greater connection with the ever changing countryside as it passes.

Amongst the wide plains of the Riverina, a procession of family farms, orange groves, wineries and gourmet restaurants follow – all embodying the passion for food and wine that waves of Italian migrants brought to the area. You’ll visit household names like McWilliams wines but also experience the delights of lunch at Piccolo Farm where four generations will welcome you (son Luke just happens to be one of Australia’s finest chefs!).

Best of all – everything you will experience is bespoke, unique and exclusive. You won’t be part of a crowd or part of just another run-of-the-mill coach tour.

This enriching rail adventure is fully escorted and carefully curated in conjunction with the Taste Riverina Festival. So join us for four days of fun, laughter and great taste. YUM!



Package Inclusions

Departs 28 September 2018 - 4 days

  • Heritage rail journey from Sydney to Griffith and return, with complimentary tea / coffee served onboard
  • Lunch at the Junee Railway Station Café
  • Afternoon tea at Narrandera
  • 3 nights Griffith accommodation at the Grand Motel or Quest (or similar)
  • Tour of Griffith including Scenic Hill
  • Exclusive visit to Randall Organic Rice with lunch by Hungry Fox Bistro
  • Exclusive Tastes of Leeton presentation and tastings
  • Exclusive visit to Southern Cotton Gin at Whitton with tour
  • Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event hosted by McWilliams Wines and Princess Cruises
  • Exclusive visit to Careri’s Garden with morning tea
  • Exclusive visit to Piccolo Farm with orange grove tour, cooking demonstration by Luke Piccolo and buffet lunch
  • Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event at Zecca Handmade Italian
  • Exclusive lunch at Koorambi Winez at Temora with lunch by Mimosa Valley Lamb
  • Group coach travel, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional Cruise Express Tour Managers

Brochure & Itinerary

View and download

Motel Rooms:

Skylight Room – Grand Motel – SOLD OUT

  • from: $1,990* per person twin share
  • from: $2,290* per person sole occupancy

Window Room – Grand Motel – SOLD OUT

  • from: $2,090* per person twin share
  • from: $2,390* per person sole occupancy

Balcony Room – Grand Motel – SOLD OUT

  • from: $2,190* per person twin share
  • from: $2,490* per person sole occupancy

Studio / Apartment Room – Quest Griffith – SOLD OUT

  • from: $2,190* per person twin share
  • from: $2,490* per person sole occupancy

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.



In the early 1950s Clyde Engineering commenced construction of what would become the 42 class locomotives for New South Wales Government Railway (NSWGR). The six single-cab streamlined diesel electric locomotives were introduced from late 1955. Locomotive 4204 entered service on Thursday 29 March, 1956. The 42’s were ordered for main south passenger trains though were never common on the “premier” express trains of the day. They were trialled on services such as the Newcastle Flyer, Intercapital Daylight, Melbourne Limited, Spirit of Progress and Brisbane Limited.  They were also very rare on the south coast.

The introduction of the 44 class diesels from 1957 saw the 42 class transferred to the main south for where built, running between Sydney and Albury. When more modern locomotives usurped the 42 Class in these roles, they were relegated to all manner of traffic, often seen working on the Main South and South Coast lines on freight trains. The class would eventually be rendered surplus and would be withdrawn by 1983. That would not prove to be the end, with 4204 immediately take over by Lachlan Valley Railway. The locomotive is one of two in the class still operational and 62 years after being introduced.

Built: 1955   Builder: Clyde Engineering, Granville – Sydney   Entered Service: 1955
Last Revenue Service: 1983   Entered Heritage Service: 1983 Length: 18.98m
Width: 2.97m  Prime Mover: EMD D12  Power output: 1,600 bhp
Maximum speed: 115 km/h    Track Gauge: Standard

To enquire call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below

Long Weekend Rail Adventure 2018

Call 1300 766 537 or complete this form.

Terms and Conditions

Important Information

Client reviews

What our past clients say

Our cruise with Ponant along the Kimberley coast last month was the trip of a lifetime for us. Read more

Roy and Vivien

The Kimberley with Ponant, August 2018
We want to thank Cruise Express for being so helpful in organising our recent holiday in Europe where we sailed on each of Cunard’s three liners. Read more

Alan and Muriel

Three Queens, May 2018
We just want to thank Cruise Express for your meticulous organisation of our trip aboard the Flying Scotsman train in the UK and our cruise to the Baltic on Celebrity Silhouette. Read more

Robbie and Bruce

Flying Scotsman Train and Celebrity Silhouette Baltic Cruise, May 2018
This was my first cruise but definitely not my last. It was so good to meet other crocheters and enjoy our craft together at sea. Read more


South Pacific Crochet Cruise, March 2018
We loved the crochet cruise. It was such a great experience. Read more


South Pacific Crochet Cruise, March 2018

Free newsletters and specials

Sign up to receive cruise specials, sale notifications and cruise information. You can update subscription details from the bottom of any email.

Don’t worry, we hate spam too.
Find your perfect cruise

Looking for
something else?

Contact us by using the form below.

Need more information?

Payment options

Read more

Travel Insurance

Read more

Latest news and offers

Read more

Visa Information

Read more
Get in touch
Suite 92/24 Buchanan Street Balmain NSW 2041
Suite 2/30 Karalta Road Erina NSW 2250
Suite 8/2 St Johns Avenue Gordon NSW 2072
Perth (contact us for a face to face meeting)