The Melbourne Limited - featuring Spirit of Progress and Southern Aurora

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The Melbourne Limited

Featuring the Spirit of Progress & Southern Aurora

The Melbourne Limited – a new and rare 5-day adventure offering the opportunity to ride aboard two of Australia’s most famous trains – the legendary Southern Aurora and Spirit of Progress. 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 parlor cars again.

First, you’ll cruise 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. In Melbourne, you’ll enjoy either lunch or dinner aboard the fabulous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

The following day, you’ll join the iconic Spirit of Progress to Seymour and then the Southern Aurora, hauled by newly restored locomotive 4201, for a journey back 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. Step aboard the Melbourne Limited and let Cruise Express take care of all the details. All you have to do is sit back, relax and make new friends.

This unique and exclusive adventure will book out quickly so reserve your place in history today. All aboard!



Package Inclusions

22 October 2018 - 5 days - from Sydney

  • 3-night voyage on Golden Princess including all meals and entertainment
  • Welcome aboard function
  • Group transfer in Melbourne from port to hotel
  • Lunch or dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant^
    Lunch is at 12pm / Dinner is at 8pm – allocated on a first come first served basis
  • 1-night Melbourne accommodation at the Vibe Savoy (or similar)
  • 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
  • Professional Cruise Express Tour Managers

Staterooms & Suites

from: $1,990* pp twin share – SOLD OUT!
from: $2,490* 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: $2,090* pp twin share – SOLD OUT!
from: $2,790* 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: $2,190* pp twin share – SOLD OUT!
from: $3,090* 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: $2,390* pp twin share – SOLD OUT!
from: $3,390* 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.


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Southern Aurora

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

Call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below to enquire

The Melbourne Limited - October 2018

^Lunch or dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is assigned on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee your requested meal time will be available.

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