The North Coast Daylight
Exclusive Rail & Sail
Welcome to our 5-night adventure by rail and sea- a fully hosted trip by heritage train from Brisbane to Sydney and back by cruise ship – an exciting, autumn escapade in April, 2018, you won’t find anywhere else.
From Brisbane, our privately chartered 621/721 Rail Motor will take us on a relaxing, two-day journey south to Sydney. Built in 1962 to serve the Hunter region of NSW, the train offers windows that can be opened for fresh air and clear views of the passing countryside. We stop in Grafton for lunch and enjoy an overnight stay with dinner by the seaside in beautiful Port Macquarie. Next day, we reboard our train, with morning tea in Taree and an extended stop in the charming town of Dungog where we’ll have lunch at the historic James Theatre. We also stop at Paterson, the home of the Rail Motor Society, to explore the other heritage rail motors before arriving in Sydney early this evening for a 2-night stay.
You’ll be in Sydney for Anzac Day and your hotel is very close to Martin Place should you wish to join the dawn service. You are also close to Elizabeth Street where the annual Anzac Day march is held. Enjoy an afternoon cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard the 1874-built, tall ship James Craig as well as an afternoon free for you to explore Australia’s biggest city.
On day four, we head to Circular Quay to board the Sun Princess for a 2-night cruise back north to Brisbane. There’s time to enjoy the ship’s gourmet restaurants including Curtis Stones’ ‘SHARE’, dazzling shows and deluxe lounges and bars before we arrive back in Brisbane, rejuvenated. You will be escorted by Cruise Express Tour Managers who will look after all the details. All you’ll need to do is enjoy this remarkable adventure, make new friends and have fun. All aboard!
Departs 23 April 2018 - 5 nights
- Daylight service from Brisbane Roma Street Station to Sydney Central Station aboard the heritage 621/721 Rail Motor including morning and afternoon teas, lunch and light refreshments
- 1 night Port Macquarie accommodation at the Waters Edge Motel (or similar) with breakfast
- Dinner at a local restaurant in Port Macquarie
- 2 nights Sydney accommodation at the Grace Hotel (or similar) including breakfast daily
- Anzac Day in Sydney
- Afternoon harbour cruise on the heritage tall ship James Craig
- 2 night voyage on Sun Princess including all meals, entertainment and gratuities
- Welcome aboard get together
- Group transfers in Port Macquarie and Sydney
- Services of professional Cruise Express Tour Managers
Staterooms & Suites
from: $1,990* pp twin share – SOLD OUT
from: $2,590* solo – SOLD OUT
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from: $2,990* solo – SOLD OUT
from: $2,290* pp twin share – SOLD OUT
from: $3,090* solo – SOLD OUT
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621 / 721
New South Wales Government Railways embarked on a program of passenger fleet modernisation placing an order for five 2 car sets in 1960 to displace steam hauled suburban services in Newcastle. After trials, class leader set 621/721 was delivered to Newcastle on 21 August 1961. 621/721 operated in its intended role serving the people of the Hunter region for over 45 years only straying away for brief periods of maintenance in Sydney. During its career it performed thousands of runs to destinations including Telarah, Dungog, Scone, Cessnock, Gosford, Taree and Sandgate Cemetery.
621 was rostered to perform the last regular 620/720 service to Dungog mismatched with car 725 in June 2007 whilst a special RailCorp run to Paterson officially farewelling the sets with invited guests on October 29 of the same year saw it reunited with trailer 721. After a period of storage at Broadmeadow 621/721 was nominated as RailCorp core collection heritage units and allocated to The Rail Motor Society under a custodial agreement. 621/721 now enjoys the next chapter of its service career in preservation at Paterson running heritage tours in the local area and further afield.
Built: 1961 Builder: Chullora Railway Workshops
Formation: 1 power car NPF621, 1 trailer car NTC721
Entered Service: 1962 Last Revenue Service: 2007
Entered Heritage Service: 2010 Passengers: 94 Crew: 8
Car Length: 18.67m Car Width: 2.97m
Maximum speed: 115 km/h Track Gauge: Standard
What our past passengers say
A very big thank you to everyone involved in organising this amazing trip! Scott & I had a wonderful time from the moment we met the Cruise Express staff at Central Station & the friendly & informative volunteers on the train. We met some lovely people and have enjoyed listening to their stories about travelling on similar trains and carriages in the past. We were lucky enough to share our carriage with a very friendly couple. We shared our life stories, travelled on coaches with them, shared meals at restaurants, wineries and farms, and laughed heaps!!Our accommodation at Quest, Griffith was great. The coaches were new and clean and the drivers very friendly. Everywhere we went we learnt something new about farming sheep, growing wine, fruit harvesting, cruising and the work that goes into maintaining and running heritage trains! The meals we had were fantastic! From the breakfast pack on the train to the great meal at Piccolo made by Nona and her family! The dinner at McWilliams, the wonderful lunch at the Junee Railway Station Cafe, dinner at Zecca Restaurant and the breakfasts & dinners at Griffith. Not forgetting the sandwiches & rolls from Moss Vale!We hope you will be organising this trip again and we will highly recommend it to our family and friends. Thankyou again to everyone involved, we have made new friends and lots of new memories.
Tricia & ScottLong Weekend Rail Adventure
A big THANK YOU for the memorable 5 day R&R we have just completed: 3 days on Golden Princess, 1 day in Melbourne culminating with the train journey home, partly on The Spirit of Progress and then the renewed rail motor to Sydney. Every detail was attended to. The train trip was awesome. No time to be bored!!! It was like being on the cruiseship. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided with morning and afternoon snacks and of course the wonderful “happy hour” with beer, bubbles and chips. A big thank you also must go to the “train” staff for all their work. Congratulations and well done!
Stefanie & WallyIntercapital Daylight Rail & Sail, November 2016
We had our Sea Princess cruise from Sydney to South America and back cut short in January when Andrew fell during a walk around Punta Arenas, fracturing his skull and cheek bone. He is recovering well now but can I say that the SureSave insurance that Cruise Express sells was excellent. SureSave phoned us regularly and organised for someone to take care of everything and accompany us home. Princess Cruises helped us a lot and courtesy of SureSave, we flew back to Sydney in first class. I want to thank Cruise Express for their assistance. We have booked over 12 cruises through them and they are always so helpful and reliable, saving us a lot of time and effort. We are looking forward to cruising to the UK next year with Cunard and cruising back with Sea Princess again. From our experience, it’s vital to have travel insurance from a reputable company every time you travel.
Jenny & AndrewSouth America, January 2017
It was totally awesome. Would highly recommend. The trains were gorgeous as were the volunteers. The escorts were great, the hotels were terrific and the Tram Restaurant was excellent. The Golden Princess – the food was terrific and the dining was wonderful. Also I loved the Cocktail Party that Cruise Express held on the Princess, thank you very much!! I would definitely do an escorted tour again with you guys in the future. It really was a terrific experience. Thank you!
TanyaThe Ultimate Rail and Sail, April 2017
The two Bravo cruises we did were wonderful. We love musical theatre so it was great to see so many excellent shows, especially when some of the acts jammed together as part of less formal shows in the smaller lounges which was very special. We made some friends on our first Bravo cruise last year and we cruised with them again on this year’s Bravo cruise. I think music cruises like this offer first rate entertainment and excellent value.