Southern Branch Lines April 2021 heritage rail motor 621/721

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Australian owned and operated

Southern Branch Lines

25 April 2021 - 6 days

from $2,390* pp twin | $2,890* solo

For most of the 20th Century, NSW was served by a vast network of railways. Mostly providing a connection for remote and smaller communities, these lines survived until the advent of better roads and automobiles. Today much of this rail network has long disappeared, however, a few lines remain that are rarely ever visited by passenger trains.

Journey with us aboard heritage rail motor 621/721 and discover townships such as Boree Creek, the birthplace of well-known politician Tim Fischer. Venture from Griffith to Hillston on the banks of the Lachlan River for lunch and stop at Merriwagga to visit the tallest bar in the Southern Hemisphere.

In Griffith we’ll visit some of our favourite destinations such as Rosewood Park on Stokes for breakfast in the glorious garden of Mick and Marj Careri, enjoy dinner at Zecca Handmade Italian and stop at Piccolo Family Farm for a fabulous lunch by award winning chef Luke Piccolo.

Heading north we’ll stop in at Rankins Springs at the end of its now unused branch line to visit local character Wally Lamont and his unique junk sculpture gallery. Board the railmotor at Naradhan (population 166) and travel the entire branch to Ungarie where we’ll reverse and travel to Lake Cargelligo for lunch.

We invite you on a tour of the wide-open countryside, characters, country pubs and fascinating history.

Package Inclusions

Departs 25 April 2021 - 6 days

  • Return daylight service from Sydney Terminal aboard heritage rail motor 621/721 including refreshments and unlimited tea, coffee and water
  • 1 night Albury accommodation at the Atura Albury (or similar) with breakfast
  • Welcome drinks at your hotel
  • Margaret Fulton themed lunch at Boree Creek by Hungry Fox & Co. Leeton
  • 3 nights Griffith accommodation at the Quest Griffith (or similar) with two breakfasts
  • Griffith sightseeing tour including scenic hill
  • Visit the Pioneer Park Museum with morning tea
  • Exclusive visit to Piccolo Family Farm with lunch by award winning chef Luke Piccolo
  • Breakfast in the gardens at Rosewood Park on Stokes hosted by Mick and Marj Careri
  • Town tour of Hillston with lunch at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club
  • Afternoon drink at the Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga
  • Exclusive dinner at Zecca Handmade Italian with a welcome drink
  • Visit Wally’s Junk Art Gallery at Rankins Springs with morning tea
  • Town tour of Lake Cargelligo with lunch at the Commercial Hotel
  • Onboard dinner by Red Hen Hospitality from Temora
  • 1 night Cootamundra accommodation at local motels
  • Onboard breakfast by Planted Cootamundra
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Group coach transfers throughout
  • Cruise Express Tour Managers

In support of Legacy

Special Anzac Day departure

$25 from every fare will go directly to Legacy in support of veterans’ families.

Tour fares

25 April 2021 - 6 days

from $2,390* pp twin
from $2,890* solo

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