Steam Adventure in Southern Queensland April 2021

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Steam Adventure in Southern Queensland

29 April 2021 - 8 days

from $3,785* twin | $4,330* solo

The 1880s saw a number of National building events that inspire the core of this adventure across Southern Queensland and Northern NSW. By the late 1880s Queensland and NSW were joined by rail at Wallangarra and 1889 Sir Henry Parkes arrived by special train to Tenterfield and marched up to the School Of Arts where he delivered his famous ‘Tenterfield Oration’, paving the way for the states to push ahead with Federation. Nation building, railway revolutions and the border lands of NSW and Queensland are pivotal themes in this exciting adventure.

Queensland is blessed with one of the longest narrow0gauge rail systems in the world, which has given the state’s trains a character of their own. From our welcome dinner at the ‘Transcontinental Hotel’ in the heart of Brisbane, the theme of a nation linked by rail will unfold. Travel from Brisbane to Ipswich, Swanbank, Toowoomba and Warwick before taking the rare chance to travel by steam to the border at Goondiwindi.

Further explorations around the border country and the New England by privately chartered railmotor 621/721 will expand your horizons before we return by specially chartered steam train on the Great Northern Railway, the original Sydney to Brisbane line across the Granite Belt to Stanthorpe and Warwick and our final hurrah in Toowoomba.

This rich adventure will take you on some of the rare sections of the region’s railways not normally traversed by passenger trains. All the while the unique character and history of these once busy lines will be revealed from onboard our heritage trains. All aboard!

Your tour leader

Scott McGregor

Scott McGregor has been involved in the media for over 30 years as an actor, presenter, writer and producer. He appeared in a wide range of stage, film and TV roles including Better Homes and Gardens and has presented two series of his own Railway Adventures for Channels 10 and 7. In 2012 Scott decided to combine three of his passions; travel, trains and presenting, and launched Railway Adventures. “Apart from the obvious joy of seeing our country by train, travelling in a small group of like-minded travellers and the camaraderie that comes from shared experiences on tour is an important aspect of the journey. I invite you to join us!”

Package Inclusions

Departs 29 April 2021 - 8 days

  • Welcome dinner at the Transcontinental Hotel in Brisbane with beverages
  • 1 night Brisbane accommodation at the Pullman Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • Visit to the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway with a return steam-hauled journey from Swanbank with morning tea
  • Visit to the Ipswich Railway Workshops Museum including lunch
  • Daylight heritage diesel-hauled journey from Ipswich to Spring Bluff and Toowoomba
  • 1 night Toowoomba accommodation at the Burke & Wills Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • Coach transfer from Toowoomba to Warwick
  • Daylight steam-hauled journey from Warwick to Goondiwindi including onboard refreshments
  • BBQ lunch at historic Inglewood Station
  • 2 nights Goondiwindi accommodation at a local motel with breakfast daily
  • Dinner at a local Goondiwindi Pub
  • Optional day tours from Goondiwindi to Toobeah or Dirrinbandi
  • Daylight travel aboard heritage rail motor 621/721 from Moree to Werris Creek and Armidale
  • BBQ at Werris Creek Station and entry to the Rail Journeys Museum
  • 1 night Armidale accommodation at the Powerhouse Hotel (or similar) with dinner and breakfast
  • Visit to historic Ben Lomond Station
  • Sightseeing tour of Inverell with a visit to the National Transport Museum including lunch
  • Visit to the Tenterfield Railway Museum with afternoon tea
  • 1 night Tenterfield accommodation at local motels with breakfast
  • Dinner at the Henry Parkes School of Arts with beverages
  • Champagne brunch at Wallangarra Station
  • Daylight steam-hauled journey on the Southern Downs Steam Railway from Wallangarra to Warwick and Toowoomba with lunch
  • Farewell dinner at the Downs Steam Railway Heritage Centre with beverages
  • 1 night Toowoomba accommodation at the Burke & Wills Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • Group coach transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals and beverages as indicated in the itinerary
  • Experienced Tour Managers

Tour fares

from $3,785* pp twin
from $4,330* solo

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