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Experience a four-day rock ‘n’ rail extravaganza, cruising through the scenic heartland of Central West NSW to the iconic Parkes Elvis Festival.

We are delighted to partner with Railway Adventures to bring you the Elvis Special tour 11 – 14 January 2024. Starting and finishing at Sydney Central, join us on board our private Aurora Australis sleeping train for the Elvis Special adventure in regional NSW.

Tour Dates

11-14 January 2024

4 Days and 3 Nights

Commences: Central Station, Sydney
10:30am Thursday 11 January 2024

Concludes: Central Station, Sydney
9:00pm Sunday 14 January 2024

Pricing (GST inclusive)*

Twinette ………………………………………………. $3,985 per person

Roomette (solo) …………………………………….. $3,985 per person

Sole occupancy of a twinette compartment..$5,985 per person

Room options

North Coast Room
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Highlights include:

  • 3 Nights accommodation on our private train the Elvis Special;
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with expert local guides;
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners;
  • Excursion/entrance fees, except those listed as optional in the itinerary;
  • Complimentary drinks with welcome and farewell dinners.
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Itinerary

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It’s all the fun of the fair at Central Station, Sydney on the first morning of your tour with a gathering of Elvis look-alikes, and performers to send us on our way. Your exclusive train, “The Elvis Special”, another icon from the 1960’s, is your home away from home for the next four days. Once on board you can recline in your private compartment or join us in the lounge car for a more social affair.

Our journey takes us along the main southern line, where we begin the steep climb up the range to the Southern Highlands. Lunch is served in the Dining car as we roll along past Goulburn, Gunning and Yass. In the late afternoon we arrive in Cootamundra, where we’ll transfer to the Country Club for a celebratory welcome dinner complete with entertainment from our Elvis inspired performer.

The ‘Elvis Special’ will be stabled at Temora all night so following a nightcap or two in the lounge car, your sleep will be uninterrupted.

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

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After breakfast in the Dining Car you have some free time to wander the main street and explore some of what Temora has to offer before our train departs. The next stage of our rail cruise takes us east through the southern slopes to the village of Stockinbingal, an important railway junction where we switch onto the cross country railway, part of the future ‘Inland Rail’, that will take us north toward Parkes. One of the numerous crossing loops on this line is the halt of Bribbaree, our destination for lunch in the village’s classic old Aussie pub, The Rusty Horse Inn, right beside the railway. Here we’ll relax over a drink or two and some fine pub grub while a local entertainer keeps our music juices flowing.

Back on board, we continue our journey north through Forbes to Parkes, arriving in the late afternoon just in time to enjoy the evening’s Elvis Festival events. Take a wander up town to immerse yourself in any number of shows on offer and come back to the train at your leisure. Your home away from home on wheels will be parked on its own safe and accessible siding in the heart of town for the next two nights so you can come and go as you please.

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

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This is the day you’ve all been waiting for! Just after breakfast in the Dining Car we wander up town to grab a spot to view the Grand Street Parade, that’s unless you’d like to join in yourself, in which case, go for it! The Parkes Elvis Festival has been running for over two decades and has been growing in size and reputation every year. Thousands gather to watch and perform and the town is alive with a ‘gyration’ of Elvis impersonators and ‘wannabees’, with a supporting cast of all kinds of characters, classic cars, and no end of memorabilia. The street parade brings it all together in a cavalcade of colour and movement to a soundtrack that rocks.

The new outdoor stage in the main park in the centre of town is the hub for Elvis fans today, hosting a non-stop line up of performers. This day is yours – you are free to enjoy all the events on offer and the various shows that are presented in the air-conditioned comfort of the Leagues club, the Services club and the many pubs. You also have a ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus included, so this will enable you to loop around the venues and museums all day.

This evening you’ll have reserved seats and dinner at the Parkes Leagues Club to enjoy the headline show of the Festival with the celebrated and award-winning Elvis tribute artist, Taylor Rodriguez. After winning at the Tupelo Elvis Festival, Taylor was named the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion by Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) and it doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to Elvis impersonators!

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

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This morning you’re invited to join the post party revellers at the Parkes Railway Bowling Club for a hearty Sunday breakfast prior to the last hurrah at the main stage at the park, the Elvis Gospel service. For those who may be interested, you can renew your marriage vows at a special ceremony and/or join the church service before we head off just before midday.

As the train leaves Parkes and starts the steep climb to Orange and the Central Tablelands lunch will be served in the Dining Car. The long summer afternoon is ideal for soaking up the scenery along the Fish River past Lithgow and over the Blue Mountains.

Dinner is served along the way and your train rolls into Central later in the evening. This is the point in the program where you can announce that ‘Elvis has left the building’.

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

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