Golden West Train

Celebrate Australia’s diverse history and rich culture with visits to regional towns, gardens and attractions. You will also travel on rail lines which don’t have scheduled passenger services, making this a real adventure.

This exceptional journey through some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery features sandstone cliffs by the Hawkesbury River, the stunning coastline to Newcastle, the far regions of the Central West and theJurassic rainforest of the Blue Mountains. Stroll around the Hunter Valley wineries, roam the spectacular Mayfield Garden, while sampling the finest produce that the region has to offer.

Tour Dates

11-15 September 2022

9-13 October 2022

6-10 November 2022

19-23 March 2023

10-14 September 2023

5 Days and 4 Nights

Commences: Central Station, Sydney
9:00am Sunday

Concludes: Central Station, Sydney
6:30pm Thursday

Pricing (GST inclusive)*

Twinette ……………………….. $4,250 per person

Roomette (solo) …………….. $4,250 per person

  • 2022 season prices ex-Central Station, Sydney. Cancellation Policy – If we are unable to run the tour due to COVID-19, we will provide a full credit for payment made by you, for one of our later tours

Room options

Golden West Room
Golden West Map

The Experience

A journey highlighting the best that New South Wales has to offer. Relax aboard our refurbished 1960s sleeping train. Stroll around the Hunter Valley wineries, roam the spectacular Mayfield Garden, all the while sampling the finest local produce that the region has to offer.

Unpack only once and enjoy everything that slow rail touring provides.

Highlights include:

  • A ‘Riverboat Postman’ cruise on the Hawkesbury River,
  • The Hunter Valley,
  • Werris Creek,
  • Orange Heritage,
  • Mayfield Garden,
  • Kandos and the Capertee Valley,
  • Blue Mountains Villages.
Golden West Experience


Your Golden West adventure starts at Central Station, Sydney. Once on board, you can choose to sit in the lounge or dining cars, or your private cabin while we travel to the spectacular Hawkesbury River. We will depart the train for a lunch cruise with the ‘Riverboat postman’.

We then rejoin the train and travel right by the water at Mullet Creek and alongside Brisbane Water. We skirt around Newcastle and on to Maitland in the Hunter Valley. The train will be stabled for the night at The Rail Motor Society, Paterson.

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Today we will enjoy the best that the Hunter Valley region has to offer using our private Aurora Explorer Coaches. Our first stop is the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens featuring 10 amazingly themed gardens with influences from all over the world. Included in the Aurora Explorer coach tour will be cellar door wine tastings at selected wine makers.

Coaches will also take you to the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village with its unique collection of boutique retailers promoting the best local produce, artistic talent, contemporary cafe dining and cellar door wine tasting.

Lunch today is at your own choice and cost.

Your Aurora Explorer buses will return you to Branxton Station in preparation for a 3pm departure. We will travel the remainder of the Hunter Valley, and on through Ardglen Tunnel to Werris Creek. We will visit the Australian Rail Monument and Railway Journeys Museum. Dinner will be served on-board the train at Werris Creek Station, before we move to the rail yard where we will be stabled for the night.

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Enjoy breakfast on board the train traveling along the freight only line from Werris Creek, arriving at Binnaway Junction by mid-morning, where the train changes direction.

We will continue our journey and enjoy lunch on the train as we make our way to Orange. Visit the beautiful Cook Park, 4.5 hectares of parkland in the heart of Orange. This is a 145 year old, traditional Victorian style park which embodies the seasonal colours of Orange.

Dinner will be served on-board the train at Orange rail yard, where we will be stabled for the night.

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Enjoy Breakfast on board as we head to Bathurst, where we will board coaches to transfer to Mayfield Garden, one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens. Covering more than 64 hectares, the scale of the gardens is truly breathtaking. At the garden, Lunch will be provided for you to enjoy at  your leisure in numerous picnic spots.

Alternatively, visit Abercrombie House, an outstanding example of Victorian Tudor style architecture, built by the Stewart family in the 1870s. The Morgan family purchased the house in 1969, have made major restorations and currently live in the house. Lunch will be provided at Abercrombie House.

After lunch, our coaches will return us to Bathurst, where you can visit the Bathurst Railway Museum. We will then have the rare opportunity to ride the closed Gwabegar line from Wallerawang, up the Capertee Valley to Kandos, the town famous for its cement works.

We will take a short walk through town for an after hours visit to the Kandos Museum, and learn more about the fascinating industrial history of this town. We will then enjoy a true Aussie dinner at the Kandos Hall, followed by a bush dance! We will stay for the night in the tranquility of Kandos.

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Enjoy breakfast as we travel back down the stunning Gwabegar line and cross the Great Dividing Range to Wallerawang. On through Lithgow and through the 10 tunnels that replaced the Lithgow Zig-Zag, then cross the Darling Causeway on the way to Mount Victoria.

Stopping at Mount Victoria, you will depart the train and board your Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to see the vibrant Blue Mountains Villages in your own time. Walk out to the edge at Echo Point, see the majestic Three Sisters, check the waterfalls and the vibrant villages. Take a ‘Scenic World‘ ride (optional extra – tickets may be bought on the train).

Lunch is at your own arrangements in the picturesque Blue Mountains villages.

At 4:00pm we will again board the train for our return to Central Station, Sydney at approximately 6:30pm.

You will have had a truly memorable Vintage Rail Journey!

Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.