In a world where fast-paced travel has become the norm, there’s something inherently magical about slowing down and savouring the journey. Imagine embarking on a five-day adventure through the heart of New South Wales, relishing every moment along the way. This is precisely what the guests of Vintage Rail Journeys do on their nostalgic odyssey through the Australian countryside.
The ex-Southern Aurora, with its vintage charm and timeless elegance, carries travellers back to a bygone era. As the journey unfolds, it offers guests a unique opportunity to explore not only the picturesque landscapes of New South Wales but also the rich history of Australian rail travel.
This extraordinary adventure was taken by Greg Grainger, TV presenter with Travel Oz, who is a guest onboard this remarkable voyage. During his time with Vintage Rail Journeys, every moment aboard this tour was an unforgettable experience.
The last leg of the journey begins in Orange, New South Wales, as the train departs from the pre-dawn darkness, embarking on its way to the Blue Mountains. As it makes its way through the lush countryside and tunnels, guests are treated to breathtaking views and stories from the past, shared by those who have a deep connection to the railways.
As the train approaches its final destination, Central Railway Station in Sydney, guests reflect on their adventure. They’ve explored the beauty of regional New South Wales, tasted delicious local produce, and met fascinating characters along the way.
In a world where haste often overshadows the beauty of the journey, Vintage Rail Journeys offers a reminder that there’s something truly magical about slowing down and embracing the old-world charm of train travel. Join us as we embark on this nostalgic adventure, savouring each moment as we travel through time and space on the Riverina Rail Tour with Vintage Rail Journeys.
Summary of the highlights
Embark on an unforgettable journey as we explore the enchanting world of the ex-Southern Aurora, a vintage train that gracefully meanders through the breathtaking landscapes of New South Wales. Hosted by the affable Greg Grainger, TV presenter this heartwarming adventure introduces us to a cast of vibrant characters who make this experience truly exceptional.
Vintage Rail Journeys carries its passengers through the picturesque Riverina, where they can bask in the beauty of the Australian countryside. Stops along the way include Goulburn, a town rich in history with its iconic railway roundhouse, and Coolamon, renowned for its delectable cheese. You’ll even have the chance to step back in time at a preserved historic homestead.
Indulge your senses with a wine-tasting extravaganza at a charming winery and savour delectable meals prepared by the train’s talented chef in the comfort of vintage carriages. The train journey through the Riverina continues, with a delightful visit to Griffith and an eye-opening tour of a local fish farm.
A visit to Tamora provides the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of railway history, complete with a signal box experience. Marvel at the impressive collection at an aviation museum and witness a spectacular array of aircraft that once graced the skies.
As the adventure unfolds, you’ll also visit a winery that captivates the senses, offering unique and flavorful experiences that will leave you craving more.
On the final leg of your journey, explore the mesmerizing Blue Mountains and venture through the famous 10 tunnels, an exhilarating experience that will take your breath away.
The episode is an enchanting tale of vintage train travel, celebrating the extraordinary beauty of Australia’s landscapes, the nostalgia of yesteryears, and the warmth of companionship among passengers and the dedicated crew. Get ready to be captivated by the magic of this exceptional adventure!
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