a rail-cruise adventure with warbirds, wine tastings ... many industry awards, trophies and medals,

A RAIL-CRUISE ADVENTURE WITH WARBIRDS, WINE TASTINGS ... many industry awards, trophies and medals,
A RAIL-CRUISE ADVENTURE WITH WARBIRDS, WINE TASTINGS ... many industry awards, trophies and medals,
A RAIL-CRUISE ADVENTURE WITH WARBIRDS, WINE TASTINGS ... many industry awards, trophies and medals,
A RAIL-CRUISE ADVENTURE WITH WARBIRDS, WINE TASTINGS ... many industry awards, trophies and medals,
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    With Scott McGregor, Jeff Watson and David Lowe • Sunset banquet in Bathurst • Wine makers reception in Griffith • ‘Liquid Geography’ lunch in Canberra • War birds air-show in Temora • Rail, War and Art museums in the ACT • Fine dining and bar on board the Aurora • Cosy overnight sleeper accommodation



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  • Escape aboard the iconic Southern Aurora sleeper train on a unique adventure through southern NSW. Your on-board excursion celebrates the creativity of regional winemakers with dinners and functions showcasing their vintages. Be enthralled by a special airshow of rare war birds at Temora’s famous aviation museum and explore the rail, war and art museums of Canberra in one entertaining weekend rail cruise. Savour the toasting and tasting in the long shadows and deep colours of country sunsets on the last weekend of daylight saving. Mid-autumn is an ideal time in the bush for cruising through the countryside in one of our truly great trains.

    Day 1 - Friday 4th April

    You’re invited to central station at around midday to check in, and meet the train crew and your car attendant who will show you to your compartment, your home away from home for the adventure ahead. Join Scott and your fellow travellers for a welcome in the lounge car as the train begins its journey west departing at 12.53pm. Afternoon light enhances the scenery of the Blue Mountains and the tableland country beyond until the train pulls into Bathurst in the late afternoon. Transfer by coach to the astounding baronial mansion of Abercrombie House. Enjoy Bathurst region wines on the terrace and hear the story of this grand estate on a private tour with its owner, Christopher Morgan. An evening of wine and music follows with a three-course banquet in the atmospheric Great Hall. Returning to the train, you can join the revellers in the lounge car for a nightcap or retire to your cosy sleeper for the overnight journey into the heart of Southern NSW.

    Day 2 – Saturday 5th April

    The morning light illuminating the farms, towns and railway junctions of the southern slopes accompanies your delicious breakfast prior to arriving at Temora shortly after 9.00 am. Transfer by coach to the Temora Aviation Museum and a tour of the award-winning display of vintage aircraft and memorabilia. You will be able to witness a special ‘Fly-In’ featuring war birds from the ‘The Pacific Campaign’ including a Spitfire, a Wirraway and a Hudson Bomber. A voucher entitles you to a premium coffee and a barbeque lunch to use at your leisure during the day. Return to the train in the mid afternoon for a sedate 2 hour journey further west to Griffith. Local wines from Australia’s largest wine producing region will be showcased at a sunset winemakers’ reception at the new winemakers museum in the heart of Griffith’s Pioneer Park. Back on the train enjoy a lavish 3-course dinner in the restaurant cars of the Aurora as the journey continues, heading east through Junee junction, Goulburn and onto the branch line to Canberra.

    Day 3 – Sunday 6th April

    Enjoy breakfast as the train ambles through the scenic Molongolo Gorge changing onto the short branch to Canberra at the historic station of Queanbeyan. A special mode of rail transport will be on hand at the station to ferry you across to Canberra’s extensive railway museum. You will be guided through one of the state’s most significant collections of historic railway rolling stock and be witness to a preview of Australia’s largest locomotive restoration project, an extraordinary project bringing the mighty 200 tonne Beyer-Garrett 6029 back to life. After morning tea at the museum you can then choose to visit the National Gallery or join a guided tour of the war birds at the Australian War Memorial before regrouping for lunch at the stunning Mount Stromlo Scope restaurant, the setting for sampling quality wines from Canberra’s busy winemakers. The return journey through the Southern Highlands will be complemented with an on-board High Tea. Pulling into Central in the early evening marks the completion of this unique weekend escape and your wonderful Railway Adventure on the legendary Southern Aurora.

    David Lowe has been making, appreciating and promoting wine for more than 35 years. He began work at Rothbury and progressed to become Chief Winemaker. In 2000 David established Lowe Winery in Mudgee. A pioneering ‘flying’ winemaker with a penchant for Bordeaux, David is also a wine consultant and an

    accredited wine show judge. He has been the recipient of many industry awards, trophies and medals, including Best Zinfandel at the 2003 International Wine Challenge and the Qantas Cup for the Best Australian Chardonnay (1985). Lowe’s 2009 Zinfandel was awarded the ‘Wine of the Show’ at the 2011 Australia / New Zealand Organic Wine Show. He is a prominent wine industry advocate and holds several key positions including Vice President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Vice President of the NSW Wine Industry Association and President of the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association.

    Jeff Watson works as a freelance journalist, film maker and writer; his area of expertise is aviation, with special interest in the extraordinary people within that world. He is a familiar face from more than 40 years work in the media and is well know for his presenting of Beyond 2000, Getaway, 60 minutes and Four

    Corners, just to name a few. His many documentaries include Spitfire Over Australia, Curtiss Kittyhawk, The Ansett Story, Qantas: 50 years of QF1 and the doco drama The Last Plane Out Of Berlin. Jeff’s books include Heads I Win, The Best of Travellers Tales and a biography of Clive Caldwell, Killer Caldwell: Australia’s Greatest Fighter Pilot. Jeff has been a trustee of the Powerhouse Museum and an Australia day Ambassador. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an honorary member of the Spitfire Association of the RAAF and Patron of the Australian Air League.

    Scott McGregor has been involved in the media for over 30 years as an actor, presenter, writer and producer. Graduating from NIDA in 1979, he appeared in a wide range of stage, film and TV roles and has presented and hosted numerous prime- time ratings winners including two series of his own Railway Adventures. As well as

    Railway Adventures he owns and operates ‘Ruwenzori’ - his Orient Express style tourist retreat near Mudgee NSW.


    The Southern Aurora is an icon of Australia’s railway story, 50 years old and still going strong. It originally operated between Melbourne and Sydney and first ran on 16 April 1962 after the opening of the North East standard gauge line from Melbourne to Albury. First-class throughout, including the dining facilities, the Southern Aurora featured all-sleeper accommodation on an overnight service. Today the train is expertly managed by staff and volunteers from the state’s premier rail heritage collection. There are two lounge cars with fully licenced bars, another two restaurant cars and private sleeping compartments, most with en-suites. Big picture windows invite the outside in so you don’t miss the ever-changing panorama on this unique adventure.


    The Temora Aviation Museum is an Australian aviation museum located in Temora, New South Wales. The museum was established in late 1999, based on the collection of warbird aircraft owned by David Lowy. Lowy remains the president of the museum, which is overseen by a seven-member governing committee. The museum is home to many historic military and civilian aircraft that range from the World War II era to the Vietnam War era and holds Flying Showcases to display in depth one of its operating aircraft.


    Canberra Railway Museum is run by the ACT division of the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS). The museum houses displays of historic locomotives, passenger cars, freight vehicles, track machinery and railway memorabilia. The museum precinct also serves as a base for the society’s rail operations. Members work toward preserving and recording railway history; and operating trains with restored rolling stock. The Canberra Railway Museum is home to Australia’s oldest operating steam locomotive, one of the world’s oldest ‘mainline’ steam locomotives built in 1878, and also the heaviest locomotive, the 265 tonne Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive which is currently nearing a decade-long restoration back to working order.


    Abercrombie House at Bathurst was built in the Gothic revival style in 1870s by the Stewart family. William Stewart came to Australia from England in 1825. He was the Lieutenant Governor General of New South Wales and was given land in Bathurst as a reward for his sterling efforts in colonial administration. William Stewart’s eldest son James built Abercrombie House. The house is listed on the NSW Heritage Register and since 1969 the current owners, the Morgan family, have made major restorations to the house, recently adding the Grand Ballroom to the finished list.



    $1650 per person Phone 1300 733 353 or Email scott@railwayadventures for booking form and details


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