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September 20, 2017 Rail 1 Comment Email Email

When it comes to train travel in New South Wales (NSW) the journey is just as rewarding as the destination, with the State home to a vast network of passenger railway looking onto scenery ranging from desert landscapes to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

Destination NSW has revealed that 5.3 million international and domestic overnight and day trip visitors used the train to travel in NSW during the year ending March 2017, up 4% on the previous year.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said travelling by train is the ideal way to explore rural and regional NSW.

“From Outback rail adventures to dedicated party carriages, the old-fashioned charm of rail travel is most definitely making a comeback,” Mr Marshall said.

“Travelling by train is a great alternative to driving, as long distance journeys are made in comfort while enjoying a view of the diverse landscapes of rural and regional NSW.”

Destination NSW suggests the following epic train adventures:

All aboard the Vino Express
Get aboard the Vino Express, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste the food and wine of Orange en route to the Orange Wine Festival. Departing from Sydney’s Central Station on Friday 20 October and returning to Sydney on Sunday 22 October 2017, the Vino Express package includes food and wine tastings hosted by local growers and producers on board the train, two nights’ accommodation, behind-the-scenes vineyard and cellar door experiences and tickets to two of the festival’s signature events ‘Festival Night Market’ and ‘Wine in the Vines’.

Solar power in Byron
In what is believed to be a world first, Elements of Byron will soon launch its very own solar train named the ‘Byron Bay Railroad Company’. Connecting the resort to Byron town centre, the solar-powered two-carriage heritage train has been lovingly restored and will be open to the community and visitors.

Zig-Zig thrills
Set to partially reopen in the next year, Lithgow’s State Heritage registered Zig Zag Railway will soon be back in action after the devastation from the 2013 bushfires.  Built in 1866 to transport people and produce from the Blue Mountains to Sydney, the Zig Zag Railway now operates as a seven-kilometre tourist attraction and is known to hold special rail-themed events celebrating Harry Potter and Thomas the Tank Engine.

It’s now or never – get your blue suede shoes on for Parkes 
The Parkes Elvis Festival is popular for many reasons, and the journey to get there is no exception. On the Thursday before the festival, the legendary  NSW TrainLink ‘Elvis Express’ departs Central Station to much fanfare, arriving into Parkes later that day. An additional luxury heritage passenger train ‘Blue Suede Express’ will also be available for the first time. These are no ordinary train rides – everywhere you look you’ll see hip-swivelling Elvis impersonators and ‘Priscillas’ singing, dancing and getting the party well and truly started. Tickets for the ‘Elvis Express’ and ‘Blue Suede Express’ are on sale now and always sell out – so get in quick.

The North Coast Daylight
For a journey that traverses land and sea, then the five-night North Coast Daylight is an experience not to be missed.  Commencing in Brisbane on 23 April 2018, the heritage 621/721 rail motor will make its way to Sydney with an overnight in Port Macquarie and stops in Taree, Dungog and the charming riverside village of Paterson, home of the Rail Motor Society. With two nights spent in Sydney exploring the harbour sights, passengers will return to Brisbane on the Sun Princess cruise ship.

Thirlmere rail history
The NSW Rail Museum is a must-visit for any die-hard train lover. Located in the historic railway town of Thirlmere, 90km south west of Sydney, the museum has an extensive rail heritage collection, and is home to steam and diesel locomotives and one of the largest collections of rolling stock items in Australia. Visit on Sunday’s between March – November for a steam train ride on the Thirlmere Heritage Railway.

The Indian Pacific
Considered to be the longest stretch of straight railway in the world, The Indian Pacific is an epic journey by any means.  Whether you travel the full 4,352km from Sydney to Perth over three nights or the shorter 1,693km one night trip from Sydney to Adelaide via Broken Hill, you are guaranteed a memorable journey full of vast contrasting landscapes and true Outback adventure.

For more information on train journeys in NSW go to visitnsw.com

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  1. Lydia Kindred says:

    It’s great that we will have a solar powered train service on our line around Byron Bay very soon but we need and deserve to have a rail service on the rest of the Casino – Murwillumbah line, in one of the fastest growing and most beautiful of regions in NSW! We cannot understand why the government refuses to see the economic, social and environmental benefits to our region and the whole of NSW if we could have regular rail services back on our tracks. With two million visitors to Byron Bay alone each year it’s a no-brainer to be able to distribute them throughout the region to spread the love to all our other wonderful unique towns and villages. Instead a bike path is being mooted for the handful of people who would brave the heat and rain and other natural challenges in preference to a comfortable journey throughout our very special region by rail!

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