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Discover Sydney’s best kept secret...

East Coast Heritage Rail are proud to relaunch our newest regular heritage rail tour: the Hawkesbury River Express, now linked with Brisbane Waters Limited! Enjoy a relaxing day tour with us from Sydney behind a restored vintage diesel locomotive, featuring restored carriages from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.

The Journey:
Departing Central at around around 9:50am*, the train heads north via North Strathfield to traverse the spectacular Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to the gateway of Sydney’s hidden scenic waterways – the Hawkesbury River. Here you are presented with the option to combine your train ride with a lunch cruise aboard the famous Riverboat Postman, alight at Woy Woy to board the iconic MV Lady Kendall II, or continue with the train to Gosford for lunch.

The Riverboat Postman has delivered mail and essentials to the population scattered throughout the gorgeous bays and pristine inlets upriver from Brooklyn over its leisurely 40km journey through the Hawkesbury River since 1910, and is the last river postal service still active in Australia. Operated since 2001 by Hawkesbury Cruises, it now doubles as a tourist experience including a Ploughman’s lunch, complete with commentary about the local area and history from the skipper.

The MV Lady Kendall II will take you on a two-and-a-half hour cruise of the majestic Brisbane Waters including expert commentary and a buffet lunch, and is the only place in the world where five independent waterways meet! Operated by Starship Cruises, the MV Lady Kendall II was built for Ansett Airlines in 1974 for use at Hayman Island and was the last timber ‘mini liner’ cruiser ever built. Both vessels also feature licensed bars serving alcoholic refreshments.

Our train is equipped with a licensed buffet serving tea, coffee, alcoholic refreshments and snacks during the trip and returns to Sydney Terminal by around 4:15pm* – we hope you will join us for a relaxing day out!

* – listed times are approximate only and are subject to change

How to Book:

Seats should be reserved prior to travel – bookings can be made via the links at the top of this page or by calling 1300 65 3801. Last minute, cash-only sales of tickets may be available on the train prior to departure at Sydney Terminal, however these are subject to availability.


Trains operate on selected days – Seated and Lounge Class tickets available. Seniors, Group and Family discounts are offered and carriage hire can be arranged by enquiry.

There is a buffet service available on the train (tea/ coffee/ alcoholic refreshments/ snacks), however due to mobile reception on the route we cannot run card machines and the buffet is therefore cash only.

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