Turn back time in historic Kandos

Come and join us for a nostalgic one-day rail tour to the historic branch line town of Kandos, situated at the edge of the spectacular Capertee Valley some 249km from Sydney. Enjoy and admire the panoramic views as the train crosses the Great Dividing Range, before joining the old Mudgee line at Wallerawang.

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as our train traverses the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains before descending past the Zig Zag Railway into historic steel city of Lithgow and onwards to Wallerawang. Here we join the old Mudgee country branch line, venturing past Piper’s Flat, Portland, Ben Bullen, Clandulla and Charbon, and through the magnificent Capertee Valley, the largest canyon formation in the Southern Hemisphere.

Two hours are available in Kandos, and on arrival you will have the option to enjoy lunch on the platform kindly arranged by the Kandos Museum (~$15pp), before having time to wander around the historic township or visit the Kandos Museum to learn about the town’s origins in cement production. Alternatively you are welcome to enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the dining establishments in town, or even bring a picnic lunch – the choice is yours!

Our train departs Central Station at approx. 7.45am* with stops at Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith, arriving in Kandos in time for lunch around 1pm. We set back off for Sydney just after 3pm, returning to Sydney Terminal at approx. 9:30pm*

* – 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 – Interurban, Tourist, Premier and Lounge Class tickets are available, and compartments are available for booking. Seniors, Group and Family discounts are offered, and carriage hire can be arranged by enquiry.

There is a licensed buffet service available on the train (serving hot and cold refreshments/ snacks and alcoholic beverages), however we ask that you please bring cash along in small denominations to help our buffet team, as EFTPOS facilities are very intermittent on most trips due to limited reception.

Estimated Timetable:

Sydney to Kandos
Sydney Terminal (Central) – depart 7:46am
Strathfield – 8:02am
Parramatta – 8:21am
Blacktown – 8:36am
Penrith – 8:57am
Katoomba – 10:04am
Lithgow – 10:58am
Kandos – arrive 1:08pm

Return Times:

Kandos to Sydney
Kandos – depart 3:06pm
Lithgow – 5:29pm
Katoomba – 6:52pm
Penrith – 8:12pm
Blacktown – 8:36pm
Parramatta – 8:52pm
Strathfield – 9:11pm
Syndey Terminal – arrive 9:30pm

The above times are a guide only – please check your tickets for confirmed departure and arrival times.

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