Join us for a scenic day journey to the Illawarra and Southern Highlands – enjoy the rugged natural beauty of the Royal National Park and spectacular coastal scenery along the south coast from Stanwell Tops through to Wollongong and Unanderra. Marvel as our vintage diesel locomotive tackles the steep grades up the Illawarra Escarpment, and enjoy the transition from coastal views to magnificent rainforest from the comfort of our beautifully restored heritage carriages.
A lookout stop is made at the top of the climb at Summit Tank before continuing on to historic Robertson, where most passengers alight to explore the town’s rustic charms and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Alternatively, you can continue through to Moss Vale where the train turns around before returning to Robertson. We then make the journey back to Sydney, traversing the same spectacular route while the sun sets and arriving back in Sydney prior to 7pm – a truly unforgettable day!
The newest addition to our range of regular heritage rail tours, the Hawkesbury River Express is a relaxing day tour behind a heritage diesel locomotive through the spectacular Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to the gateway of Sydney’s hidden scenic waterways – the Hawkesbury River. From here you will have 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 still provides a vital mail service to the bays and inlets of the Hawkesbury Rives and now doubles as a tourist experience including a Ploughman’s lunch, complete with commentary from the skipper. The MV Lady Kendall II undertakes a 2.5-hour cruise of the Brisbane Waters which also includes expert commentary and a buffet lunch. Both vessels feature licensed bars and our train is also equipped with a licensed buffet serving tea, coffee, alcoholic refreshments and snacks throughout the trip, returning to Sydney by around 4:15pm.
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East Coast Heritage Rail is proud to support the Wings Over Illawarra Airshow – travel in style, avoid the traffic and make your day even more memorable – let us do the driving! Enjoy the best of both worlds by combining heritage aviation with heritage rail travel, and ride with us from Sydney through to Albion Park station, only a short walk (100 metres) from the airshow entrance via a dedicated access way. With an incredible flying program each year, Wings Over Illawarra is sure to impress avid aviation enthusiasts and casual tourists alike!
The Airshow Flyer trains feature our beautifully restored and maintained carriages hauled by heritage diesel locomotives, with return trips operating on both days of the airshow. Arrivals are timed at around 10am so you can join the displays from 11am, with a 5pm departure time allowing passengers to take in the whole day’s activities before travelling home in style, with a light buffet service available. Seats can be purchased for either a Saturday or Sunday return train (or both!) boarding at Central, Hurstville, Sutherland and Thirroul.
Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery as our vintage train crosses the Great Dividing Range, conquering the rugged Blue Mountains before descending through the ten tunnels to Lithgow. From here we continue to Wallerawang and before joining the old Mudgee country branch line passing through Piper’s Flat, Portland, Ben Bullen, Clandulla and Charbon, travelling through the magnificent Capertee Valley, the largest canyon formation in the Southern Hemisphere.
We arrive in the picturesque village of Kandos at around 1pm where passengers disembark for lunch, with ample time provided to eat and explore the history of this lovely country town. The train performs a shuttle to Rylstone and return for the locals before passengers rejoin for the return to Sydney, arriving back at around 9pm. Our train is equipped with a licensed buffet serving tea, coffee, alcoholic refreshments and snacks throughout the journey.
We can make that occasion something to remember.
Carriage and full train charters are available for our Heritage Main Line Train operations and also the Cockatoo Run and Hawkesbury River Express.
Contact us on 1300 65 3801 or by e-mail.