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Australia - Steam on Five Gauges (Ground Only)

Start 2023 with a trip of a lifetime for any dedicated steam enthusiasts! Our escorted rail holiday to Australia boasts six steam railways including four exclusive charters, three railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, a first class journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!

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15 days from £3599 (Ground Only Fare)



Monday 10 April 2023 - (Arrival in Melbourne)



  • Discover the historic Victoria Goldfields Railway

  • Travel across the Creek Trestle Bridge on The Puffing Billy Railway

  • Exclusive steam charter at Bellarine Peninsula Railway

  • Explore the Steamrail Victoria Newport Workshops

  • Travel first class from Melbourne to Sydney on the XPT

  • Scenic train ride into the Blue Mountains

  • Ride on the steepest passenger railway in the world!

  • Private steam charter at the Illawarra Light Railway
  • Guided tour of the huge locomotive collection at the New South Wales Railway Museum

  • Travel in style with a private vintage 1920’s railmotor ride
  • Photo run-pasts and exclusive steam charter from Thirlmere to Buxton

  • Exclusive charter of the 1891 Sydney Steam Tram

  • Scenic rail route north from Sydney to Newcastle

  • Two days and two steam journeys at the incredible Maitland Steam Festival

  • Free time for sightseeing in Melbourne and Sydney


Also included in your Tour Fare:

14 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities

Breakfast each day plus 3 lunches

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager



Read our Australia Steam on Five Gauges 'taster' blog here -



Monday 10 April 2023
Join the group at our hotel for the next five nights, the stylish Quality Batman's Hill on Collins for the next five nights.


Tuesday 11 April 2023
After breakfast, the day is ours to relax and explore the fantastic city of Melbourne at our leisure. Options include the free "Circle Tram" tour of the city plus; the inner-city trams are also free. Our tour manager will advise on evening tram riding options and restaurant locations in the city.



Wednesday 12 April 2023
Today we take the train to Castlemaine. Here we board the 5'3" gauge Victoria Goldfields Railway steam locomotive and enjoy a return journey across the former Goldfields to Maldon, we may even spot a kangaroo or two during the journey! The railway opened in 1884 and is the last remaining fully operational branch line that was used to develop rural Victoria in the late 19th century. When we arrive in Maldon, we have free time to explore historic former gold rush town with its classic turn of the century buildings. We enjoy lunch at leisure and can even sample some real Aussie ale at the Kangaroo Hotel…yes, it really is called that! We return to Melbourne later in the day.



Thursday 13 April 2023
This morning we travel by local train to Belgrave and a journey aboard the wonderfully preserved 2'6" gauge Puffing Billy Railway. As the turn of century steam locomotive leaves Belgrave, we cross over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge and venture into a fascinating landscape of rainforests dense with lush ferns, towering mountain ash trees overhead, panoramic rural valleys and rolling green hills. When we arrive at Lakeside Station, we enjoy free time to stretch our legs or buy some refreshments before continuing behind a different steam locomotive along the full length of the 25km line to Gembrook and return.



Friday 14 April 2023
We travel by private coach to Queenscliff for an exclusive steam charter over the 3'6" gauge Bellarine Peninsula Railway to Drysdale and return. Afterwards we travel by road to the Williamstown Railway Museum where we have a private tour of the largest collection of Victoria Railway engines. There are more than 15 different locomotives, ranging from the diminutive F class up to the H class, the largest locomotive to operate in Victoria. We also have an exclusive visit to the nearby Steamrail Victoria Newport Workshops that date back to the 1880's.



Saturday 15 April 2023
Today we say goodbye to Melbourne and depart on the morning XPT train in first class to our new destination of Sydney, where we arrive in the early evening. There is a café car so we can purchase refreshments on board during our journey. Our route takes you through the city of Wagga Wagga and features a spiral of engineering greatness, as well as a glimpse of rural Australia. When we arrive in Sydney our base for the next six nights is the stylish Rydges Sydney Central Hotel, conveniently situated just a 5-minute walk from Sydney Central station.



Sunday 16 April 2023
After breakfast we take another scenic local train ride south along the coast to Albion Park for a private steam charter on the 2ft gauge Illawarra Light Railway. We visit the volunteer operated light railway working museum founded in 1972 and during our guided tour we view the steam and diesel collection that were used on industrial and sugar cane lines. We enjoy lunch before we return to Sydney.

B, L


Monday 17 April 2023
This morning we enjoy a two-hour train ride to Katoomba in the stunning Blue Mountains for a visit to Scenic World. Here we can journey on the Scenic Railway that has been operating since 1945 and discover the thrill of riding on the steepest passenger railway in the world! This unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest and descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel. During our day we can also enjoy a stroll along the elevated 2.4 km Walkway, travel on the Cableway and view the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway, the largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere with 360° views of the Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.



Tuesday 18 April 2023
Today we enjoy a day at leisure to explore the many famous attractions stunning Sydney has to offer. Using our included "Opal" transport pass we can travel on the local trains, tramway, and ferries from Circular Quay with great views of the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Your tour manager will advise you on the multitude of attractions available for you to visit in this amazing city including the Lofthus Tramway Museum.


DAY 10

Wednesday 19 April 2023
A fascinating and unique rail experience awaits us today! Firstly, we travel by rail to via Campbelltown to Picton where we have a private vintage 1920's railmotor ride from the main line station over the branch to the New South Wales Railway Museum at Thirlmere. After a guided tour of the huge collection of 38 steam locomotives, we view the operating roundhouse and enjoy a group lunch. We then enjoy an exclusive steam charter over the 14 km old main line to Buxton and return with a photo run-by included. We are part of a very elite club today as this line only sees steam four or five times a year! Following our very memorable day we return, in style by vintage railmotor to Picton before boarding our return train back to Sydney Central.

B, L

DAY 11

Thursday 20 April 2023
This morning we travel by local train to Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum located on the site of a 1914 railway roundhouse. The museum exhibits the fascinating history of the main western line and is also home to the Steam Tramway & Preservation Society. During our visit we have lunch and enjoy an exclusive charter of the 1891 Sydney Steam Tram.

B, L

DAY 12

Friday 21 April 2023
Today we bid farewell to Sydney and continue our great Australian rail journey with another scenic rail route from Sydney to Newcastle. Our base for the final three nights is the Ibis Hotel located just a 10-minute walk from the Interchange station.


DAY 13 & 14

Saturday 22 April & Sunday 23 April 2023
We enjoy two full days at the incredible Maitland Steam Festival featuring mainline steam with two or three engines in action over three different routes, the Great Train Race with steam trains chasing each other, traction engine rally, stationary engines, street market and coach trips to the nearby Richmond Vale Railway. During the steam festival we have tickets included for a steam ride each day, including one of the race trains.



Monday 24 April 2023
Following our fortnight of amazing Australian steam adventures, we bid farewell. Those who have booked the flight inclusive version of the tour depart mid-morning by rail to Sydney, connecting onwards by train to Sydney Airport for the late afternoon Singapore Airlines flight via Singapore.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch


Batman’s Hill on Collins

The Batman’s Hill on Collins is ideally located opposite Southern Cross Station with many of Melbourne’s top attractions located within a 10 minute walk. The hotel offers plenty of meal options with two restaurants and two bars including the aptly named Platform 66 bar! The comfortable bedrooms offer TV, complementary Wi-Fi, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge, and air-conditioning.


Rydges Sydney Central Hotel, Sydney

The Rydges Sydney Central Hotel combines elegant style with an excellent city centre location in Surry Hills, next to Central Station. The hotel is within walking distance of Darling Harbour, and all of Sydney’s iconic attractions are within easy reach. The hotel has an award winning bar and restaurant offering an impressive range of craft beers. All bedrooms are spacious and equipped with safe, free Wi-Fi, iron & ironing board, TV, air conditioning, mini-bar and tea & coffee making facilities.


Ibis Hotel Newcastle

Located in Newcastle West, the Ibis hotel is situated within two miles of Merewether Beach and Newcastle Beach. The hotel is conveniently located approximately 10 minute walk from Newcastle Interchange Station. All bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, fridge, and tea & coffee making facilities. Please note Wi-Fi is chargeable at the Ibis Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar.



Ground Only Fare:

Joining Melbourne and leaving Sydney


Single Traveller Supplement



*NB*  For clients wishing to fly to Australia with Railtrail Tours package, please use the Flight Inclusive version of this tour.


14 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities

Breakfast each day plus 3 lunches

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager




Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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