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A LOOK AT THE MINES AND LINES OF NEWCASTLE and its INNER SUBURBS with Ed Tonks OAM

Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th July 2022

 Enjoy a weekend exploring some of the Mining sites and associated Railway workings of Newcastle and its Inner suburbs with our noted historian, Ed Tonks, OAM.

Our tour will depart Broadmeadow Station at 10.00am on Saturday, traveling via Port Waratah and Morandoo and then over the Tourle Street bridge crossing the south arm of the Hunter River to view Kooragang Island’s Coal Loaders. Visit Walsh Point, the site of the Walsh Island Dock Yard, birthplace of some of Sydney’s first electric trains. Continue on to Stockton over the north arm of the Hunter River to where there are some iconic local landmarks designed by architect George Sanders. View Newcastle’s changing skyline and CBD from across the River. Investigate the story of the Stockton Colliery disaster of 1896. Our Lunch break will be at the historic General Washington Hotel.

After lunch visit Newcastle’s former island suburb of Carrington-another historic harbour side and mining location-a few pubs as well. Away from the harbour to explore the coal mining history of Charlestown, Whitebridge, Dudley, Redhead and areas along the former Belmont Line including the relatively recent Miners Memorial. Return to Hamilton to check in to your Motel for your overnight stay. Dinner at the adjacent Verde Luna Italian Restaurant.

After a harbourside breakfast experience at the former Railway Paymasters Cafe, walk to the nearby terminus of Newcastle’s Light Rail Line for a short ride to Crown Street Newcastle to appreciate some of the historic imprints of the Australian Agricultural Company (AA Co.) sites at this location. See how the old Honeysuckle Railway Workshop sites have been utilised as we return to view the changes to Newcastle’s East End and view the iconic landmark of Nobbys and the Monument to Local Government in the Newcastle area before heading off to Mayfield via Merewether and the Junction for lunch at the Stag and Hunter Hotel located at the Maitland Road terminus of the Mayfield Tramline.

The afternoon tour will take us to the historic suburb of Wallsend to view reminders and relics of its coal mining and railway past.

On Saturday, catch the 7.20am Intercity Service from Sydney due to arrive at Broadmeadow at 9.46am to join our tour coach to take us to our various destinations. Pack your walking shoes, as there will be some areas only accessible by walking. Return to Sydney on Sunday on 3.49pm Intercity Train from Broadmeadow Station. Use your Opal Card for your Rail journeys.
The Weekend includes overnight accommodation at the Allogio Tudor Motor Inn Hamilton, Group Dinner on Saturday night and a full breakfast Sunday morning. Lunches on both days will be at your own expense.

Single Day Tours are available for Saturday from Broadmeadow or from the Tudor Inn Hamilton on Sunday.

 

All COVID-19 restrictions and conditions in place at the tour date will apply.

NOTE. The wearing of masks is required for all public transport travel. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Please accept my Booking for this Tour (Booking Form details below)

Weekend Package Twin Share Accommodation Members and Guests @ $270.00  ……………………

Weekend Package Twin Share Accommodation Non Members            @ $295.00  ………………

Single Supplement                                                                                 @ $  65.00  ……………………

Saturday Day tour only                                                                          @ $  60.00  ………………

Sunday Day tour including Breakfast at the Paymasters Cafe              @ $  85.00 ..……………..

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