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

Enjoy a weekend exploring the Mining sites and associated Railway workings of Newcastle and its Inner suburbs with our noted historian, Ed Tonks, OAM. Areas to be explored start with the site of South Waratah Colliery on the Raspberry Gully Line. Travel to suburban Lambton, New Lambton, Jesmond and Wallsend to view sites and any relics remaining of collieries and railways servicing these mines. Lunch at a local Hotel.

After lunch visit more railway and colliery sites associated with the Junction and Merewether areas.

Travel to Nobby’s and learn of activities that were once there and discover how the Newcastle foreshore has changed from the early days of coal exports.

Check in to the Alogio Tudor Motel to freshen up before Dinner at the nearby Verde Luna Restaurant.

On Sunday, Depart at 8.00am for breakfast at the Paymasters Cafe. Before departure, check out the adjacent Convict Lumber Yard site. We will then proceed via Carrington to Port Waratah and Morandoo before crossing the Hunter River to Stockton. View Newcastle’s changing CBD from across the river. Investigate the Stockton Colliery site and of the mine disaster of 1896. Visit the site of Walsh Island Dock Yard, birthplace of some of Sydney’s first electric trains and view Kooragang Island’s Coal Loaders.

Lunch at the Stag and Hunter Hotel located at the former Mayfield Tram Terminus.

After lunch, return to Newcastle via Hamilton and visit some AA Co. sites. See how the old Honeysuckle Railway Workshop sites have been utilised and visit the Newcastle Regional Museum. Transfer to the Newcastle Interchange to catch the 3.43pm Intercity Train for Sydney.

Catch the 7.21 am Intercity Service from Sydney due to arrive at Broadmeadow at 9.47 am to join our tour bus to take us to our various destinations.

Pack your walking shoes, as there will be some areas only accessible by walking.
The Weekend includes overnight accommodation at the Alogio Tudor Motor Inn, Hamilton. A Group Dinner Saturday night and full breakfast Sunday morning. Lunches on both days will be at your own expense.

Single Day Tours are available for Saturday or Sunday from Broadmeadow.

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  • 07/08/2021