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Binnaway, Coonabarabran, Baradine, Gwabegar. A VISIT TO THE WESTERN PLAINS ZOO at DUBBO Departing from Paterson and Broadmeadow via Maitland Singleton Muswellbrook Scone Murrurundi Quirindi and Werris Creek. Returning via Merrygoen Dubbo Wellington Orange Bathurst Lithgow and Central to Broadmeadow and Paterson.

Come and join the ARHS NSW Division and The Rail Motor Society for a new adventure to a former railway destination and a visit to the Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo for our annual Queens Birthday Weekend Tour.

Friday 11th June. Travel from Sydney on the 6.15am Intercity Train service to Broadmeadow to join our heritage 621/721 Rail Cars.

Departing Broadmeadow at 9.00am we will serve a welcome Devonshire Morning Tea as we pass through Maitland and Singleton, passing the great moonscape of open cut coal mines to Muswellbrook, stopping there for a leg stretch. Continue north through Scone and Murrurundi climbing the 1 in 40 grades and through the Ardglen Tunnel, descending to Willow Tree and on to Quirindi before stopping for lunch on the station at Werris Creek. Take the opportunity to visit the Station Museum and Railway Memorial before rejoining our train and proceeding to Gap junction to travel on the cross country line to Binnaway. On arrival, transfer to our coach to follow the 51 km closed section of the Gwabegar Line to Coonabarabran where we will check in to the Matthew Flinders Motor Inn for a 3 night stay. Drinks in the bar before Dinner in the Dining Room.

Saturday 12th June. After a hearty country breakfast we will be joining our coach to travel to the Siding Spring Observatory. Meet our Tour Guide and visit the Exploratory Centre, also visiting Trig Point and Australia’s largest optical telescope. Morning Tea in the Exploratory Cafe. Depart for the Warrumbungle National Park Visitors Centre to meet the local Rangers. Continue to the Canyon Picnic Area for a packed lunch. On our return journey visit the Whitegum Lookout  and view the spectacular Warrumbungle Mountains and the iconic Breadknife. Pay a visit to the amazing Crystal Kingdom. Return to town for a Chinese Banquet Dinner before relocating to the Warrumbungle  Observatory to view the Night Sky with a noted astronomer. (Weather permitting). Return to the Motel.

Sunday 13th June. Join our coach again after breakfast spending a day on a journey following the 95 km closed railway line to Gwabegar. We will check out the station locations along the line at Yearinan, Bugaldie, Wittenbra, Baradine, then Kenebri and Merebene. Gwabegar, created in the 1920’s, is located nearby the Pilliga Scrub where timber cutters exploited large stands of the termite resistant white cypress pine.

Return to Baradine for a Country Pub Sunday Roast lunch and visit the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre. Return to the Coonabarabran  Visitor Centre to view the Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition and Aboriginal Artefacts and Art Display.  Take a stroll around the town before for our third night dinner at the Motel.

Monday 14th June. After breakfast, a return transfer in our coach to Binnaway to re-join our train for a morning run to Dubbo. We will be met at the station to be transferred to the Western Plains Zoo for lunch and an afternoon amongst the amazing variety of wild animals. Our Coach will have an on board guide as we travel around the zoo to view the natural locations created to see the amazing variety of animals.

Check in to the Dubbo Comfort Inn International for our last night stay. Enjoy a Happy Hour with drinks in the Bar before our dinner in the Dining Room.

Tuesday 15th June. Following breakfast we return to Dubbo Station to join our train for our homeward bound journey. Following the main western line through Wellington to Orange for a leg stretch and on to Bathurst for lunch at the Victoria Hotel. Continue eastward to Lithgow and a run down the Blue Mountains to terminate at Sydney Central Station. The train will then return to Broadmeadow and Paterson.

You may wish to travel to Paterson or Maitland to join our train before our Friday departure. Accommodation is available in Paterson and Rutherford (close to Telarah Station) for the preceding Thursday night at your own arrangements and cost.

The Tour cost is all inclusive of Rail travel in 621/721. Coach travel and transfers, Dinner Bed and Breakfast accommodation for 4 nights,  lunches, Entry to all venues with morning and afternoon teas whilst on board our train. Please use your Opal Cards for travel to Broadmeadow. Refreshments and Souvenirs will also be available to purchase on board our train.

Drinks at Motels and venues and items of a personal nature are at your own expense.

Tour Notes will be distributed on departure from Broadmeadow.

Covid 19 social distancing regulations will apply to all travel.

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  • 12/06/2021