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Steam Adventure in Southern Queensland, with a private train tour of Northern NSW and The New England

The 1880’s saw a number of Nation building events that inspire the core of this adventure across Southern Queensland and Northern NSW. In the mid 1880’s Queensland’s railway construction boom reached Warwick, which soon became one of the main railway towns in the state. By the late 1880’s Queensland and NSW were joined by rail at Wallangarra and in 1889 Sir Henry Parkes arrived by special train to Tenterfield and marched up to the School Of Arts where he delivered his famous ‘Tenterfield Oration’, paving the way for the states to push ahead with Federation. Nation building, railway revolutions and the border lands of NSW and Queensland are pivotal themes in this exciting adventure.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor
Price: $3,785
Single Supplement: $545
ARHS Discount: $150
Date:  29 Apr 2021 – 6 May 2021

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At a glance:

  • Take a ride on the heritage Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway
  • Visit the world-class collection at the Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum
  • Enjoy the scenic run to Toowoomba and stop at the iconic Spring Bluff Station
  • Travel on the Southern Downs Steam Railway from Warwick to Goondiwindi
  • Learn about the cotton industry at the Goondiwindi Cotton Factory
  • Ride the rails in the NSW north from Moree to Armidale via Werris Creek
  • Have lunch on the station and explore the great museums at Werris Creek
  • Visit the National Transport Museum in Inverell and explore their vast collection
  • Follow the route of the Great Northern Railway from Armidale to Tenterfield
  • Enjoy a grand dinner at the Henry Parkes School of Arts
  • Savour a lavish breakfast on the platform at the historic Wallangarra station
  • Soak up the scenery on the spectacular run from Wallangarra north to Toowoomba
  • Enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner at the site of the excellent Downs Steam Museum Depot