XPT Rail Holidays

Macksville

The Mid North Coast over 50’s Getaway

Discover the hidden valleys, rivers and quaint rural communities of the Mid North Coast – from the magnificent rainforest of Dorrigo National Park and the pristine beaches of South West Rocks to the playful dolphins and the colourful butterflies of Coffs Harbour’s most famous attractions. Includes a cruise on the beautiful Hastings River and a chance to enjoy a cold drink at the famous Pub With No Beer and visit the New Slim Dusty Centre.

  • Slim Dusty Centre
  • Pub with No Beer
  • Dangar Falls
  • Hastings River Cruise
  • South West Rocks

Coolangatta

Tweed Coast Escape Rail Package

Take in the natural wonders of northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland including Ballina, Byron Bay, the Tweed Valley, Mt Tamborine and Brisbane.

  • Botanical Gardens Tour
  • Mt Warning Region
  • World Heritage Rainfoest Centre
  • Thursday Tea Tree Plantation
  • Mt Cootha Lookout
  • Byron Bay & Ballina Tour
  • Tweed River Cruise
  • Etham Valley Pantry
  • Nightcap National Park

Western Plains

One Tour Only

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Western Plains Zoo & Warrumbungle’s Experience

  • Wellington Caves Tours
  • Garling Gallery
  • Western Plains Zoo Early morning walk
  • Old Dubbo Gaol
  • Dundullimal Historic Homestead
  • Red Earth Winery Tasting & Lunch
  • Emu Logic Farm Tour
  • Gilgandra Rural Museum
  • Siding Springs Observatory
  • Crystal Kingdom
  • Pilliga Pottery
  • Gulgong Gold Experience
  • Gulgong Pioneer Museum

Grafton

Grafton Getaway
  • 6-night’s all meals & Return Rail
  • Yamba main beach
  • Clarence River Ferry
  • Historic Grafton& Schaefer House
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Maclean
  • Woodford Island
  • Scenic Coffs Harbour
  • Coffs Harbour Jetty and Botanical Gardens
  • Two Tails winery
  • Washpool National Park
  • Boundary Creek Falls
  • 5-night’s Dinner Bed & Breakfast & Return Rail

Coolangatta

Gold Coast Explorer Rail Package

Take in all of the terrific highlights the Gold Coast and surrounding hinterland has to offer including Surfers Paradise, Jupiter’s Casino, Pacific Fair, Lamington Plateau and the beautiful Natural Arch.

  • Surfers Paradise & Q1 Tower Tour
  • Brisbane City Sights Tour
  • Bluewater Cruise & Lunch
  • Visit Lamington National Park
  • The Natural Arch
  • Mt Tomewin& Point Danger
  • Night time entertainment including, Live entertainment & Evening club transfers
  • 7-nights most meals & Return Rail

Bathurst – Mayfield – Hill End

One Tour Only

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Historic Bathurst Region Explorer

  • Ben Chifley’s Home
  • Historic Town Square Walking Tour
  • Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
  • Mayfield Garden Spring Festival
  • History Hill
  • Historic Hill End & Sofala
  • Cowra Japanese Gardens
  • Historic Carcoar
  • Peace Bell
  • Abercrombie House
  • Mount Panorama
  • Bathurst City Sights
  • Return Rail & 4 nights Bed & Breakfast included

Accommodation

Quality Batman's Hill on Collins

Quality Batman’s Hill on Collins

Corner of Collins & Spencer Sts

Room type Rates. per room per night
Economy Room $150.00
Premiere King Room $192.00
Full Breakfast $22 per person
Studio Room POA
1 Bed room apartment POA
2 Bedroom apartment POA

Rates Valid to 31/3/18
Excluding Special Events (Rates on Application)
E.g. AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cup etc.

Premiere King Room

Premiere King Room

Gray Line Day Tours

Bathurst

Accommodation – Day Tours – Short Tour

Bathurst Motor Inn

87 Durham St

Located in the heart of Bathurst within easy walking distance to clubs, pubs, restaurants & shops.

Panorama Motel Bathurst

51 Durham St.

Located in the heart of Bathurst, Bistro & Bar onsite. Within easy walking distance to clubs, pubs, restaurants & shops.

Bathurst Motor Inn Executive Room
Executive Room
Bathurst Motor Inn Budget Room
Budget Room
Panorama Motel Queen Room
Queen Room
Panorama Motel Family Room
Family Room
Room Type 2 People
Small Budget 3 star Doubles Only $94
Standard 3 ½ Star $121
Standard Family 3 ½ Star    3 people $160
Deluxe Room 4 star $149
Executive Room 4 ½ Star $170
Spa Room 4 ½ Star $182
Townhouse 2 bedroom $182
Cottage 3 Bedroom 6 people $330
Extra Person $22

All rooms include ensuite, TV with selected Austar Channels, air conditioning, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, toaster, iron & ironing board and hair dryer

 

 

Room Type Single 2 People
Budget $105 $121
Standard $116 $143
Queen $127 $149
Includes Cooked Buffet Breakfast

Air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with fridge, kettle & flat screen TV. Guests have access to an outdoor swimming pool and guest laundry

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Day Tours

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Mini Bus Day Tours

  • Bathurst History & Highlights
  • Historic Hill End Tour
  • Mayfield Gardens Tour
  • Cowra Japanese War Cemetery Tour
  • Lithgow & Surrounds Tour

Cost  each Day Tour             $109pp

Run on demand. Subject to availability

Minimum numbers apply

Mutli tour discounts available

Large Groups please enquire

4WD Tours

  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Wolgan Valley, Newnes

Cost each Day Tour           $ 212pp

Run on demand. Subject to availability

Minimum numbers apply

Cultural Tours

  • Wahluu Cultural Tours
  • including Morning tea & Lunch

Cost eachFull Day Tour           $ 220pp

Run on demand. Subject to availability

Minimum 4 Passengers 1/2 Day tour available on request

5 Day Tour

Highlights

Ben Chifley’s Home – Abercrombie House – Mayfield Gardens – Bathurst’s Historic Twon Square tour – Hill End – History Hill Museum- Sofala – Cowra Japanese Gardens – Historic Carcoar – Bathurst Town Tour

Group inquires welcome

Full Day Tour Details

Abercrombie House
Abercrombie House
Bathurst Court House
Bathurst Court House

Bathurst History & Highlights

Everyone who takes this tour remarks they never knew Bathurst had so much to offer. Owing largely to where it is located, many Guests will say they have ‘travelled through Bathurst’ but never really stopped here to explore it. This tour will leave you wondering why you hadn’t done it sooner and will have you wishing you had more time to see more. The options are endless. I know you’ll promise yourself to come again

Board the mini bus at your central Bathurst hotel and start with an orientation tour of the old town centre, starting with a tour of Peace Park and the very spot where Governor Macquarie proclaimed the settlement of Bathurst in 1815. We visit over 45 local sights from Australian’s oldest inland Church to the old flour mills, the home of former Prime Minister Ben Chifley. We stop and enjoy morning tea high on the top of the famous Mount Panorama race track. The view is magnificent and although we take a slow drive around the race track itself, you’ll appreciate just how demanding this track is for race drivers and why it is widely regarded as one of the best race tracks in the world. Following morning tea, we continue our journey of Bathurst gradually winding our way away from the old town square and out into the wider community. We look at some of the amazing architecture including the hospital, gaol, numerous terrace home and stately homes.
After a break for lunch we visit Bathurst’s very own castle Abercrombie House (entry fees apply) which no visit to Bathurst would be complete without a visit to. Abercrombie House, a heritage treasure of the region and private home of the Morgan family. The heritage experience includes the 50 room Scottish-baronial mansion of the 1870s; exhibitions, displays, collections, grounds and gardens, outbuildings and property walks around 18 hectares. You will enjoy the guided tour of this magnificent stately home and the grounds.

Northey's store, Hill End Historic Site
Northey's store, Hill End Historic Site

Historic Hill End Tour.

This is a lovely tour for those who enjoy history and a pleasant drive through the country and wish to learn more about gold mining in the area

Leaving Bathurst, we first stop in to Sofala; the oldest surviving gold mining town in Australia. Still a thriving village nestled in a deep valley along the Turon River, you’ll see how life was nearly 150 years ago and how it hasn’t changed much since. We stop for morning tea coffee / tea and cake on the banks of the Turon River. As we reach the town of Hill End, we stop in at History Hill. This is an amazing life’s work by Malcolm Drinkwater who has collected and documented the gold mining history of Hill End in amazing detail. This collection has to be seen to be believed. There will be free time for Lunch (own expense) in Hill End at either the historic Royal Hotel or the Hill End Lodge. After lunch we enjoy a tour of the old town, with remaining buildings such as the Royal Hotel and other buildings presenting themselves much the same as they were when first settled. After the tour we say farewell to Hill End and travel back to Bathurst via the Turondale road. This beautiful drive winds its way through the hills and valleys.

Mayfield Gardens
Mayfield Gardens
Mayfield Water Garden
Mayfield Water Garden

Mayfield Gardens Tour

This tour will have you wondering if you are in Australia or a famous garden in Europe. The owner draws much inspiration from the great gardens of many European and this is truly evident. Not just a must-see-destination for garden lovers. It’s a must-see-destination for everyone. There are simply no adequate words to accurately describe Mayfield Garden. It is simply stunning.

Today you board the minibus at your Central Hotel at 9am and head in a southerly direction toward the little town of Oberon to Mayfield Gardens. This garden is beyond description, covering 160 acres (64 hectares), making it quite possibly the largest privately owned cool climate garden in Australia. Mayfield Garden has featured on Australian TV programs as a standout example of a beautiful garden on a large scale. Mayfield Garden eclipses anything else in the Southern hemisphere and is completely privately owned and maintained. You will enjoy morning tea within the gardens. Lying mid-way between Bathurst and Oberon and employing many full time local people, a visit to Mayfield will have you marvelling at the skill, dedication expertise that has gone into making Mayfield Garden what it is today. Gardeners, horticulturalists, stone masons and specialists all work to manage, maintain and develop this magnificent garden. With the Water garden open to the public all throughout the year and the full garden at selected times (additional entry fee), planning a visit to Mayfield Garden is a must. Lunch is at Mayfield café (Own expense)

Departing Mayfield and head back through the locality of O’Connell. After passing through the War Memorial Avenue of trees, we detour through the back roads to Ben Chifley dam passing the small Renzaglia family winery (call in by prior appointment). We visit Ben Chifley dam (Bathurst’s main water supply) and enjoy a leisurely drive back to Bathurst, passing through the village of Perthville, admiring the old Perthville Pub and seeing where Bush Ranger Ben Hall held up the Hen and Chicken Inn.

The World Peace Bell in the centre of town.
The World Peace Bell in the centre of town.
Historic remnants next to the Stoke Hotel
Historic remnants next to the Stoke Hotel

Cowra Japanese War Cemetery and Concentration Camp Tour
This is a lovely tour for those who enjoy a pleasant drive through the country and wish to learn more about the surrounding towns and war efforts.

Today you board the minibus at your Central Hotel at 9am, leaving Bathurst we travel west along the Mid-west highway with our first stop being the small rural community of Blayney. Enjoy morning tea at the Blayney Lookout. Here you can admire the town itself, look over the hills and learn about the area. We stop in briefly to look at Carcoar Dam and the electricity generating windmills. While in the Carcoar area, we pay a visit to the Central West Livestock Exchange. This amazing state of the art cattle selling facility is world class in its approach to animal welfare and handling methods. We may even be luck to see a sale in progress.
Before taking in the Japanese war cemetery and concentration camp, we first stop into the Cowra Visitors Centre to experience the amazing hologram movie of these features. (requires a Gold Coin Donation). Before free time for lunch (own expense) Your last visit in Cowra is the famous Peace Bell in the forecourt of the Cowra Council Chambers. Departing Cowra we head to the historic town of Carcoar is something everyone should do and before heading back to Bathurst, we call in on this little town to learn about its history; Churches, the old hospital, the town centre and museum (when open).

Queen Elizabeth Park Lithgow
Queen Elizabeth Park Lithgow
Hassans Walls Lookout
Hassans Walls Lookout

Lithgow and Surrounds Tour
A brilliant tour focusing on Lithgow whose early heritage is based on coal mining and war efforts rather than gold or silver. Lithgow is a proud working class town reinventing itself as coal mining operations wind down. This is a fascinating tour that will leave you wanting to know more.

Today you board the minibus at your Central Hotel at 9am, leaving Bathurst we travel east along the Great Western Highway to Lithgow. There is so much to see in this town and today’s tour will focus on the sealed roads to view some of the history. Calling into the two small towns of Portland and Wallerawang on our way to Lithgow, we experience small community living much of which remains unchanged for the past 100 years. We see past industries and how the towns have survived by adapting to new opportunities. Morning tea in Queen Elizabeth Park in the centre of Lithgow is a lovely spot to enjoy a cuppa. Like many country towns, it respects its war veterans and there is nothing nicer than wandering this well-kept park taking in all that it offers. We enjoy a leisurely tour of the town itself from the comfort of the bus; the Small Arms factory; Blast Furnace Park; State Mine Gully; The Vale of Clwyd and Hassens Walls to name a few places of interest, before free time for lunch (own expense) As we leave Lithgow, we travel along the back roads to admire the beautiful Lake Lyall. Originally built as a water supply for the power stations, it is now widely regarded as a great water sport park. There are well maintained facilities with camping, water skiing and fishing being the most popular activities. On our way back to Bathurst, we call into the little town of Rydal. Originally flourishing as the most westerly point of the railway line, it is now a sleepy town with most of its visitors being tourists and 4WD enthusiasts.We make our way back to Bathurst through the villages of Sodwalls, Tarana, Locksley and O’Connell. We pass the lovely Fish River Brewery (call in by prior appointment), experience the beautiful country scenery and you will marvel at the path the main western rail line takes as it snakes its way through the hills and valleys.

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Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Kowmung River and Dingo Dell

One of the most beautiful national parks in our region, this Detour will take you through an area dear to the heart of a very special man, widely considered as Australia’s first conservationist; Miles Dunphy, his wife and son, Milo Kanangra Dunphy. You will truly feel a million miles away from civilisation on this Detour as you step into nature.

Today you will be met at your central Bathurst Hotel at 8.30am to head off on your 4WD adventure.The tour officially starts at the Kanangra-Boyd National Park turn off along the Oberon-Jenolan Caves road, although much can be gained along the way while traveling through the countryside en-route to the town of Oberon before heading to the start point. Learning from the guide about the history of the park is an integral part of this tour. Once at the end of Kanangra road, a comfortable walk will take Guests to view the majestic Kanangra Walls. This is a wonderful photo opportunity.

The tour then backtracks along Kanangra Rd before descending into the valley along the Kowmung River Fire trail, stopping to observe and learn about nature and take photographs before crossing the Kowmung River. Lunch is provided at Dingo Dell. Time is spent here enjoying the surroundings while lunch is being prepared.Depending on Guest requirements, the trip home can backtrack through Oberon, or detour through to Jenolan Caves before heading home through Hampton and Rydal.

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Abercrombie River National Park and surrounding areas

This tour can be a great day tour for couples, families and those wanting a real 4×4 adventure. You’ll see beautiful creeks and streams, wonderful natural bush. Kangaroos and wallabies are common sightings and you’ll take home great photos and memories.

Commencing at your Bathurst motel at 9am your 4WD tour meanders along the Beaconsfield Road from the historical village of O’Connell, passing through the village of Black Springs and onto the start of the Abercrombie River National Park via the Arkstone Road entrance.Like the Kanangra-Boyd tour, the tracks are moderate in complexity offering some wonderfully secluded views and scenery throughout the day.

Lunch is prepared at either The Sink, or Silent Creek before wandering along the various trails learning about the flora and fauna that exists in the areas being visited. There are a number of alternative routes that can be enjoyed within the park before rejoining Abercrombie Road. The return home can be achieved in a number of ways but generally is via Oberon and Lowes Mount Road, Mutton Falls Road and O’Connell.

Newnes
Newnes

Wolgan Valley, Newnes and surrounding areas

The Wolgan valley is ancient and you’ll marvel at the breathtaking scenery once on the valley floor. You’ll pass the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and learn about the history before it was a resort. You can visit the old mining relics in the area. This is a comfortable day trip.

This is a longer day tour that takes us on back roads, heading toward the majestic views of the ancient Wolgan valley, stopping for photos and historical observations along the way. The tour then proceeds down into the Wolgan Valley area to admire the sheer cliffs, the natural environment and to learn about the shale oil mining activity in the Newnes area. Lunch is provided along the way.

Depending on time spent in the Wolgan valley, a Great little Detour will see us climb along one of the many escarpments high up in the hills behind Lithgow. You’ll see some great stone sculptures and learn about the history of this part of the Blue Mountains – one of the most westerly points in our area.

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