3 Cities 3 Trains Rail Package


Hello Stephen


Just a quick note to thank you for organising such a fabulous trip: both Vera and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


All the details were clearly presented and the travel pack you sent made it so easy for us every single day. From the accommodation choices to the scenic tours, the selections were splendid and we had a great holiday. All the bookings were according to the travel documents and everything went really smoothly.


There was one little thing: and I couldn’t even call it a “hiccup”.  When we arrived in Adelaide, we assumed we would be right in the city.  But, of course, we were wrong with our assumption.  We weren’t right in the city: we arrived at Parklands Terminal.  This was a short drive out of the city – and there were plenty of taxis available to take us to our accommodation.  So, there weren’t any hold ups or delays.  And our confusion was short lived.


Again, we had a great holiday.  It was a great way to see some of the Oz countryside; from the Yarra to Barossa, Adelaide Hills and back through Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains.


The Indian Pacific experience was absolutely wonderful and would be hard to beat: from the welcoming greeting at the Terminal to the organisation of off-train tours to the delicious meals and the very hospitable staff, it was a very much appreciated end to our short holiday.


Thank you and kind regards


Yellow Rock 2777

April 2019

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12 Day Perth Margaret River Tree top Walk & Wild Flower holiday package


Hi Stephen

We returned home on Wednesday after a wonderful holiday, it all went well from start to finish. Our accommodation was great, and only a 3 minute walk to the Travelodge to pick up the coaches, which were dead on the dot at 7.30a.m. only being 5 minutes late one day. The three day tour to Margaret River was great and accommodation first class. We really enjoyed all the other tours too.

Our journey home on the Indian Pacific went very well.

I can’t thank you enough for the organisation of the whole trip, and look forward to travelling with you again.

Many thanks


Colo Vale

October 2018

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Dear Stephen


I just wanted to say thank you for all efforts re the recent Broken Hill trip. As a first time with a tour group it was excellent. I enjoyed all aspects.


While most of the others didn’t seem aware of the Ibis motel option, thus I was the only one staying there from the tour group, it worked out well. From my point of view it was better located as I could easily walk down the street to the main activities. As a result, I tried different dinner venues and got to experience the Priscilla Hotel as well!


The Ibis was excellent in terms of accommodation and food; modern and functional. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The room was well appointed and warm. I would recommend it for value for money.


I thoroughly enjoyed the tours. They worked well in terms of some down time between morning and afternoon tours or finishing at a reasonable time. The morning start times, not too early, suited me! Both Ray and Eric the drivers for the tours were excellent; knowledgeable without talking at you. Always helpful, please pass on my thanks to Silverton’s. The anecdotes and information they provided gave one a real feel for Broken Hill, past and present.


The variety of the tours offered were terrific; tour of the town, then out to the surrounds then off to ‘Bushy’ White’s mining museum. Silverton was excellent, the overwhelming 18-room museum was well worth a look. And the sculptures in the desert was a very nice early evening activity.


And for me, being able to fly one-way was good not only in terms of transport but seeing Broken Hill from the air.


With many thanks, and I look forward to booking another train experience with you again; hopefully sometime this year.


Kind Regards



Double Bay NSW


Broken Hill Rail Tour 23-28 July 2018.

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This email is long overdue.

John and I would like to say thank you for such a wonderful holiday experience on the trip to the Gulf. It will always be a special memory for us both. Such fun , so well organised and some great fellow travellers.

Each day presented itself in a different way with so many amazing thing to see and do . We cannot imagine just how much hard work is involved in putting together such a trip. You obviously do a wonderful  job because everyone speaks so highly of the various trips they have been on with you.

Thank you so much for a great holiday.

Pat and John


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Hi Steve


I just wanted to say thanks for a marvellous trip to the Flinders Ranges and around.  It was amazing and I commend you on your good organisation and your flexibility to fit in as much as we have time to do.


I have looked at your planned trips for 2019 and will not commit myself at this stage, but shall keep an eye on things.  I am hoping that I may be able to catch up with your group on the Sunshine Coast when you come.


Thanks again and keep up the excellent work!


Mudjimba QLD

October 18

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Dear Steve,


We would like to thank you and let you know how much we enjoyed out trip with you to Qld. Outback and Gulf.


Everyday was interesting with new things to do, interesting places to see, photo opportunities, great organisation, fun travelling companions, and more than enough food even in the most remote little towns.


We appreciated your organisational skills, with safety as a priority, and that all costs were covered bar a few lunches.

We wish you well with the trip next week to Wilpena.  Please remember us, and pass on our best wishes to Rachel and Robert.


Kind Regards, Vince and Frances

Killarney Vale NSW

September 2018

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Dear Stephen



Robert & I are writhing to thank you for another wonderful & interesting trip. This time to Outback Queensland. There was so much more to see than we had ever realised, such as – old railways, gorges, lava tubes & museums I.E. Land & Marine Fossils, John Flynn & the underground hospital.

The cost of excursions, entry fees + most meals being included in the tour prices meant that we only needed money for souvenirs, drinks & snacks.

Both you and our fellow travellers showed great kindness & thoughtfulness plus great humour on all 3 trips we have done with you.

Well done

Robert & Rachel

Bathurst NSW

September 2018

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Many thanks for a great time in Melbourne. The organisation, accommodation, and places visited were first class, as was the company.

Congratulations once again to you and Carol.


Roger and Eva 3 April 2017

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Just a big thank you to you and Carol for a great holiday.  This was my first trip with Rail Holidays and definitely not the last, I have already signed on for the Melbourne Flower Show and the Wilderness Cruise next year.

The care and concern you showed for each one of us was outstanding.  It was a jam packed few days of excitement which I greatly appreciated.

With my best wishes ……Wendy Rayner  12 Sep 16

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Once again thank you for such a great break in Melbourne. I had not spent much time down there before and thoroughly enjoyed all the events you planned for us.  It was so well organized and with no hidden costs it all went so smoothly for us holiday makers.


I am looking forward to both Vivid and the Hunter Garden Lights etc and hopefully more journeys next year with you and Carol.


In appreciation……Wendy  4 April 2017

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I have found Stephen McKelvie’s tours truly marvellous, with all inclusions meticulously planned. Each day differs from the last, which makes Stephen’s tours so varied and interesting.
Having Stephen escorting tours takes all the worry and stress out of travelling, as he is always available to guide and support travellers, and his attention to detail is impressive.

Stephen’s tours always more than meet my expectations.

Joan Tierney

Orange NSW

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In the past 8 years I have been travelling with Steve on his many conducted tours. Coach, rail , flights & ship.

Steve’s tours are so well planned and cater for all walks of life.

Costings have always been considered to everyone’s advantage.

Steve has always been willing to go the extra mile to help and to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time.

I have no hesitation in recommending travelling with Steve and I always tell my friends the same.

He is an absolute gem!

Robyn da Costa


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Hi Steve,

Congratulations on your new business venture. We feel sure that it is going to be a great success. We have enjoyed many trips with you to numerous areas of Australia. Our latest two trips to Queensland, the Gulf area and Cape York were enjoyable and informative.

We will always have very fond memories of the Western Australia Wild Flower and Indian Pacific trip. Our first Melbourne Cup was a great experience as was the very well organised Tasmanian tour. The Wall in the Wilderness is still a talking point.

The experience of seeing Lake Eyre filling for the first time in many years together with the stunning Flinders Ranges and outback landscape was exceptional, and who could forget the Forgotten Corner adventure, just a few of our great trips with you.

All of our trips have been well organised, meals, tour operators, accommodation and special features have been carefully planned and small hiccups have been ironed out quickly and with good humour. We look forward to travelling with you in the near future.

Barry & Phyllis Morgan

Georges Plains

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