Step back in time with the team at Vintage Rail Journeys and travel in style on board a fleet of newly restored 1960s ex-Southern Aurora sleeping carriages.

Celebrate Australia’s diverse history and rich culture with visits to regional towns, gardens and attractions. You will also travel on rail lines which don’t have scheduled passenger services, making this a real adventure. 

This exceptional journey through some of Australia’s most breath taking scenery features sandstone cliffs by the Hawkesbury River, the stunning coastline of Newcastle, the far regions of the Central West and the Jurassic rainforest of the Blue Mountains.

Stroll around the hunter Valley wineries, roam the spectacular Mayfield Garden, while sampling the finest produce that the region has to offer. 

Contact Glenn or Sonya at The Travellers Hut for details on (02) 43 63 1699 or email

Unpack only once and enjoy everything that slow rail touring provides. The itinerary is designed so that we only travel during daylight hours. We don’t want you to miss any of the spectacular scenery. 

Highlights include:

A Riverboat Postman Cruise on the Hawkesbury River – The Hunter Valley – Werris Creek – Mayfield Garden – Kandos and the Capertreey Valley – Blue Mountains Villages

Sleep on the train in restored ex-Southern Aurora Sleeping carriages. Your private cabin converts to a day travel configuration. 

Dining and Lounge carriages are available when travelling,

Meals are as listed in the tour itinerary. Meals served on the train are freshly prepared by our on board chef using local ingredients from each region, 

Sightseeing is included in private chartered coaches at each stop for off train excursions, and we also offer the unique ‘Aurora Explorer‘ concept. 


5 Days and 4 Nights

DEPARTS Central Station, Sydney Sunday 9:00am

RETURNS Central Station, Sydney Thursday 6:30pm

Twinette: 2021 $ 3995 – 2022 $4,250 per person

Roomette (solo): 2021 $ 3995 – 2022 $4,250 per person


8-12 September 2021

22-26 September 2021 (Clockwise)

10-14 November 2021

13-17 February 2022

13-17 March 2022

10-14 April 2022

11-15 September 2022

9-13 October 2022

6-10 November 2022

19-23 February 2023

19-23 March 2023

16-20 April 2023

Contact Glenn or Sonya at The Travellers Hut for details on (02) 43 63 1699 or email

Your Carriage awaits you!

You might remember the iconic Southern Aurora running between Sydney and Melbourne from the 1960’s and 1980’s. The darling of Australian travel, the Southern Aurora was first class in its day.

Vintage Rail Journeys is proud to share with you our passion for Australian railway history. Our heritage partners have lovingly restored these carriages to their original condition and maintained them ever since. This is luxury 1960’s style, and we hope you love the experience.

Sleeping Arrangements

The Aurora Australis will be stabled overnight for sleeping, and you may elect to sleep on the train in a twinette (2 to a cabin) or a roomette (solo use only). The Twinette cabin has bunk beds and one member of your party will need to be able to climb a ladder up to and down from the top bunk. 


Your heritage rail tour will be led by a professional, trained Tour Manager, assisted by on board crew to ensure you will enjoy a trouble free adventure.


We recommend the use of aircraft ‘carry on’ luggage as there is limited space in the cabins. There is also hanging space available in the cabin. In the Roomette cabins, the luggage can be placed on the luggage racks above your footrest. Slim or soft luggage can be stowed under your seat. If this rail tour is part of a longer tour, you will be able to store larger items in our luggage van.


Water, Soft drinks and Juices are included. The bar on the Aurora Australis is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks and are at an additional cost.

Contact Glenn or Sonya at The Travellers Hut for details on (02) 43 63 1699 or email