The first railway between Sydney and Brisbane via the scenic New England route has been closed for decades. However, part of this iconic line, in Queensland, is still maintained and occasionally a very special rail tour brings it to life.

This short and sweet adventure centres on a spring time excursion along this historic and dramatic railway. It takes you across Southern Queensland’s Granite Belt from Brisbane to Toowoomba for The Carnival of Flowers, then continues onto Warwick by special steam train for the historic run up the range to Wallangarra. The journey incorporates tours in cities and towns along the way including Toowoomba, Tenterfield and Armidale.

It features award winning museums, grand old country mansions, wineries and woolsheds and, of course, some of Australia’s most spectacular parks and gardens in the flush of spring. Delicious meals, comfortable accommodation, a cast of interesting characters and plenty of intriguing stories complete this compact adventure along the route of an icon of Australia’s rail history.


At a glance

  • Special Garden viewings at Toowoomba, Blu Creek, Saumarez Homestead and Warwick
  • Steam train journeys at Swanbank and from Toowoomba to Warwick
  • Museum visits to Workshops Rail, Cobb+Co and Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts
  • Explore heritage railway preservation collections at Toowoomba, Warwick, Wallangarra, Guyra, Tenter eld and Armidale
  • Special viewings of historic homesteads in Armidale and Tenter eld
  • Private vintage carriage on the heritage train trip from Warwick to Wallangarra
  • Comfortable coach travel and luggage transport throughout
  • Visit to the iconic Carnival of Flowers at Toowomba