The character-filled, 400 Km South West Railway in Southern Queensland branches off the main line at Warwick in the Darling Downs and passes through Goondiwindi on its way to the end of line at Dirranbandi. Famous for Australia’s last mail train run, the Dirranbandi Mail, which finished in 1993, the line was one of the many pioneer railways to be built at the beginning of the 20th century in the quest to tie Queensland’s isolated communities and the rich farming lands to the big smoke.

The Southern Downs Steam Railway, one of Australia’s most active inland heritage operations is embarking on a rare special to explore the line hauled by their star attraction steam loco No. 971, a Walker’s built C17 class from 1951. Together with a rake of vintage wooden bodied carriages from the 1940’s, complete with a small buffet and end verandas, this train is the ideal conveyance to experience the journey across the heart of Southern Queensland.

At a glance

  • A special trip by steam train with Southern Downs Steam Railway, from Warwick to Goondiwindi with the option to extend to Thallon
  • Embark on a tour of Goondiwindi and its famous cotton gin
  • Visit the award-winning Workshops Rail Museum, Queensland Pioneer Railway and the Bluff Railway Station
  • Ride the Explorer train across the NSW Northwest to Werris Creek and Qurindi to Sydney
  • View the eclectic collections of vintage items at Bobs Shed and the Rural Heritage Centre at Quirindi
  • Savour a sumptuous celebratory farewell dinner and drinks at the quaint ‘Little Kickerbell’ homestead
  • Enjoy the service of your expert tour leader and comfortable, chartered coach connections throughout