Step into a bygone era this spring when the annual Transport Heritage Expo returns to Sydney. The expo will feature heritage train, bus and steamboat rides that will operate across Sydney from Central Station, giving visitors an opportunity to step back in time and experience the golden age of travel. History buffs can also look forward to a number of informative experiences including tours of the iconic Central Station Clock Tower and a cosy tea aboard a 1960s dining carriage. It’s all happening over the October long weekend so go forth and start planning.
Transport Heritage Expo
Ditch the car and embrace the steam train when the three-day event kicks off on September 30. These cosy and comfortable steam train rides are the perfect way to see Sydney in a new light and live out your Victorian fantasies right here at home.
Highlights of the expo include:
- Heritage Train Rides: Hop aboard a 1-hour steam train ride to Hurstville and return, get a taste of travelling on a vintage electric train or ride a timber-bodied railmotor on a tour of the Botany freight line.
- Vintage Bus Rides: Prefer the bus? A restored vintage double-decker bus from the Sydney Bus Museum will be up and running for a 29-minute round trip of the Sydney CBD.
- Harbour Steam Cruises: What’s a better way to experience Sydney in all its glory than on a cruise? Tour the scenic sea vistas of the city on a 45-minute harbour cruise on your choice of the Waratah or Lady Hopetoun – two 120-year-old veterans of Sydney Harbour.
And that’s not all. If pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and freshly brewed teas are your thing, check out the 1960s Dining Car Experience on the Southern Aurora for a 1-hour tea that is bound to make you feel like royalty.
Excitingly, one of Australia’s most famous steam engines, Locomotive 3801 will be on-site and visitors can even take the reigns and nab a seat on the driver’s cab. Plus, see a collection of heritage carriages and locomotives or simply relish the 19th-century lifestyle for a day at this unique experience. The expo will take place from September 30 to October 2 for three days only, so don’t miss out. Get more information and grab your tickets at the Transport Heritage Expo website.
Wondering what else is on during the October long weekend?