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Discover the beauty and wonders of Regional NSW

STUNNING: The tour will end in beautiful Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast. James Davis Photography / Shutterstock.com

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With travel now firmly back on the agenda, why not make your next trip an exploration of our beautiful backyard?

In 2022, Travelrite will launch its spectacular Rail And Coach Exploration of NSW.

The tours will take place twice, first between May 4 and 16 and again between October 18 to 30. It will showcase some of regional NSW's hidden gems.

This will include travelling from Sydney, across the Blue Mountains to the Central Ranges, Central NSW, New England and then up the stunning North Coast.

The tour is fully escorted and includes rail and coach travel, sightseeing tours in each region, and special events for tour members.

Discover the beauty and wonders of Regional NSW

Day 1: The tour departs from Sydney's iconic Central Station in the early hours, aboard an XPT bound for Bathurst.

The picturesque train journey travels via the spectacular Blue Mountains, passing through Katoomba, Mount Victoria and Lithgow.

You will arrive in Bathurst late morning. After lunch, you'll visit the Railway Museum before checking into your hotel ahead of the Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: The morning will begin with a city tour of Bathurst, including a visit to the Chifley home museum. In the afternoon, you'll see Abercrombie House and the famous Mount Panorama race track, home to the Bathurst 1000.

Day 3: From Bathurst you'll travel south towards Mount Oberon, visiting the gorgeous Mayfield Garden and enjoying some time in Oberon. Later, you'll travel a short distance to Cowra and visit the Japanese War Cemetery and the Cowra POW Camp.

Day 4: The morning starts with a visit to the stunning Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre. You'll then continue onto Parkes, where you'll visit the "King's Castle Elvis Exhibit" and the Parkes Motor Museum.

Discover the beauty and wonders of Regional NSW

Day 5: The morning will start with one of the highlights of the tour: a visit to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, star of the movie The Dish. You'll then move onto the Parkes Aviation museum before travelling to Orange, where you'll stay two nights.

Day 6: Your day will kick off with a sightseeing tour of Orange and surrounding areas. Orange has a well-deserved reputation for producing excellent food and wine. That's why after a visit to Mount Conoblas and the Botanic Gardens, you'll enjoy an afternoon tasting at a local winery.

Day 7: After a relaxing morning in Orange, you'll board the midday train to Dubbo, a vibrant regional city by the majestic Macquarie River.

You'll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Experience and be fascinated by the incredible stories of challenges faced by the nurses, doctors and pilots serving the vast Australian outback.

Day 8: In the morning you'll visit the Taronga Western Plains Zoo before travelling down the New England Highway, to Tamworth, Australia's country music capital.

Discover the beauty and wonders of Regional NSW

Day 9: Your day will start with a visit to Tamworth's excellent Australian Country Music Hall of Fame before enjoying an afternoon of sight seeing, stopping at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre, Oxley Scenic Lookout and the Botanical Gardens.

Day 10: After a relaxing morning in Tamworth, you'll take the train to Armidale, dubbed the Cathedral City.

Day 11: Armidale is in the New England High Country and is one of Australia's most elegant regional cities. A panoramic tour will provide stunning views of its grand cathedrals and colonial buildings, all in green, tree-lined streets.

After lunch you'll depart Armidale and travel through the Cathedral Rock National Park before reaching the North Coast and Coffs Harbour.

Day 12: In the morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Coffs Harbour and the surrounding region. You will see some of the spectacular beaches and marine conservation areas it is famous for. You'll see the Solitary Islands Marine Park and walk out to Muttonbird Island.

In the afternoon you'll travel inland to Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest and stop at the famous 'Big Banana'. The evening will be punctuated with a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13: After a free morning in Coffs Harbour you'll catch the train back to Sydney where the tour concludes.

For more information - including pricing - call 1800 630 343 or (03) 8803 6868.

Alternatively, email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au or visit: www.travelrite.com.au

Story sponsored by Travelrite.