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Rail and Sail - Sunday 27th October 2019
A great day out for the whole family; with Steamrail Victoria's Rail and Sail tour providing three exciting options for you to choose from:

1.       Sail First from Melbourne, Docklands to Geelong and Return by Rail to Melbourne, Southern Cross (Sail First)

2.       Rail First from Melbourne, Southern Cross to Geelong and Return by Sail to Melbourne, Docklands (Rail First)

3.       Rail from Melbourne, Southern Cross to Geelong and Return to Melbourne, Southern Cross (Rail Only)

Voyage on Port Phillip Bay in stylish ‘Art Deco’ ambience on our chartered ship, the luxurious ‘Victoria Star’.  Weigh anchor and set sail from Victoria Harbor Promenade, Docklands. in front of the NAB Docklands and the Marvel Studios.  Cruising down the Yarra River, watch while our Captain skilfully guides our passage under the Bolte and Westgate Bridges.  See the fascinating activity of Melbourne’s docks before we pass Williamstown’s historic shipyards and time ball tower at Point Gellibrand.

At a sedate 10 knots, Melbourne’s skyline gradually recedes from our elegant water-borne vantage point as we glide close toshipping from around the globe; anchored while awaiting entry to the Port of Melbourne.  We sail past Point Cook, the Point Wilson explosives berth and Portarlington.  Enjoy the gentle caress of the sea breeze, and perhaps a drink or light snack from the licensed bar, and ask yourself if this isn’t the most relaxing journey you’ve ever experienced!  ‘Victoria Star’ docks at Steampacket Pier on Corio Bay, in the heart of Geelong’s delightful waterfront.

The ‘Geelong Flyer’, Australia’s fastest train of the 1920s, steams out from Melbourne’s Southern Cross station.  Our fully restored, 100 years young carriages reflect style and elegance of times past, before the days of vandalism and ‘user pays’, and will amaze you with their comfort, varnished timber and fine compartments.  Victoria’s oldest country rail line is that to Geelong, opening in 1857.

Today, travel is at a leisurely pace and you may open the windows and relive the nostalgia of the past.  We pass the historic bluestone station of Little River, one of the oldest in Australia with the distinctive You Yangs as the backdrop, and as we approach Geelong, glimpse the water on which we cruise later (or on the way down).  Historic Geelong railway station is a 15-minute stroll from Steampacket Gardens and is close to city attractions.

Geelong, the city by the bay, is a truly wonderful place to visit.  The beautiful foreshore around the magnificent Steampacket Gardens features Eastern Beach and the Botanic Gardens.  Enjoy fine dining at one of the many restaurants, cafes and pubs nearby.  The renowned National Wool Museum recalls the era of Australia riding on the sheep’s back.  The adjacent
Geelong city area also features lots of great shopping!  All guests receive a guide and map to Geelong and its attractions.

‘Victoria Star’ in a previous life was Sydney ferry ‘Lady McKell’.  In this guise, she transported millions around the harbour and was a three times winner of the Great Sydney Ferry Race.  With no expense spared she has been transformed into a luxury pleasure cruiser to sail on Port Phillip Bay.  She features large upper and lower decks, with areas of both indoor and outdoor seating, plus a fully licensed bar with light refreshments.

The ‘Geelong Flyer’ is part of ‘The Vintage Train’, fully restored by Steamrail as an important part of Victoria’s rail heritage.  Our steam locomotives are coal or oil fired and date from 1889 to 1952, while the carriages range from 1906 vintage.  The train features beautiful timber work, walk-through corridors, comfortable compartment style seating, a licensed bar and kiosk, and toilets with washrooms.  All rail seating is reserved.

TIMETABLE

FORWARD BY SAIL

VICTORIA HARBOUR 9.30am GEELONG STATION 3.55pm
STEAMPACKET PIER 1.20pm SOUTHERN CROSS 5.15pm

FORWARD BY RAIL

SOUTHERN CROSS 10.40am STEAMPACKET PIER 2.00pm
GEELONG STATION 12.00pm VICTORIA HARBOUR 6.10pm 

RAIL ONLY OPTION

SOUTHERN CROSS 10.40am GEELONG STATION 3.55pm
GEELONG STATION 12.00pm SOUTHERN CROSS 5.15pm
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Sessions

Sessions Description Status

SAIL FIRST - Departs at 9.30am from Docklands.

SAIL FIRST - 27 Oct 2019 09:30 AM SAIL FIRST - Departs at 9.30am from Docklands. Open

RAIL FIRST and RAIL ONLY - Departs at 10.45am from Southern Cross Station. 

RAIL FIRST / ONLY - 27 Oct 2019 10:45 AM RAIL FIRST / RAIL ONLY - Departs at 10.45am from Southern Cross Station. Open

SAIL FIRST - Departs at 9.30am from Docklands.

SAIL FIRST - 27 Oct 2019 09:30 AM
SAIL FIRST - Departs at 9.30am from Docklands.
Open

RAIL FIRST and RAIL ONLY - Departs at 10.45am from Southern Cross Station. 

RAIL FIRST / ONLY - 27 Oct 2019 10:45 AM
RAIL FIRST / RAIL ONLY - Departs at 10.45am from Southern Cross Station.
Open