Travel in royal style

By David Rak

Santa’s Express train to Bendigo is a must for the whole family, with optional tours on the Victorian Goldfields Railway to Maldon or a special vintage tram journey to Bendigo’s Goldmine.

The train will also have a special guest on board: Santa.

The big man in red will be catching up with all the children throughout the day. As a special gift, all kids under eight will receive a free show bag from Santa.

The heritage train will be hauled by vintage locomotives, and passengers will travel in comfortable 100-year-old wooden-bodied E class carriages together with former Spirit of Progress S class steel passenger carriages.

The train will also include the Yarra Carriage, which was built in 1906.

Bendigo has a rich and prosperous heritage dating back to the days when gold was discovered in the area in the 1850s. It is home to the mid-1900s Central Deborah Gold Mine.

It is also home to the now well-known Bendigo Tramway network, which operates Bendigo’s Vintage Talking Tram.

Vintage Tram And Goldmine Tour

Enjoy a day out in Bendigo experiencing the iconic and historical tram network and the rich goldfields heritage.

There are bus transfers from Bendigo Railway Station to the Central Deborah Goldmine, a full round trip on Bendigo’s Vintage Talking Tram and a comprehensive tour of the tram depot and museum.

Vintage Steam To Maldon

Enjoy a day trip to Maldon with a few hours to explore the Goldfields town, experience one of the most scenic branchline train journeys. Vintage Steam Train (if weather permits) to Maldon with a few hours to explore.

The VGR heritage train’s route follows the linking of two historic gold mining towns, Castlemaine and Maldon, both in the Central Victoria region.

Royal Premium Class

Why not the make the most of your journey and travel in style and enjoy carriages that once were reserved exclusively for Royalty and Governors?

Royal Premium class passengers will enjoy a meal in the 1937 vintage dining car, all included in the fare.

And why not check out the optional tours available at Castlemaine and Bendigo and let the team design an exclusive all-inclusive package fare that incorporates all your requirements.

State Carriage 4 was built in 1927 and used on many Royal Trains including Duke and Duchess of York (1927), Queen Elizabeth II (1954), and Prince and Princess of Wales (1988).

Bookings can be made at or by calling 0477 707 411.

To book a special Royal Premium fare, call John on 0408 584 636 or email [email protected]