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Summer Sleepers to the Seaside

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Overnight Sleeping Carriage Weekend Tour

Join 707 Operations for a summer excursion to the beach! Beat the summer heat and join the first overnight tour of 2019. This is a not to be missed weekend adventure to Warrnambool in the South West of Victoria. Make sure to bring along your bathers and towel!

The heritage diesel hauled sleeping carriage train will depart Melbourne's Southern Cross Station on Saturday 9 February 2019 at 8.40 am, with pick up stops at North Shore Station [9.50 am] and Geelong [10.15 am]. Breakfast will be served on the train and you sit back in one of the lounge carriages or enjoy your comfortable sleeping berth in day sitting mode as the train makes its way through the changing scenery of Western Victoria.

Shortly after lunch is served on the train, you will arrive at Warrnambool [1.30 pm] and have lots of free time for you to enjoy and explore. Don't forget the sunblock as you leave the train!

If you are not a beach person, Warrnambool has many other events on over the weekend. Visit the Warrnambool Art Gallery and enjoy the Paul Jennings - UNREAL exhibition. Paul Jennings is one of Australia's best-loved storytellers. His books have sold millions of copies, won countless awards, been translated into 18 languages and turned into television series. Paul's career began in Warrnambool, where he still lives and works. This is a free exhibition located a short 10 minute walk from the train station.

Or take your dancing shoes for the Warrnambool Country Music Festival at the Civic Green. This event at 4.30 pm will feature an afternoon of country music with two professional guest artists for all to enjoy. This is a free festival located a short 10 minute walk from the train station.

A two-course dinner is included in your rail fare and will be served at the Warrnambool RSL (just a short walk from the station). After dinner, you can explore Warrnambool by night before retiring to your private sleeping compartment on board the train.

There is no rush to re-join the train - departure isn't until 2.30am, and you'll get a sound night's sleep on the return journey as the train travels at a reduced speed through townships such as Terang, Camperdown and Colac.

Sunrise will see the train nearing Geelong, and breakfast is once again served on board before arriving at Southern Cross Station at 9.45am.

For those who don't wish to stay overnight on the train, you can join the daylight sitting carriage train at Melbourne for a one-way trip to Warrnambool, including breakfast and lunch on board the train. The train connects with the 5.34 pm V/Line train, which and arrives back into Melbourne at 9.10 pm.

There are a range of travel options for the trip (with all travel options including two fully cooked breakfasts served on the train, one lunch served on the train and a two-course dinner at a restaurant in Warrnambool) including:

  • Air-conditioned Twinette: a private sleeping compartment for two people with lounge seats by day and bunk beds by night (including linen). Each compartment contains a private shower and washbasin with toilet facilities located on board.

  • Air-conditioned Roomette: a private sleeping compartment for one person with a comfortable lounge seat by day and a single bed by night (including linen). Each compartment contains a washbasin, with shower and toilet facilities located in this carriage.

  • Melbourne to Warrnambool one-way in our sitting carriage (connects with the 5.34 pm V/Line service to Melbourne) - fare includes breakfast and lunch on the train.

    Tickets are now on sale and priced as follows:

     

    Twinette Sleeper (for two people)

    $295 pp (2)

    Premium Roomette Sleeper (for one person)

    $295 pp (2)

    Melbourne to Warrnambool one-way

    $70 pp

    Motorcader Donation

    (1) $10 Inc GST

     

    Secure your ticket today at Trybooking - early bookings are advised as places are strictly limited.

    For more information on the event, travel options and ticketing options, please visit www.707operations.com.au

     
    (1) For those motorcading our train to photograph, please consider donating towards the costs of running our trip.

    (2) Financial members of 707 Operations can save 7% by using discount code 707Member at check-out online. Please note membership numbers will be confirmed on board. A single membership equals one discount fare, a family membership covers those listed on your current membership card.

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    When: Saturday 9 February
    Where: Southern Cross Railway Station
    Cost: $70 - $295
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