'The Roaring Days' Food & Wine Trail with a Bushranger Twist - June 2019

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Join us in the wild, wild Central West of New South Wales for four days of food, live music, art deco cinema, craft beer and local wines – and one of the best Australian country pub lock-in experiences of your life!

Friday 7 to Monday 10 June 2019.

We’ll be following in the footsteps of one of our region’s most famous locals, the legendary Australian bushranger Ben Hall. In 1863 the infamous Ben Hall bushranger gang rode into the small goldfields village of Canowindra on horseback, rounded up the entire village into the local pub and LOCKED THEM IN FOR THREE DAYS. This admirable bushranger episode in the goldrush-era is the inspiration for our ‘Roaring Days’ food & wine adventure through the historic villages and country pubs of the Orange wine region.

This all-inclusive 4-day packaged food and wine adventure is hosted by Kelly from Silver Compass Tours – a local whose family has lived in the Orange wine region since the 1840s, and who is not afraid of telling a tall story (or two). You can choose to join us on The Bushranger’s Bullet Train Package on our dedicated XPT train carriage from Sydney to Orange or select one of our Self-Drive Packages (with or without accommodation, limited availability).

We will also have Locals & Friends tickets available for our Amusu Theatre Ben Hall Movie experience in Manildra on Friday 7 June and also for our ‘Roaring Days’ Ben Hall Bash & BBQ on Saturday 8 June in Canowindra.

Packages on The Bushranger’s Bullet start from $1,497 per person (based on double occupancy) or $1,597 for Fabulous Singles to secure your own room. Self-Drive package including accommodation is $1,397 per person (double occupancy only) or $997 per person if you arrange your own accommodation – limited availability.

PHOTO CREDIT (ABOVE): The legendary Australian bushranger, Ben Hall (1837-1865). The son of ex-convicts, Ben Hall was a fairly humble farmer until his wife left him in the middle of the 1861 drought which left his land in tatters. Fatefully for him, he met the notorious Frank Christie (alias Gardiner) and joined his bushranging gang in 1862. He was dead just three years later.



Arriving in Orange at 12pm, after checking into our charismatic and centrally-located 4-star hotel, The Oriana Orange we will kick-off proceedings with a casual welcome lunch. You then have the afternoon free to wander the streets of Orange (we’ll provide an orientation tour) or relax. Our Australian adventure commences in the early evening with a drive through the countryside to the historic village of Manildra to the heritage Amusu Theatre 1930s art-deco cinema. It still has all its original wooden seats and a fantastic atmosphere. Prior to our private screening of ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’ movie, we will have an Acknowledgement and Welcome to Wiradjuri Country followed by a Bush Tucka BBQ with our friends from Indigenous Cultural Adventures featuring Emu San Choy Bow, Kangaroo Skewers marinated in salt bush & mountain pepperberry with chorizo & bush tomato relish, and Crocodile skewers with sweet chili & lemon myrtle dip. Your movie ticket also includes a handmade artisanal gelato choc top from Origin Chocolate. Wine, beer, soft drinks and lollies available for purchase on the night.


We will start as we mean to go on with a Sparkling hot breakfast at our favourite local cafe on the wrong side of the tracks. Make sure you order your eggs sunny side up because we’re going to have a cracker of a day! We’re then off to Canowindra for our 4-hour ‘Roaring Days’ Bushranger Gang Food & Wine Adventure – this includes a short walking tour of Canowindra to point out some of the Gang’s main points of interest (pubs and banks), a trip out to the Gang’s stage coach lookout at Bald Hill (conveniently located above Wallington Wines biodynamic vineyard, so we’ll drop in for a wine-tasting), then onto the Gang’s hide out at Croote Cottage in Gooloogong and a pub lunch at the historic Gooloogong Hotel, followed by a visit to the Escort Rock at Eugowra which was the scene of one of the Gang’s most daring gold heists. We’ll make it back to Canowindra just in time to be locked into the Royal Hotel as Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert, John O’Meally, John Vane and Mickey Burke roll into town by horseback. The first shout is on them, and these colourful raconteurs will prop up the bar with us for an evening of live music, craft beer and local wines.

All washed down with a Smoking Brothers BBQ out the back of the pub, featuring Hickory & Apple woodfired Maple BBQ glazed pulled pork, BBQ braised beef brisket with smoky bourbon BBQ sauce, and Southern roasted chicken with honey mustard BBQ gravy plus sweet mustard and apple slaw, Southern fried potato salad with bacon and ranch dressing and BBQ style street corn with spiced butter.


A late-start to spend a civilised Sunday roaming through the perfectly preserved goldrush-era villages of Carcoar and Millthorpe. These little villages are surprising treasure-troves of homewares & design boutiques as well as antiques, cafés and country pubs. Your Instagram feed will thank you. We’ll be enjoying a pioneer’s Devonshire Tea (scones with gin in teacups) in Carcoar followed by a guided tour of historic buildings and a Country Pub Sunday Roast at the Royal Hotel Carcoar. We’ll stop off in Millthorpe on the way back to Orange for another country pub visit. Sunday evening is free so you can spend some quality time exploring the restaurants, pubs, wine bars and whiskey saloons of Orange.


Sleep-in, enjoy a crisp Winter morning in Orange to go for a walk in Cook Park or the Duntryleague Golf Course grounds and grab a coffee while you wander. We will be whisking you off at lunchtime for a farewell 2-course long table lunch and wine-tasting in an historic woolshed on a vineyard, after which we will bid you a fond adieu.



Ticket Options for Couples, Friends and Fabulous Singles. EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT OF $100 PER TICKET VALID UNTIL 31 MARCH 2019.


Return fare on The Bushrangers Bullet Train (a private train carriage on the XPT) with 3 nights’ accommodation at the charismatic and centrally-located boutique Oriana, Orange, breakfast inclusive on Sunday & Monday. PLUS: onboard Prosecco Piccolo & Pastries breakfast; onboard food & wine tasting; welcome lunch including 1 glass of wine; bus transfer to Manildra for Bush Tucka BBQ and ticket to cinema screening of ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’ at AMUSU Theatre in Manildra, including artisanal gelato choctop on Friday 7 June with return transfer to Orange; Sparkling Saturday breakfast at Nile Street Cafe; bus transfer to Canowindra and ticket to ‘Roaring Days’ Bushranger Gang Food and Wine Adventure on Saturday 8 June, which includes a 4-hour guided bushranger food & wine tour in Canowindra with wine-tasting, pub lunch at historic Gooloogong Hotel; ticket to the Ben Hall Bash & BBQ with a 4-hour pub lock-in at the Royal Hotel in Canowindra plus live music, Smoking Brother’s BBQ & first drink free, with return transfer; bus transfer and day trip to historic villages of Carcoar & Millthorpe on Sunday 9 June – includes Devonshire Tea and country pub lunch; bus transfer to Borenore for a Farewell 2-course lunch & wine-tasting in an historic woolshed on a vineyard on Monday 10 June; all guided tours, wine-tastings, most meals (except a free evening on Sunday night) and all events are included. All transfers, transport, drivers and local host.

Please note that we have very limited availability for friends sharing rooms with twin beds, you will have to jump in quick to nab those rooms if you’re interested. You are very welcome to join the train at Strathfield, Parramatta or Penrith stations or even at Katoomba, just let us know in advance.

Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions carefully before purchase. Packages are not suitable for anyone under 18.


Couples Ticket. $1,497 per person

Based on double occupancy, 1x Queen bed. Minimum purchase of 2 tickets.

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Friends Ticket. $1,497 per person

Double occupancy, 2x King single beds. Minimum purchase of 2 tickets.

>> EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT $1,397 per person. Limited Availability – BOOK NOW >>


Fabulous Singles Ticket. $1,597 per person

Secure your own room, 1x Queen bed.

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Available with or without accommodation. Packages include all of the above except return train fare, onboard catering and two breakfasts. EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT OF $100 PER TICKET VALID UNTIL 31 MARCH 2019.

Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions carefully before purchase. Packages are not suitable for anyone under 18.

04 Self-Drive Couples Ticket, including accommodation. $1,397 per person

Based on double occupancy, 1x Queen bed. Minimum purchase of 2 tickets.

>> EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT $1,297 per person. Limited Availability – BOOK NOW >>

05 Self-Drive Ticket, no accommodation. $997 per person.

Organise your own boutique country accommodation and bring your friends and lovers! We recommend you arrange your accommodation prior to booking your tickets with us, as the June long weekend is very popular in the Orange region with visitors. Contact Us for accommodation recommendations.

>> EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT $897 per person. Limited Availability – BOOK NOW >>

Please note that for guests on self-drive packages, you’ll just need to meet us at the Oriana each morning 15 minutes prior to the designated time to join us for the day on the hosted tour bus. You can choose not to participate or skip events, however please note there will be no refunds provided.


“The night too quickly passes; And we are growing old; So let us fill our glasses, And toast the Days of Gold; When finds of wondrous treasure, Set all the South ablaze; And you and I were faithful mates, All through the roaring days.” The Roaring Days, Henry Lawson, 1889.

Read more about the inspiration for our tasty Australian bushranging adventure here >>

PHOTO CREDIT (ABOVE): Henry Lawson (1867-1922). State Library of NSW, NSW Government. Henry Lawson is one of Australia’s most renowned bush poets, the son of miners he was born in Grenfell which is only a stone’s throw from Canowindra where much of our bushranger gang food and wine adventure is based. Australia’s other most renowned bush poet, Banjo A.B. Paterson (1864-1941) was born to wealthy graziers in the Orange region.


You can fly direct from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Orange. It’s just a 45 minute to 1 hour flight. We have flight packages available at a discounted price, Contact Us for more details.


If you’re based locally and would just like to join us for our Amusu Theatre ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’ Screening on Friday 7 June or our Ben Hall Bash & BBQ at the Royal Hotel Canowindra on Saturday 8 June, we will be releasing tickets in May. Stay tuned! If you’d like to be first in the know when we release tickets, join our Interest List here >>


It’s the start of glorious winter – blue sunny days and chilly. A great excuse to wrap up in coats, scarves and gloves. It will be around 12 degrees Celsius during the day, dropping down to 2 degrees at night.


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Bushranger's Bullet Train & Self-Drive Packages Include:

  • Sydney to Orange return train fare in dedicated train carriage on The Bushranger's Bullet Train (self-drive options also available)
  • 3 nights' accommodation at charismatic & centrally-located boutique hotel, Oriana Orange. Includes breakfast on Sunday and Monday
  • Most meals provided (Sunday evening free)
  • Prosecco Piccolo & Dreamtime Tuka native ingredient slices onboard breakfast (Bushranger's Bullet Train package only)
  • Onboard Food & Wine Tasting (Bushranger's Bullet Train package only)
  • A casual Welcome Lunch, including 1 glass of wine or beer. Additional wine and beer available for purchase
  • Free afternoon to explore Orange
  • Acknowledgement and Welcome to Wiradjuri Country ceremony
  • Ticket to 'The Legend of Ben Hall' at art-deco cinema Amusu Theatre in Manildra, plus gelato choc-top
  • Bush Tucka BBQ dinner on Friday 7 June. Wine, craft beer, cider and soft drinks available for purchase
  • Sparkling Saturday breakfast at local cafe
  • Ticket to the 'Roaring Days' Bushranger Gang Adventure on Saturday 8 June - a 4-hour guided bushranger food & wine tour through Canowindra, Goolagong & Eugowra with wine-tasting and pub lunch.
  • Ticket to the Ben Hall Bash & BBQ - a 4-hour pub lock-in with live music, Smoking Brothers BBQ & first drink free (Ben Hall's shout)
  • Tour of historic villages of Millthorpe and Carcoar on Sunday 9 June - includes boutique and antiques shopping, a Devonshire Tea and Country Pub Sunday Roast
  • Free evening Sunday to explore local restaurants, pubs and bars of Orange
  • Farewell lunch & wine-tasting in an historic woolshed on a vineyard on Monday 10 June
  • All tours, transfers, transport, driver and local host


The Bushranger’s Bullet Train departs Sydney Central Station, Country Platform at 7.12am.

[Self-Drive guests are asked to arrive in Orange by 3pm latest, and you’re invited to join us for lunch at 1pm]


➡️Prosecco & Pastries breakfast featuring Dreamtime Tuka native ingredient slices.

➡️Onboard wine-tasting with a local vigneron.

➡️Arrive Orange 12pm.

➡️Welcome lunch at Oriana, Orange.

➡️Orientation tour of Orange.

➡️AMUSU Theatre Manildra.

➡️Welcome to Country and Bush Tucka BBQ with Indigenous Cultural Adventures.

➡️ ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’ screening.


➡️Sparkling Breakfast at Nile Street Cafe.

➡️’Roaring Days’ Bushranger Gang Food & Wine Adventure in Canowindra.

➡️Ben Hall Bash & BBQ at Royal Hotel Canowindra.


➡️Explore Carcoar.

➡️Pioneer’s Devonshire Tea at Carcoar School of Arts.

➡️Pub lunch at Royal Hotel Carcoar.

➡️Explore Millthorpe.

➡️Pub stop at The Commercial Hotel, Millthorpe.

➡️Free evening.


➡️Wine-Tasting at Balmoral Vineyard with See Saw Wines.

➡️Lunch in an historic woolshed.

➡️Depart Orange 4pm.

[Arrives Sydney 9pm]


If you choose to not attend any item in your itinerary, or you miss a bus pick-up time for transfer, please be aware that you will not be eligible for a refund.

All guests on self-drive packages are expected to be with the group for all official bus transfers to and from venues, as food and beverages are being served at all of our events and we would like to ensure your best comfort and safety at all times on our country roads.

By booking a ticket it is considered you have accepted our Terms and Conditions. This tour package is not suitable for anyone aged under 18.


If you’re based locally and would like to join us for our Amusu Theatre ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’ Screening on Friday 7 June or our ‘Roaring Days’ Ben Hall Bash & BBQ in Canowindra on Saturday 8 June, we will be releasing tickets in May. Stay tuned!

If you’d like to be first in the know when we release our Locals & Friends tickets, JOIN OUR INTEREST LIST HERE  >>



Couples Ticket $1,497 per person

>> EARLYBIRD $1,397

Friends Ticket $1,497 per person

>> EARLYBIRD $1,397

Fabulous Singles Ticket $1,597 per person

>> EARLYBIRD $1,497



Couples Ticket, with accommodation. Limited Availability. $1,397 per person

>> EARLYBIRD $1,297

No Accommodation. $997 per person. Limited Availability.


All Earlybird Discounts are valid until 31 March 2019. Get in quick!

*All of our itineraries are subject to change and spontaneity. It makes life more fun!