This journey starts with a morning departure from Mildura aboard the 03.40 daily coach service to Cootamundra where you’ll arrive at 12:16 and change to the train that departs Cootamundra at 14:38 to Goulburn. This coach service from Mildura to Cootamundra also services all stops between Mildura and Cootamundra, including Hay, Griffith and Temora. See the full timetable at: https://transportnsw.info/regional-southern-line
All going well, you should arrive in Goulburn at 17:14. Here you’ll have a two hour and forty-minute wait as the Opal service train to Sydney departs at 19:54. It’s not that bad as there are plenty of eateries uptown to enjoy a leisurely dinner. Once you arrive back at Goulburn station after dinner for the 19:54 Opal service departure to Sydney, don’t forget to tap on using your Seniors Opal card. The trip to Sydney will cost you $2.50, no booking required, as you’re travelling on an Opal service. You’ll arrive at Sydney Central at 23:35.
The timetable for the Goulburn to Sydney leg is available at: https://transportnsw.info/documents/timetables/93-SHL-Southern-Highlands-Line-20220604.pdf
You’ll need to book the Mildura to Goulburn (or any stop in between) leg of the journey either online at https://transportnsw.info/regional-bookings/ or call on 13 22 32. The ticket you need is a Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket. The cost will be $2.50. This ticket will take you from Mildura to Goulburn. When you call, have your Seniors or Pensioner card and a credit or debit card ready to pay. You must make your booking seven or fewer days before departure as Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) tickets are only available seven days or less before departure. It is essential to book online or over the phone as CPE tickets cannot be purchased at railway stations or NSW TrainLink booking offices – even at Central station, they cannot be purchased.
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