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Take a ‘Wayward Bus’ road-trip deep into country regions of NSW and Victoria, travelling from Sydney to Melbourne over 6 days.

Browse some of Australia’s top regional museums with themes including aviation, rail, road and river.

The trip is the 2nd leg of a ‘slow-tours’ series, proposed to develop into a 30-day circuit monthly: Noosa – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Noosa.¬†

ūüöƬ†NEXT DATES:¬† 2023, dates to be advised¬†

COST: $480 per person 


Accommodation costs can vary according to seasons and other reasons and because we offer choice, we don’t hold allocations.¬† We will hold places on the tour while accommodations are confirmed.¬† Accommodations can be booked through Arcadia Travel.¬† Travellers can also book direct.

  • YHA/pub accommodation – with a choice of single/double/twin private rooms (approx $90 per room night) – or beds in share rooms (approx $30-40 p.p. per night).
  • Motel or boutique accommodation we can arrange for you, prices may vary according to seasonality and demand.¬† Generally, if it is on Expedia, we can book it.
  • Any activities and entry fees.¬†
  • Meals are not included – bakeries, cafes, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants are plentiful along the way and the YHAs have guest kitchens and dining/lounge areas.

Visit opportunities

  • HARS Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at Wollongong Airport
  • Canberra’s New and Old Parliament Houses, Aboriginal Embassy, High Court, Portrait Gallery, National Gallery and War Memorial
  • Junee’s Railway Roundhouse, Licorice and Chocolate Factory, and Broadway Museum
  • Temora’s Aviation Museum, Bundawarra Centre includes NSW Ambulance Museum
  • Hay’s Shear Outback, Old Gaol, Bishops Lodge
  • Echuca’s Old Port and paddle steamers
  • Bendigo galleries, museums and cathedral
  • Castlemaine Gold Diggings, Hanging Rock, Mount Macedon, Organ Pipes


  • We provide travel in a touring mini-coach with driver-guide.
  • From 4 to 20 participants.
  • Visits to attractions and museums are optional, some are free, others are modest entry fees.
  • If on any day weather conditions are adverse we may substitute other touring and activities.

Coach and Driver-Guide

  • Our ‘Bandicoot’ mini-coaches are Mitsubishi Rosas refitted with reclining coach seats and extra legroom for extended touring.
  • An enclosed trailer securely carries the luggage.
  • Our drivers are experienced tour driver-guides and adventure leaders.

Overnights x 5:

  • 1 night Canberra City – YHA Akuna St or neighboring 4* hotels (Sebel Civic, Nesuto Apartments)
  • 1 night Gundagai – pub (Criterion Hotel), motel (several) or heritage lodge (Flash Jack’s, flashjacks.com.au)
  • 1 night Leeton – pub (Leeton Hotel, Wade Hotel), motel (several) or heritage lodge (The Hydro,¬†thehydro.com.au)
  • 1 night Deniliquin – pub (Globe Hotel, Exchange Hotel), cabins or motel (several)
  • 1 night Maldon or nearby – pub (Maldon Hotel, maldonhotel.com.au) or motel (maldoneaglehawk.com)

Joining in Sydney

One pick-up point:

  • Sydney Central at 0800 (Pitt Street between Rawson Place and Barlow St) across from Sydney Central YHA and Rail Station).



Main drop off point:

  • Courtney Street beside Bedford Street Reserve, close to the junction of Queensberry and Peel Streets.¬† This is one block north of Victoria Markets and convenient to Melbourne Metro YHA, City Edge Apartments North Melbourne and trams.

Bookings by email or phone to Arcadia Travel:  go@arcadiatravel.com.au .

Booking arrangements:

  • To give time to arrange accommodations, bookings can be held for up to 7 days except that in the 14 days prior to departure a shorter amount of time will be apply
  • Deposit of $100 is required when confirming a booking (non-refundable)
  • Full payment due 14 days before start (then 50% refundable if customer cancels)
  • Advise your accommodation preference at time of booking and we will arrange or assist with contacts
  • If a trip is cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (such as Covid19 border closures), any payments made will be refunded in full.

Bandicoot provides the hi-spec’d mini-coaches for Wayward Bus road trips

Any questions please fill the form below.