Parkes Elvis Festival director says they're further increasing transport for guests in 2019

Blue Suede Express: Passengers aboard the first Blue Suede Express gave a big wave from carriage 1 as it rolled into Parkes on January 11 last year.
Blue Suede Express: Passengers aboard the first Blue Suede Express gave a big wave from carriage 1 as it rolled into Parkes on January 11 last year.

“The early bird tickets for the Elvis Express sold out within 15 minutes,” Parkes Elvis Festival director Cathy Treasure told the large crowd present for the festival launch on Monday.

The 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival was officially launched at the Parkes Motor Museum, where the 2019 program was unveiled, as was the festival’s travel options.

The regional train service, the Blue Suede Express – the luxury heritage passenger train, the Blue Zephyr, with onboard entertainment which rolled into Parkes for the first time last year – will return with the popular Elvis Express.​ Ms Treasure said they are further increasing transport for guests and are working with other towns throughout the region.

“Once again we’re teaming up with Forbes, Cowra, Orange and possibly Dubbo to do shuttles to and from so our guests can stay in motels throughout the region and I guess spread the love economically throughout the Central West,” she said.

Regional Express Airlines (REX) is back on board with the Priscilla Plane, which also made its first appearance last year.