SteamRanger Heritage Railway operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up over the crest of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, down to Strathalbyn and on through the coastal holiday towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot to the tourist resort town of Victor Harbor.
Trains operate on up to 140 days a year and are manned by volunteers from the Australian Railway Historical Society, who are also responsible for maintenance of the rail line and the heritage locomotives and carriages.
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Join the Southern Encounter for a memorable experience, travelling by heritage train from Mt Barker to Victor Harbor.
Experience some of the best scenery in the state, all from your carriage window. From rolling hills to crashing surf!
Travel in fully restored wooden passenger carriages dating from the 1920s and 1930s, hauled by our magnificent steam and diesel locomotives.
The train departs Mt Barker at 10am, and returns by 6pm, with time in Victor Harbor for lunch or a stroll to Granite Island!Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet
The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray at Goolwa and the ocean wharves at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor.
The Cockle Train still traces this exact route, operating every Sunday and Wednesday and daily during most SA School Holidays.
Trains are generally formed by our fleet of heritage Redhen and Brill Railcars, along with assistance from diesel locomotives. Steam is featured during most school holiday’s and on days where the Southern Encounter operates from Mt Barker.Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Pet Friendly - Enquire Public Toilet
All aboard for a pleasant evening’s journey from Mt Barker to Strathlbyn, Goolwa or Victor Harbor
The journey commences from Mount Barker station – a pleasant 20 minute drive from Adelaide along the South Eastern Freeway. Your ticket includes a twilight two-course dinner at the Goolwa Hotel and return travel from Mt Barker or Strathalbyn.
Xmas in July: Rail and two course meal – $TBA per person. Drinks at own cost. (Check our website for more information)
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Travel in the opulent comfort of our rarely used 1907-built Melbourne Express sleeping car ‘Finniss’, or our 1930’s-built first-class steel cars, all of which feature rich timber paneling, comfortable leather seating and individual compartments, just perfect for family or social groups.
Departing Mt Barker in the late afternoon, enjoy a range of local wines, beer or soft drink and taste some superb local produce provided by Goolwa’s 90 Mile Wines. Sit back, as our train winds its way through the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges, passing towering gums and mobs of Kangaroos to Strathalbyn. After a brief pause at Strathalbyn, the train will be off again, this time passing through grain crops and mallee scrub, through the hamlet of Finniss, across the towering Currency Creek Bridge, and onto the historic river port of Goolwa.
At Goolwa, transfer to a road coach for a gourmet meal at the One Paddock Currency Creek Winery, or the award winning Blues restaurant in Middleton, showcasing the best of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s food and wine, before returning to Goolwa, where your train will be waiting to return you to Mt Barker.
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The HighLander to Strathalbyn operates on selected Thursday’s and the second Sunday of July, September and November
A short journey on board a heritage ‘Redhen’ railcar, or behind heritage steam locomotive 621 or Rx207 from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn and return.
The journey commences from Mount Barker station – a pleasant 20 minute drive from Adelaide along the South Eastern Freeway.
Leaving Mt Barker mid morning, the train first climbs up to the crest of the line and then winds down the eastern escarpment of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, passing through several long abandoned station sites which bear testimony to the importance of this branch line a century ago.
Crossing the Angas River you then enter the historic township of Strathalbyn where many Scottish migrants settled in the early 1800s, influencing the early architecture which is still evident today. The town is well worth a visit to explore its well stocked antique shops and cafes.
The return train leaves Strathalbyn at around 1.30pm for its climb back up the ranges to Mt Barker , arriving home around 2.20pm.Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet