The best spots to see trains in Adelaide – miniature trains, train rides and parks
We are lucky in Adelaide that there are plenty of spots for a fun day out for train enthusiasts, big and small. If you’re looking for train rides or somewhere to go to see model trains then we hope this list will help. We’ve also included a few playgrounds in Adelaide with good spots to view trains from – little train lovers will be overjoyed by their proximity to railway tracks. All aboard!
Miniature Railways in Adelaide
Miniature ride-on trains are a fun way to show kids how trains work, but on a smaller scale. Please remember that for many of the miniature railways you need to wear totally enclosed footwear if you want to ride on the trains.
Adelaide Miniature Steam Railway Club
The Adelaide Miniature Steam Railway Club have public field days on the 4th Sunday of each month at 1:30pm. Entry to the Park is cash only, $8 per adult and $6 per child – all train rides are free.
370 Regency Road, Prospect
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Clare Valley Model Engineers Club
Their run days are held on the 2nd and 4th weekend each month. April – October Sundays 1.30pm – 4.30pm and long weekends 10.30am – 4.30pm. November – March Saturday evening 6pm – 8.30pm including long weekends.
Melrose Park, Clare (Melrose Park is situated off Phoenix Avenue)
Kadina Miniature Trains
Between 10am and 3pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, they love to release their little trains from their sheds, and carry both the young and young at heart around their track at the Visitor Information Centre in Kadina. Covered footwear is required.
50 Mines Road, Kadina
Morphett Vale Railway Miniature Ride On Trains
Set amongst the leafy natural bush landscape in Morphett Vale, south of Adelaide, is the MV Rail organisation who run train rides for countless families on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
The club runs large scale locomotives including diesel and steam, pulling along open carriages with wooden seats to fit both adults and children. Once your entry fee is paid, the rides are unlimited, with children under two allowed to ride for free, providing they are accompanied by an adult.
Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Wheatsheaf Road, Morphett Vale | See their run days and our review of the Morphett Vale Railway Miniature Ride On Trains here | $7 for unlimited rides
Penfield Park Miniature Railway
Penfield Park Model Railway features 120 metres of an HO HOn3 model railway track (on a six by four cubic metre layout), a large 45mm “G” scale outdoor garden railway & radio controlled quarter scale speedway race cars that speed around the racetrack.
Public open days are held on the last Sunday of each month except December (12 noon- 4:30pm) and the second Saturday from October to March (6:00pm.-9:30pm).
Miniature steam/diesel hauled train rides and radio controlled racing car displays will ensure you have an enjoyable family afternoon/evening.
Note: Fully covered footwear must be worn whilst riding on trains.
6-30 Woomera Avenue, Edinburgh | Read more here
Roseworthy Railway Club Inc.
Roseworthy Railway Club Inc. is an operating 7 1/4″ gauge miniature railway at the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide. The Railway runs for the public every third Sunday of the month from April to October from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, and from November to March on every third Saturday of the month from 6pm to 10pm. They offer BBQ meals, ice creams and drinks from their canteen.
University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus, Mudla Wirra Rd, Roseworthy | $2.50 per ride
SASMEE – South Australian Society or Model and Experimental Engineers
SASMEE run miniature train rides at Millswood twice a month throughout the year. The park is run by volunteers who maintain the park and the trains. The grounds offer picnic tables and seating with plenty of shady trees. There’s also a canteen which sells a range of soft drinks, tea, coffee, ice cream and hot chips and hot dogs.
This is a wonderful day out for families, especially for train lovers. There are grassy areas for a picnic, and the pond is also popular for remote control boats. There are two stations within the park where you can catch the miniature steam trains. Your entry ticket gives you unlimited rides for the day.
Millswood Cres, Millswood | Read more here
Train Rides in Adelaide (& surrounding regions)
Pichi Richi Railway
The Pichi Richi Railway is a Flinders Ranges tradition and is the last remaining operating portion of the “Old Ghan” narrow-gauge line. Watch gum-lined creeks, bluebush-studded hills and ancient rocky outcrops roll past at the relaxed pace of years gone by. All trains use historic steam or diesel locomotives and immaculately restored timber carriages up to 100 years old.
Open selected dates from March to November each year
Semaphore Train – Semaphore to Fort Glanville
The Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway is a scenic 2km long 457mm gauge railway operated by the National Railway Museum.
Steam locomotive No.6 ‘Bill’ pulls open carriages and his waving passengers and travels parallel with The Esplanade and the sand dunes. The view from the train overlooks Semaphore’s beautiful swimming beaches before passing through the dunes near historic Fort Glanville at Point Malcolm.
SteamRanger Train Journeys
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 up to 140 days a year and are manned by volunteers.
The Cockle Train operates between Goolwa and Victor Harbor. Trains depart Goolwa at 10am, 12.15pm, & 2.45pm and Victor Harbor at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.45pm. Tickets are available at stations on the day of travel
The Bugle Ranger is great for a little adventure not too far from Adelaide with it’s journey through the hills. Read our review here.
The Southern Encounter operates on the first and third Sundays from June until the end of November.
The Highlander Experience operates on the first and third Sundays from June until the end of November.
Where to go to see Trains in Adelaide
Croydon Playground Train Park
“Train Park” is a train-themed, fenced playground in Croydon and it’s a great location for some trainspotting. It’s right next to the Croydon train stop and you can see the trains arrive at the train stop just through the fence. There’s also a train in the playground that you can climb inside. Read our review here
1 Day Terrace, Croydon
Princess Margaret Playground, Black Forest
Princess Margaret playground in Black Forest is located next to railway tracks, so you’ll have the added bonus of regular commuter trains zooming past which are sure to make every toddler stop and stare in amazement! Read our review here
Cnr Byron Road & Canterbury Terrace, Black Forest
National Railway Museum
Step back in time and learn all about Australia’s locomotive history. Kids will enjoy seeing engines up close and getting to climb aboard the carriages. There’s also free train rides included in the entry price.
76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Open daily 10am-4:30pm
For more information and all enquiries please visit the individual websites/Facebook pages listed above.
What: Miniature trains in Adelaide, train rides in Adelaide, and train-themed playgrounds in Adelaide
When: times are shown above – we recommend you check individual websites/Facebook pages for current open days and times. Also please note that some open days will be cancelled in the event of very hot weather.
Where: See locations listed above
Who: Train Lovers
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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