SteamRanger Heritage Railway Journeys | Timetable & Station Locations | South Australia

SteamRanger Train Journeys in South Australia

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.

Train rides are a fabulous family friendly activity for all ages.  See some of South Australia’s most picturesque countryside from the comfort of your carriage and enjoy stopping off in some of our wonderful regional towns.

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.

Train Journeys include:

  • The Cockle Train
  • The Bugle Ranger
  • The Southern Encounter
  • The Highlander

The Cockle Train

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 and the ocean wharfs at Port Elliot and later at Victor Harbor.

  • The Cockle Train operates between Goolwa and Victor Harbor
  • Days: generally Wednesdays and Sundays
  • Trains depart Goolwa at 10am, 12.15pm, & 2.45pm
  • Trains depart Victor Harbor at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.45pm
  • Tickets available at stations on day of travel
  • See Timetable HERE
  • Goolwa Railway Station | Dunbar Rd, Goolwa

The Bugle Ranger


The train departs from SteamRanger’s Mt Barker station. The one hour trip aboard the heritage “Red Hen” railcar will take you southwards from Mt Barker to the very peak of the ranges at the now closed Philcox Hill station site. Read our Play & Go review here.

  • The Bugle Ranger operates from Mt Barker
  • Train departs Mt Barker at 2pm
  • Tickets are available from Mt Barker Station from 1pm on the day
  • See Timetable HERE
  • Mt Barker Railway Station | Dutton Rd, Mt Barker

The Southern Encounter

The Southern Encounter operates on the first and third Sundays from June until the end of November.  The journey takes you from Mt Barker, down the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, calling in at Strathalbyn, Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor.


  • The Southern Encounter operates from Mount Barker station to Victor Harbor with a 3 hour stopover
  • Departs Mt Barker 10am, returns 6pm.
  • Reserved Seating
  • Call 1300 655 991 to book your seats
  • See Timetable HERE
  • Mt Barker Railway Station | Dutton Rd, Mt Barker

The Highlander

The HighLander to Strathalbyn operates on selected Thursdays and the second Sunday of July, September and November.  A short journey behind heritage steam locomotive 621 or Rx207 from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn and return.

  • The HighLander operates between Mt Barker and Strathalbyn
  • The return train leaves Strathalbyn at around 1.30pm
  • Train arrives back at Mt Barker around 2.20pm
  • Bookings must be made 48 hours prior to travel
  • See Timetable HERE
  • Mt Barker Railway Station | Dutton Rd, Mt Barker

For event updates follow the Steamranger Heritage Railway Facebook page.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the SteamRanger Heritage Railway website.

What: SteamRanger Heritage Railway Train Journeys

When: Various days & times throughout the year

Where: South Australia – departing from various locations

Who:  Everyone

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.

Image Source: Steamranger Heritage Railway Facebook page (top image) & Play & Go Adelaide


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