Summer Cockle Trains – Goolwa – Port Elliot – Victor Harbor
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 Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor.
The Steam locomotives will be operating daily from 27 December 2020 until the end of the January 2021 school holidays. A fabulous activity for the whole family, the view from the train takes in the beautiful coastline and you can choose a one way journey or buy a return trip.
About The Cockle Trains:
Why is this icon journey called the “Cockle Train”? In early days of settlement the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day’s outing and thus gained its name.
The Cockle Train is based at the Goolwa Depot and commences its run each day at Goolwa station, in the historic Wharf Precinct alongside the River Murray. After crossing the main Goolwa to Victor road the line heads off across the plains to Middleton, picking up or dropping off passengers on request, and then to Port Elliot where it reaches the Encounter Bay coast. The station here is operated by the local National Trust and features a small historical museum.
After leaving Port Elliot the train climbs to the top of the coastal cliffs and passengers then experiemce some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean – in winter the home of Southern Right Whale
After a 30 minute journey the train edges into Victor Harbor station, right in the centre of the town and surrounded with its iconic pine trees. Here, the locomotive is detached from the carriages and turned on a specially retained 30m long electric turntable before rejoining the carriages for the return journey to Goolwa.
The number of trains operated varies through the year.
The Cockle train does not have reserved seats. Passengers can buy their Cockle Train tickets from Victor Harbor, Pt Elliot or Goolwa station ticket offices on their day of travel. Station offices open at least 30 minutes before the first train departure of the day.
Passengers can buy tickets at any of the stations for one-way journeys in either direction along the line or a round trip. Trains wait for about 30 minutes at both Goolwa and Victor and roundtrip passengers can extend this period by returning on a later train.
Round Trip Prices:
- Adults | $32.50
- Children | $16.50
- Seniors | $28.50
- Family | $77
*steam haulage is subject to loco availability and CFS imposed fire restrictions.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the SteamRanger Heritage Railway website.
What: Summer Cockle Trains
When: From 27 December 2020 until 27 January 2021 | See timetable here
Where: Goolwa, Middleton, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor | South Australia
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Image Source: SteamRanger Heritage Railway website and Facebook
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