The Southern Encounter | SteamRanger Train Journey | Aug – Nov 2020

SteamRanger Train Journey – The Southern Encounter

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.

The Southern Encounter

The Southern Encounter usually operates on the first and third Sundays from May until the end of November, however due to COVID restrictions they had to put all trips on hold.  Trains will be back running again from Sunday 16 August 2020!

2020 Dates:

  • 16 & 30 August 2020
  • 6 & 20 September 2020
  • 4 & 18 October 2020 (First Class option for 18 October 2020 TBC)
  • 1 & 15 November 2020 (Santa Special TBC)

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


Steamranger Heritage Railway are in the process of bringing their online bookings back online after being closed due to COVID, so they ask that bookings are made over the phone for now on 1300 655 991.


  • Adult: $75
  • Child: $40
  • Senior: $66
  • Family: $188

Special Discount: $60 Adult return fares and $30 Children. Phone bookings ONLY – call on 1300 655 991 (special correct at time of publishing 13 August 2020)

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

What:  The Southern Encounter

When:    Running again from Sunday 16 August 2020 (see more dates above)

Where:   Mt Barker to Victor Harbor

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


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