The Southern Encounter | SteamRanger Train Journey

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.

The journey takes you from Mt Barker, down the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, calling in at Strathalbyn, Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor.  Passengers can experience some of the most picturesque coastal scenery in South Australia, with uninterrupted views of the beach and the Southern Ocean below, in winter the home of Southern Right Whale.

The Southern Encounter arrives in Victor Harbor for a three hour stopover.

Bookings are essential.

2022 Days of Operation

  • 1, 15 & 29 May 2022
  • 5 & 19 June 2022
  • 3, 17 & 31 July 2022
  • 7 & 21 August 2022
  • 4 & 18 September 2022
  • 2, 16 & 30 October 2022
  • 6 & 20 November 2022

Duration: 10am to 6:30pm

Note: Trains in November are scheduled to be diesel-hauled due to fire risk


  • The Southern Encounter operates from Mount Barker station to Victor Harbor with a 3 hour stopover
  • Departs Mt Barker 10am, returns to Mt Barker 6.30pm
  • Reserved Seating
  • BOOK ONLINE or call 1300 655 991 to book your seats
  • See Timetable HERE
  • Mt Barker Railway Station | Dutton Rd, Mt Barker


Return Ticket Prices (Mt Barker to Victor Harbor):

  • Adult: $76
  • Child: $40
  • Senior: $67
  • Family: $188

Children under 4 years travel FREE but are not issued a seat. Children 4 to 16 years travel at CHILD fares.

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

What:  The Southern Encounter

When:    May to November 

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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