South Australia - Railway Attractions

This covers railway attractions in the following areas of the state:

Mt Lofty Ranges and Encounter Coast

Metropolitan Area

Yorke Peninsula

Mid North

River Murray

South East

Mt Lofty Ranges and Encounter Coast


PO Box 960

Mt Barker 5251

Telephone: (08) 8391 1223

Fax: (08) 8391 1933

SteamRanger operates the Southern Encounter, Highlander and Cockle Train services on the Victor Harbor Tourist Railway from depots in Mt Barker and Goolwa.</P>

Services generally run on Sundays.</P>

For times and fares please see SteamRanger's Home Page.

Some SteamRanger locomotives

621 at Unley Park

Rx207 at Goolwa

F251 at Unley Park

Photos (C) Neil Waller

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Victor Harbor Horse Tramway

c/o District Council of Victor Harbor

This is one of only two horse tramways with a daily operation in the world (the other is in the Isle of Mann) although if you know of more I will happily change this! (email me here!)

The tram provides a service from the mainland across the causeway to Granite Island and is a 1986 recreation of the original horse tram which ran for many years up to the early 1950's.

Trams are stored in a new, large windowed shed near the old Victor Harbor Goods Shed which is now the South Australian Whale Centre.

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National Trust Museum - Victor Harbor

While you are in Victor Harbor visit the National Trust Museum which is in the old Station Master's house on the sea-ward side of the railway station.

It contains some memorabilia about the rail service among other items of local historical significance.

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Historic Railway Carriage, Goolwa

Cadell Street


On of the carriages used on the first public railway in Australia, the horse drawn line from Goolwa to Port Elliot, opened in 1854, is on display in a glass fronted building in the main street of Goolwa.

Nearby is the old railway cutting to the wharf and other relics of the original line which was bypassed in 1915 by the present line.

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Port Milang Historic Railway Museum

c/- Post Office


Telephone (08) 8537 0061

This small museum is in the old Milang Railway Station which served the railway from Strathalbyn between 1884 and 1970.

There are a couple of carriages and wagons in the old yard.

Craft, Souvenirs and Refreshments are available.

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Metropolitan Area

Port Dock Station Railway Museum

Lispon St.
Port Adelaide 5015

Telephone (08) 8341 1690

This excellent museum is open every day of the year.
It can be reached by bus or train from Adelaide.

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St Kilda Tramway Museum

PO Box 2012

Telephone (08) 8297 4447

This museum has a collection of at least one of every electric tram type that ran on the Adelaide system.

It operates over a couple of kilometres of track from the depot/museum to the Playground on the St Kilda foreshore every Sunday and Public Holiday afternoon and more frequently in school holidays.

St Kilda is some 20 km north of Adelaide and is most conveniently reached by car.

More information is available on David Hoadley's Tramway Museums page.

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West Torrens Railway Signalling/ Telegraph and Aviation Museum

Marion Road
West Richmond

This seemingly odd collection is in a museum which was founded by the DCA Historical Society and local Councillor Reece Jennings, once a Train Controller with the old SAR, in the old West Torrens Council Chambers.

This little museum is on Marion Road West Richmond about 500 metres from the end of the main Adelaide Airport runway and practically on the centre-line.

Look for the railway signals on the western side of the road between Richmond and Burbridge Roads.

It is open Sunday afternoons and contains some working railway signalling apparatus and notes on safe-working as well as material relating to civil aviation in South Australia.

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Adelaide's Trains

Adelaide has 6 suburban rail services:

In general there is 30 minute service Monday to Friday during the day, more frequently during the peak hours, and an hourly service at other times with the exception of the Tonsley line which has a Monday to Friday peak hour service only.

On weekdays during the day the Noarlunga Centre / Brighton trains operate as an overlapping service - Noarlunga Centre trains run express between Adelaide and Brighton where they make a connection with an all stations Adelaide - Brighton train.

In peak periods Brighton and Tonsley trains are similar with Brighton trains running express between Adelaide and Woodlands Park and Tonsley trains all stations.

Normal Adelaide MetroTicket fares and conditions apply.

See TransAdelaide for timetables.

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Belair Line

This scenic line runs into the Adelaide Hills and the Belair National Park.

These locations outlined here are described in more detail in the Belair railway line description.

Contact the Mitcham Council for opening times and / or walking brochures.

The Glenelg Tram

TransAdelaide operate this early example of rail rapid transit with quaint and appealing old tramcars built in 1929.

Services run all day from about 0600 to 2330 Monday to Friday and less frequently at weekends from Victoria Square in Adelaide to Moseley Square on the sea front at Glenelg.

Normal Adelaide MetroTicket fares and conditions apply.

More information is available from David Hoadley's Adelaide tram page.

Further afield:

Glenelg has been the Adelaide end of the Enigma fast ferry to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island.

Please check with the operator for times.

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Yorke Peninsula

Wallaroo - Kadina Tourist Railway

PO Box 302

Telephone (08) 8821 1356

Operates regularly on the second Sunday of the month leaving Wallaroo at 1:00 pm for Kadina and return using an ex VLine "T" class diesel electric, a couple of ex VLine BE cars, and an ex AN CGP brakevan.

The operation is more frequent on special occassions.

They have a small museum in the Wallaroo Goods Shed.

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National Trust Museum, Moonta Mines

This museum is in the old Moonta Mines School of Mines and contains a great deal of information about the history of the mines including the railways in use.

There are a number of railway relics, including an original Moonta Horse Tram on display nearby the museum main building.

The National Trust also operates a narrow guage train around the old mine site to the Moonta railway station and back.

This gives a very good insight into the mining industry at Moonta.

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Mid North

Steamtown Peterborough

PO Box 133

Telephone (08) 8651 2106

This railway operates from the historic railway town of Peterborough northwards to Orroroo and Eurelia along the old Great Northern Line.

This narrow guage (1067mm) line used to continue to Quorn, then Port Augusta or Alice Springs.

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Pichi Richi Railway

Railway Station
Railway Tce
QUORN 5433

Telephone (08) 8276 6232

Services are operated from Quorn to Woolshed Flat using steam trains or the delighful steam railcar The Coffee Pot or with a Barwell Bull model 75 railcar.

The return journey takes about 2 3/4 hours.

For more detail, including times and fares please see the Pichi Richi Railway Home Page.

Light Refreshments are available on all trains.

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National Trust Museums

Two museums operated by mid-north branches of the National Trust will be of interest to railway enthusiasts.

These are at Port Pirie and Jamestown.

Both museums are in the old railway station in the town.

The Port Pirie Museum has a small steam locomotive from the nearby lead smelters on display.

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River Murray

Port of Morgan Historic Museum

c/o Post Office

Telephone (08) 8540 2085

This museum is situated in the old Morgan Railway Station on the bank of the River Murray.

It contains a display of the districts rail and river boat history.

Also at the museum is a short rail ride past the massive old wharf to the old Powder Magazine.

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Cobdogla Steam Friends Society

c/o Barmera Travel Centre

Barwell Ave


Telephone (08) 8588 2289

This museum is in the old Cobdogla Pumping Station.
It has open days from time to time - contact the Barmera Travel Centre for details.

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South East

Limestone Coast Railway

This organisation operates Redhen railcars on the line north from Mt Gambier to Coonawarra.

See the local Tourist Centre for details.

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Prepared by Neil Waller, Adelaide, May 1996 - November 1998 from Brochures, etc, prepared by the organisations listed.

No responsibility is taken for ommissions or changes by the operators of the attractions.

I have prepared this page from my own knowledge and from various other sources.

I welcome comments and other information that might be included.

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