All aboard for a pleasant evening's journey from Mt Barker to Strathlbyn, Goolwa or Victor Harbor

621 prepares to work the 2015 Christmas in July Dinner Excursion

621 prepares to work the 2015 Christmas in July Dinner Excursion

The journey commences from Mount Barker station - a pleasant 20 minute drive from Adelaide along the South Eastern Freeway. Your ticket includes a twilight two-course dinner at the Goolwa Hotel and return travel from Mt Barker or Strathalbyn,

Leaving Mt Barker mid afternoon, listen to our heritage steam locomotive (or diesel locomotive during the summer months), as it hauls the train  up to the crest of the line at Philcox Hill and then winds down the eastern escarpment of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, passing through several long abandoned station sites which bear testimony to the importance of this branch line a century ago.

Crossing the Angas River you then enter the historic township of Strathalbyn where many Scottish migrants settled in the early 1800s, influencing the early architecture which is still evident today. The town is well worth a return visit during the day to explore its well stocked antique shops and cafes. From here, the train may continue on across the mallee scrub, through the former station sites of Sandergrove, Finniss and Currency Creek, before arriving at Goolwa. Some services may also continue on, along the coast to Victor Harbor.

Enjoy a country cooked meal, before returning to Mt Barker.

Train Operating Dates for 2018

July: Saturday 21st - Xmas in July - destination Goolwa


Xmas in July - Departs Mt Barker 5.15pm, returns by 11.30pm



Xmas in July: Rail and two course meal - $75.00 per person.  Drinks at own cost.

Bookings Essential:-  Telephone 1300 655 991

Please advise when booking, of any dietary requirements

Menu (Christmas in July)


  • Roast Turkey with gravy and Cranberry sauce or
  • Battered, Crumbed or Grilled Fillets of Butterfish or
  • Roasted Pork Porterhouse with Apple sauce, Mash Potato and Gravy.

(includes salad and vegetable bar & Warm bread Roll).


  • Warm Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard, Cream & Ice-cream or
  • Fresh Fruit Salad and Brandy Snap basket with Cream & Ice-cream or
  • Chocolate and Strawberry filled Meringue with a Berry sauce.

TEA & COFFEE. served with an after dinner mint.