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Dinner Excursion: Christmas in July
August 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 11:55 pm
All aboard for a pleasant evening’s journey from Mt Barker to Goolwa
Mount Barker is a pleasant 20 minute drive from Adelaide along the South Eastern Freeway. The journey commences from Mount Barker station stopping in Strathalbyn to pick up passengers. 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. Here the Strathalbyn passengers board. 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.
Enjoy a country cooked meal, before returning to Mt Barker, stopping at Strathalbyn to allow the Strathalbyn passengers to alight.
Train Operating Dates for 2021
Duration: Late afternoon to 11:30pm approx BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Departs: Mount Barker Railway Station – Saturday 21st August (Christmas In July)
Xmas in July – Departs Mt Barker 5.15pm, returns by 11.30pm
Christmas in July: $97 per person (including return rail travel and 3 course dinner at the Goolwa Hotel). Drinks at own expense.
Bookings Essential:- Telephone 1300 655 991 Monday – Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM Sunday: Booking Line Closed
Please advise when booking, of any dietary requirements
Strictly limited to 90 seats due to Covid-19 restrictions
Menu (Christmas in July)
N.B. ****When booking, please advise of any special dietary requirements of members of your party to enable us to make the necessary arrangements.
Fresh Soup of the Day
Steamed Vegetable Dumplings with a Ginger Soy Sauce
Smoked Salmon Salad with Feta cheese, Asparagus & Caper dressing
Warm Christmas Pudding with brandy custard, cream and ice cream
Fresh fruit salad and brandy snap basket with cream and ice cream
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries and Chantilly Cream
Sage, Thyme & Garlic roasted Turkey with a creamy hazelnut & bacon sauce
Barramundi Fillet with creamy potato, bacon & chive bake
Beef Sirloin Steak (cooked medium) with sweet potato mash & hollandaise sauce
(Subject to season variation)