The Highlander

The Highlander to Strathalbyn operates on selected Thursday's in May and the second Sunday of July, September and November

Redhen 428 at Strathalbyn

A short journey on board a heritage 'Redhen' railcar, or behind heritage steam locomotive 621 or Rx207 from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn and return.

The journey commences from Mount Barker station - a pleasant 20 minute drive from Adelaide along the South Eastern Freeway.

Leaving Mt Barker mid morning, the train first climbs up to the crest of the line 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 of yesteryear.

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 visit to explore its well stocked antique shops and cafes.

The return train leaves Strathalbyn at around 1.30pm for its climb back up the ranges to Mt Barker, arriving home around 2.20pm.

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Train Operating Dates for 2021

Duration: 10:00am to 2:30pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Departs: Mount Barker Railway Station

MAY: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

JULY: 11th




NOVEMBER: 14th (Duck Race)


Mt Barker dep. 10.00pm
Strathalbyn arr 10.50pm
  dep. 1.30pm
Mt Barker arr. 2.20pm



Return Fares One-Way Fares
Mt Barker to (or v.v) Adult Child Senior Family Adult Child
Strathalbyn $37.00 $19.00 $33.00 $90.00 $24.00 $12.50


Children under 4 years travel FREE but are not issued a seat. Children 4 to 16 years travel at CHILD fares
Seniors fares apply to holders of State Government issued Seniors Card
Family fares apply to groups of 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children


Pre bookings are strongly advised as these trains may fill quickly

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