The Highlander Experience

The HighLander to Strathalbyn operates on selected Thursday's 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 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 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.

Train Operating Dates for 2019

Thursday's April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and May  2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, (Heritage Railcar Services)

Sundays 14th July, 11th August, and 8th September (Steam Hauled)

Sunday 10th November 2019 – Rotary’s Strathalbyn Great South Australian Duck Race – amended Timetable applies. (Steam Hauled subject to fire restrictions) 


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


  Return Fares Single Fare
Mt Barker to (or v.v) Adult Child Senior Family Adult Child
Strathalbyn $36.00 $19.00 $32.00 $90.00 $24.00 $12.50

Note: Discounted fares apply to Thursday services in April and May 2019 - Adults $29, Children $15 (Sorry no further discounts apply to these services).

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

Online and Phone Bookings

Click HERE to make a booking online.

Alternatively, call 1300 655 991 to make a booking by phone.

Please note: All online bookings must be made a maximum of 48 hours prior to intended travel, to ensure our booking officers can process the purchase and have your tickets available at the departure point on the day of your visit.