All aboard for a pleasant evening's journey from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn, 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 2023

Duration: 4:00pm to 11:30pm approx. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Departs: Mount Barker Railway Station - Saturday 22nd of July 2023


Departs Mount Barker 4.00pm, returns by 11.30pm



Adult: $120 Senior/Child: $110 (prices per person)

(including return rail travel and 3 course dinner at the Goolwa Hotel). Drinks at own expense.

Bookings Essential Please advise any dietary requirements when booking.

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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.





Smoked Salmon Salad with Feta Cheese, Asparagus & Caper dressing

Steamed Vegetable Dumplings with a Ginger Soy Sauce

Fresh Soup of the Day (Changes daily and will be stated on the Menu on the Day)


Warm Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard, Cream & Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit Salad and Brandy Snap Basket with Cream & Ice Cream

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries and Chantilly Cream

Main Course

Sage, Thyme & Garlic roasted Turkey with a Creamy Hazel Nut & Bacon Sauce

Barramundi Fillet with Creamy Potato, Bacon & Chive Bake

Beef Sirloin Steak (cooked medium) with Sweet Potato Mash and Hollandaise Sauce

(Subject to season variation)

All Meals served with our Salad and Vegetable Bar

Tea and Coffee Station

A Christmas Bon-Bon for each setting