Join us on board our new premium dining experience train – ‘The Fleurieu Explorer’.

Take a step back in time, and join SteamRanger Heritage Railway for a unique evening, filled with fun, old-world charm and quality food and wine from some of the state’s premier food and wine districts.

Travel in the opulent comfort of our rarely used 1907-built Melbourne Express sleeping car ‘Finniss’, or our 1930’s-built first-class steel cars, all of which feature rich timber paneling, comfortable leather seating and individual compartments, just perfect for family or social groups.

Departing Mt Barker in the late afternoon, enjoy a range of local wines, beer or soft drink and taste some superb local produce provided by Goolwa’s 90 Mile Wines. Sit back, as our train winds its way through the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges, passing towering gums and mobs of Kangaroos to Strathalbyn. After a brief pause at Strathalbyn, the train will be off again, this time passing through grain crops and mallee scrub, through the hamlet of Finniss, across the towering Currency Creek Bridge, and onto the historic river port of Goolwa.

At Goolwa, transfer to a road coach for a gourmet meal at the One Paddock Currency Creek Winery, or the award winning Blues restaurant in Middleton, showcasing the best of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s food and wine, before returning to Goolwa, where your train will be waiting to return you to Mt Barker.

But hurry, seats are strictly limited to 70 places, and these services is guaranteed to sell out fast!

Fares & Operating Dates

Operating Dates for 2021:



Fare: TBA

 (Fare includes return first class rail travel from Mt Barker, complementary glass of sparkling on boarding, on board tasting platters, coach transfers, two course meal).

Bookings are Essential. Telephone 1300 655 991 to book.

Please Note: Semi-Formal dress code applies.


Looking for somewhere special to spend the night on return to Mt Barker?

SteamRanger have proudly partnered with the Hahndorf Accommodation Group and the Hahndorf Resort to provide discounted accommodation for our guests.

Hahndorf Resort
Call the Hahndorf Resort on 1300 763 836 and advise on booking that you are travelling with SteamRanger on the Fleurieu Explorer to receive 10% off the standard room rate.

Hahndorf Accommodation Group

Executive room at The Manna, Hahndorf, A $30 breakfast voucher for the Haus Restaurant and special pre-arranged transport to drop you at Mt Barker Station, and pick you up on the return to Mt Barker*. Just $235 for 2 people (twin share)

Please phone Guest Services at The Manna on (08) 8388 1000, quoting the “Steamranger” promotion to book this amazing deal!


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Food and Beverage

On Board Refreshments - Provided by 90 Mile Wines

On boarding the Fleurieu Explorer, guests are entitled to:

A complimentary glass of 90 Mile Brut Cuvee

The following are are also available for purchase from the Buffet car enroute. Eftpos facilities are available.

  • 90 Mile (Fleurieu) Brute Cuvee, Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz,
  • Vale Brewing (McLaren Vale) Ale or Lager  and
  • Bickfords (Adelaide Hills) soft drinks available for purchase.

Regional Platters to share

Mixed platters of fresh Fleurieu produce

-       A mix of local, gourmet meats, cheese, olives, fruit etc and biscuits

Please note: this train is a licenced venue, and as such, no BYO alcohol is permitted.

Dinner Menu - Provided by One Paddock Currency Creek Wines or The Blues Restaurant

June Departure (One Paddock, Currency Creek)
Each table will receive the following sharing plates


·         Chicken served on the bone, honey, saffron and hazelnuts

·         Slow roasted rump of beef, hollandaise

·         Baked pumpkin, smoked eggplant,            pomegranate molasses

·         Crushed Potatoes, Olive Oil and Rosemary


Choice of:

·         Chocolate brownie with walnuts or

·         Almond Semolina cake with double cream

Drinks at own expense during dinner service.

*Menu subject to seasonal change

October Departure (The Blues, Middleton)
Served alternate drop


·         Beef Fillet, cooked to medium, resting on oven roasted pumpkin with wilted baby spinach and herb tomato with red wine jus
·         Tender free range chicken breast on oven roasted sweet potato mash, broccolini and a creamy chicken jus


Served alternate drop

·         Flourless chocolate cake with white chocolate garnish, quenelle of mascarpone and garnished w strawberries & mint or

·         Lemon curd tart w raspberry couli, double cream and fresh strawberries.

Drinks at own expense during dinner service.

*Menu subject to seasonal change