The Murray River Connector

The Murray River Connector operates on the second Sunday of the month from May to November.

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.

Strathalbyn locals get the opportunity to travel on a train from Strathalbyn to Goolwa.

When the Murray River Connector arrives at Strathalbyn Station, the passengers from Mount Barker will alight and enjoy their time in Strathalbyn. While they admire the town, SteamRanger are offering the local people of Strathalbyn and surrounds a return journey to Goolwa.

The Murray River Connector is scheduled to leave Strathalbyn at 9.55am and arrive at Goolwa at 10.50am, leaving Goolwa at 1.50pm and arriving at Strathalbyn at 2.40pm. The magic of this section of the Mount Barker to Victor Harbor track is the bridges. No fewer than three large bridges are traversed – Finniss Bridge, Black Swamp Bridge and the mighty Currency Creek Bridge, which is the tallest rail bridge in South Australia. Also traveling through scrub country with its native vegetation where kangaroos are often seen bounding alongside the track chasing the train.

There are no seat allocations for this journey. So its first in for the best seats and seats are limited. The train will then depart Strath at 2.50pm, arriving at Mt Barker at 3.40pm

A perfect trip for the locals!


Train Operating Dates for 2022

MAY: 8th

JUNE: 12th

JULY: 10th

AUGUST: 14th





Mt Barker dep. 9.00am
Strathalbyn arr 9.50am
dep. 9.55am
Goolwa arr. 10.50am
dep. 1.50pm
Strathalbyn arr 2.40pm
dep. 2.50pm
Mt Barker arr. 3.40pm


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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