Duration

Can be either 3 hours (if passengers return on same train) or 7.5hrs (if passengers catch the morning train, then opt for train 2 on homeward journey).

About

The HighLander to Strathalbyn operates on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month between Mt Barker and Strathalbyn.

A short journey on behind a heritage steam or diesel locomotive from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn and return.

The journey commences from Mount Barker station - a pleasant 30 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.

You have the option to return to Mt Barker after a short break to turn the locomotive, or opt to explore the township of Strathalbyn and return on the afternoon train.

 

 

Train Operating Dates for 2024

JUNE: 2nd 16th & 30th

JULY: 7th & 21st*

AUGUST: 4th & 18th*+

SEPTEMBER: 1st & 29th*

OCTOBER: 6th & 20th*

NOVEMBER: 3rd & 17th*

* Strathalbyn Market

+ Strathalbyn Antiques & Vintage Fair

Timetable

Fares

  • Adult Return Fare: $42.00
  • Senior Return Fare: $38.00
  • Child Return Fare: $21.00
  • Family Return Fare: $108.00 (2 Adult & 2 Children)

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

Bookings

What to do in Strathalbyn

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THE ORIGINAL LOLLY SHOP

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B&B, HOTEL, MOTEL, CARAVAN PARK & SELF CONTAINED

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ART, CRAFT, SCULPTURE, WORKSHOPS & JEWELLERY

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OP SHOP, CHEMIST, BOOKS, CRAFT, NEWSAGENT, QUILTING, MENSWEAR

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PLANTS & AWARD WINNING GARDENS

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AT TIMES OUR VISITORS MAY NEED THE SUPPORT OF ESSENTIAL ‘BEHIND-THE-SCENES’ SERVICE.

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