Steam Ranger (Cockle Train)
At Meet at Victoria Hotel Carpark
Main South Rd, O’Halloran Hill
Trip Leader: Bruce Mitchell
Phone: 0413 039 095
We will travel to Victor Harbour for a B.Y.O. lunch and be ready to board the Cockle Train at 1.10 PM for departure at 1.30 PM SHARP.
The train arrives in Goolwa at 2.00PM and returns to Victor Harbour at 2.45PM, arriving at 3.15PM for afternoon tea and the drive home.
The departure is from Victor Harbor so we can get seats and have a Steam Locomotive.
COSTS: Return Fares, Adult $29: Senior $ 25.50 : Child $15 : Family $ 69
( 2 Adults & 2 children, not necessarily related)
Discounts can apply if we have enough.
Please confirm numbers by 9th OCTOBER CLUB MEETING
The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor. Why is this icon journey called the "Cockle Train"? In early days of settlement the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day's outing and thus gained its name.
The Cockle Train leaves the Goolwa Depot , in the historic Wharf Precinct alongside the River Murray. After crossing the main Goolwa to Victor road the line heads off across the plains to Middleton, picking up or dropping off passengers on request, and then to Port Elliot where it reaches the Encounter Bay coast. The station here is operated by the local National Trust and features a small historical museum.
After leaving Port Elliot the train climbs to the top of the coastal cliffs and passengers then experiemce some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean - in winter the home of Southern Right Whale.
After a 30 minute journey the train edges into Victor Harbor station, right in the centre of the town and surrounded with its iconic pine trees. Here, the locomotive is detached from the carriages and turned on our specially retained 30m long electric turntable before rejoining the carriages for the return journey to Goolwa.