Over the past few years, we have kept you updated about some of the best things to do in Adelaide and South Australia, but one adventure that keeps popping up on our radar time and time again, is the South Coast Wine Train. Yes, A WINE TRAIN!
The heritage train offers a full day out, steaming you towards some of South Australia’s best wineries, for an experience unlike any other.
These incredible wine tours have been happening for a while, and with each date regularly selling out, it’s clearly a hot ticket. The tours kick off in May, and continue through to the start of Summer.
On your adventure, you’ll travel through the Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek, Goolwa and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Dates for 2020 are as follows:
- Sunday 3rd May
- Sunday 17th May
- Sunday 31st May
- Sunday 7th June
- Sunday 21st June
- Sunday 5th July*
- Sunday 19th July*
- Sunday 2nd August*
- Sunday 16th August
- Sunday 20th September
- Sunday 4th October
- Sunday 18th October
- Sunday 1st November
- Sunday 15th November
Your ticket on the South Coast Wine Train package includes hotel pickup and drop off, coach and rail travel from Adelaide, heritage train travel on the Steamranger Heritage Railway (2.5 hrs*), wine tasting at 2 local wineries, a 2 course lunch and commentary from a local guide/ host.
Your first stop, once you’re picked up in Adelaide by coach, is Mount Barker, where guests step aboard the SteamRanger Southern Encounter (AKA the South Coast Wine Train) and travel via heritage train past the eucalyptus trees and through the rolling hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges to arrive at Strathalbyn.
Travel via coach the short distance to the vineyards of Langhorne Creek and arrive at your first winery for the day. Be guided through a tasting of wines in an informal, relaxed approach with our wine host and cellar door staff.
Enjoy a 2 course lunch at a local restaurant and take the opportunity to sample a glass of wine from the region.
After lunch you will visit your second winery for the day, once again being educated by the friendly cellar door staff.
Travel through the Currency Creek wine region and arrive at the Port of Goolwa. Take the opportunity to sample some of the wines from 90 Mile Wines at the Wharf Barrel Shed or sit back on the deck overlooking the Murray River whilst enjoying a beer or whisky at the local Steam Exchange Brewery and Fleurieu Distillery.
Enjoy the free time at Goolwa and take in the attractions, bars and the atmosphere and activities of the wharf area.
After exploring the Goolwa wharf precinct and indulging in some more local tastings, step back aboard the South Coast Wine Train for your return journey to Mount Barker.
Enjoy a local platter of cheeses, smallgoods and produce from the regions, enjoy a chat with a new friend and a laugh with an old as the train departs Goolwa and travels over the plains to Strathalbyn and starts to climb onward towards your destination of Mount Barker.
On arrival at Mount Barker a coach will be waiting to shuttle you back to the city of Adelaide. Arrive in Adelaide at approximately 7pm.
Return trip from Adelaide
Adult $198 per person
Child $94 per person
For more info hit up https://www.railtoursaustralia.com.au/southcoastwinetrain
*Winter schedule – on these dates guests will be collected at Strathalbyn and returned via coach to Adelaide arriving back at 6.15 pm
Even though the Steamranger train is advertised to be hauled by a steam engine, they do not guarantee that a steam engine will always be available due to operational constraints or similar. When a steam engine is not available the train will be a diesel engine or diesel railcar.