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Tourist Train Rides > Australia

Scenic railways and heritage train rides in Australia

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Tourist railways feature historic train rides and scenic routes to provide memorable day trips that are fun for the whole family! Photo: Kuranda Scenic Railway, Queensland. Australia © Queensland Rail Limited.

New South Wales

Cooma, New South Wales

From Cooma, gateway to the Snowy Mountains, vintage self-propelled CPH railmotors roll some 12 mi (19 km) to Chakola. Selected services run to the intermediate stations at Snowy Junction and Bunyan. Apart from regular Tourist services on weekends, picnic runs, dinner services and private parties make up the schedule.

Katoomba, New South Wales

In the heart of the Blue Mountains, Sydneysiders and visitors alike flock to experience the valley's World Heritage rainforest aboard a trio of rail adventures. Scenic World features the world's steepest incline railway, the only horizontal passenger carrying cable car in Australia and Australia's steepest cable car ride. Open 365 days a year.

Lithgow, New South Wales

Service remains temporarily suspended in early 2014.

Queensland

Cairns, Queensland

A popular option to or from the tropical mountain village of Kuranda, the railway snakes through the rain forests of Barron Gorge National Park to conveniently connect with Cairn's CBD and suburban Freshwater Station. Highlights include railway/skyrail packages and premium Gold Class upgrades. Trains operate year-round. Selected features: train charters, gift shop, restaurant, wheelchair access.

South Australia

Stirling North, South Australia

In the South Australia Outback, this restored narrow-gauge operates between Stirling North and Quom, the original home of Oz's fabled Gahn, the train that linked the continent.

Adelaide, South Australia

Classic steam engines pull out of Mt. Barker (30 minutes east of Adelaide) on a southerly course bound for the resort town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Victoria

Queenscliff, Victoria

Historic coastal line provides "Victoria's Unique Railway Experience." Trains run year-round on Sundays, Tuesdays and holidays; selected Thursdays and Saturdays. Also: home to Melbourne's legendary Blues Trains, progressive dunner concerts on wheels held quarterly.

Belgrave, Victoria

Australia's oldest steam train runs along its original track through the scenic Dandenong Ranges, only 40km (24m) east of Melbourne. Mountain views and cool gullies abound along the winding track from Belgrave to Emerald Lake (Lakeside) and Gembrook. Passengers have a range of tour options to choose from -- journeys of one hour to a full day's adventure.

Healesville, Victoria

Not far from Melbourne, visitors are invited to tour the historic railyard and view ongoing restoration projects before taking off on a scenic stream-driven excursion.

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