Southern Encounter Experience



Enjoy the picturesque Adelaide Hills


Visit the Murray River port of Goolwa

Experience a fully operational Heritage railway

Travel along the beaches of the coastal railway overlooking Encounter Bay

Enjoy train travel on carriages and engines dating back to the early1900's

Free time at Victor Harbor for lunch and sightseeing


Opportunity to ride the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram


Whale Watching from June until October

What's included

Pickup and drop off from Adelaide accommodation

Coach travel from Adelaide to Mount Barker and return

Informative commentary from a local guide on coach transfer

Heritage train travel from Mount Barker to Victor Harbor and return

Travel on the Steamranger Southern Encounter

From $102
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Additional Information

Departs: 9.30 am

Returns: 5.00 pm

Minimum numbers required: 2 people 

Dates/ Days of travel: Daily on request

What to Bring

Enclosed walking shoes


A warm jacket as Victor Harbor can be cooler than Adelaide


Travel from the City of Adelaide through the lush green Eucalypt forests of the Adelaide Hills to the township of Mount Barker, home to the SteamRanger Heritage Railway.

Board the popular Southern Encounter train for our journey that takes us back in time when the railways were the only way to travel throughout the countryside of South Australia.

Our train pulls away from the Mount Barker Railway Station as we make our way out of newer residential subdivisions and into the rolling hills and pastures of the Mount Lofty Ranges, through the gums and past the grazing livestock with the odd kangaroo bounding along the fence line to move away from our historical engine and carriages.

Past through the township of Strathalbyn where the heritage listed railway station and yard is just like stepping back in time to the 1950’s. Sit back and listen to the clickety clack of the rail as we travel over the plains through wheat fields with the odd splash of the vibrant yellow canola.

View the might Murray River at the riverport of Goolwa as we retrace the journey of Australia’s first public railway when the paddle steamers would off load their wheat, wool and freight to the railway which connected with sailing ships at the deep sea ports of Port Elliott and Port Victor.

These days the coast line between Goolwa Beach, Middleton, Port Elliott and Victor Harbor is where many South Australians take their summer break and holidays, enjoying the cooler temperatures and gentle sea breeze.  Winter time brings in a new visitor to the region attracted by the beautiful coastline, Southern Right Whales.

With Whale season in full swing between the months of June to November, a sighting is ever possible as our train travels through the sand dunes on what is one of Australia’s closest beach railways.

On arrival at Victor Harbor enjoy free time to explore the historical port town and holiday village. Enjoy lunch at one of the many hotels, bakery, fish and chip shops, cafes or restaurants. Or perhaps enjoy a spot of shopping in the main street, Ocean Street.

Other historical attractions include the South Australian Whale Centre, the National Trust Museum, Customs House and Station Master’s Residents or enjoy a trip on the Horse Drawn Tram to then explore Granite Island.

Reboard the train after our 3 hour stop over to take our journey back up to Mount Barker. Sit back, relax, take in the fresh sea air and recharge the batteries after a great days outing to Victor Harbor.

At the end of the day enjoy being dropped back to your city accommodation.