Sydney to Dungog Picnic Train

DAY TOUR TO DUNGOG — Please check booking site for last minute cancellations

Departing: Rhodes–Eastwood–Hornsby–Gosford–Dungog (return)


Saturday, 28 May 2022

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to travel ‘The Short North’ and the North Coast line on a steam day tour to Dungog and return.

Travel behind steam locomotive 5917 unassisted!

The 59 Class 2-8-2 'Mikados' were built by the famous locomotive manufacturer, Baldwin, in the USA and used by the NSW Government Railways from the early 1950s up until the end of the steam era.

Choose to begin your journey behind 5917 from Rhodes, Eastwood, Hornsby or Gosford.

Experience the powerful Baldwin as it climbs the steep grades from West Ryde, Eastwood, through Pennant Hills and on to Hornsby. The train drops down the steep decline from Cowan to Hawkesbury River for a water stop, before traversing the picturesque Mullet Creek and our last pickup location of Gosford.

From Gosford, 5917 returns to some of its old stomping grounds – the ‘Short North’ to Broadmeadow, the four-tracks between Broadmeadow and Maitland and the scenic North Coast line between Maitland to Dungog.

The town centre in Dungog is a short walk from the railway station and you will have time for lunch and to check out this delightful country town before the return trip home.

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Your return journey through the late autumn afternoon will be no less spectacular. As the train travels into the night, you will again experience 5917 tackling Hawkemount and Fassifern. If you stay onboard after Gosford, you will experience the challenging standing-start out of Hawkesbury River as we climb Cowan Bank. Watch the glow of the fire against the condensing steam — a site and sound to behold!

Ticketing options are perfect for singles, couples, small groups and families.


Please Note: All fares are for same-day return travel and are the same fare regardless of your choice of boarding station. You may also choose to disembark at a different station to which you originally boarded the train.


Private Compartment — $560 per group

Enjoy the benefit of an entire closed-off compartment to yourselves in a heritage side-coridor carriage — great for larger families and social groups!

One booking is good for up to a maximum of eight (8) people including children.


Family of Four — $300 per family

Four seat booth in a heritage railway carriage with table.

First Class Duo — $220 for two people

Window seating for two people in a classic heritage carriage in a spacious booth with table.

First Class Single — $150 per person

Single window seat in a First Class section with table.


Full Carriage Hire — Call for Quote


Outboard Journey 

  • Rhodes dep 6.15am

  • Eastwood dep 6.30am

  • Hornsby dep 6.55am

  • Hawkesbury River
    (service arr 7.25am, dep 8.00am)

  • Gosford dep 8.20am

  • Dungog arr 12.55pm

Return Journey

  • Dungog dep 3.40pm

  • Gosford arr 8.25pm

  • Hawkesbury River
    (service arr 8.55pm, dep 9.35pm)

  • Hornsby arr 10.15pm

  • Eastwood arr 10.30pm

  • Rhodes arr 10.40pm

*Preliminary times only. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure. An update email will be sent to the ticket booking a couple of days prior to the event with final trip details.


View the spectacular scenery in Classic Duo

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Enjoy your own space in a Private Compartment

Toddlers: Babies in arms and small toddlers not requiring a booked seat may be brought along at no aditional cost.

Buffet Car: The Buffet Car will not be available on this trip. We encourage passengers to bring their own picnic hampers.


BYO alcohol is allowed, however, large eskys obstructing access will not be permitted onboard.


Toilets: Toilets are available in all carriages and will be locked off while in metropolitan areas.


Mobile Phones: There are limited charging points on the heritage equipment. It is recommended that you bring an external battery charger for your mobile devices.

Motive Power: Steam locomotive 5917 will be the primary motive power for the Dungog Picnic Train.


  • Passengers are required to wear a face masks while on station platforms

  • We recommend wearing face masks while seated and not eating or drinking

  • Passengers are asked to remain in their allocated seats as far as pracical

  • Passengers are required to follow all instructions from their carriage attendant

  • Other conditions may be implemented on the day depending on current COVID-19 restrictions

  • If the train is cancelled due to NSW Health restrictions, a full refund of the ticket price will be provided