Steam Train Rides

Wollongong–Scarborough (return)

  • Saturday, 11 June 2022

  • Sunday, 12 June 2022

  • Monday, 13 June 2022

(Trips depart Wollongong Railway Station each day)

Experience the excitement of a steam train trip as The Picnic Train presents three days of special trains on a one-hour return shuttle from Wollongong to Scarborough — perfect for friends and family.


You will travel behind former NSW Government Railways locomotive 5917 as the powerful engine races past the northern suburbs and then climbs through the twists and turns to the coastal town of Scarborough before returning to Wollongong.


Please Note: All fares are for same-day return travel on the same service.


Private Compartment — $160 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 — $95 per family

This option is suitable for a maximum of four people and includes two window seats in a spacious area with table.​


First Class Single — $40 per person

Single seat ticket in a First Class section with table.


Full Carriage Hire — Call for Quote


Train 1:

  • Wollongong — dep 9.50am

  • Wollongong — arr 10.55am

Train 2:

  • Wollongong — dep 11.10am

  • Wollongong — arr 12.30pm

Train 3:

  • Wollongong — dep 12.55pm

  • Wollongong — arr 2.05pm

Train 4:

  • Wollongong — dep 2.15pm

  • Wollongong — arr 3.20pm

Train 5:

  • Wollongong — dep 4.05pm

  • Wollongong — arr 5.15pm


*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 with a drink!

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Enjoy your own space in a Private Compartment.


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


There are limited storage areas for prams. As you will not be alighting at Scarborough, we ask that prams are not brought onboard, unless necessary. 

Buffet Car:

The Buffet Car will not be available for these trips. We also encourage passengers to bring their own picnic hampers, sit back and enjoy the ride.


BYO alcohol is allowed, however, large eskys will not be permitted



Toilets are available throughout the train.


Mobile Phones:

There are no charging points on the heritage equipment. It is recommended that you bring an external battery charger for your mobile devices.


  • Passengers are asked to wear a face masks when boarding and alighting from the train

  • 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