Come and Live in the Past!

The Highlands Picnic Train

Sydney–Moss Vale via Robertson (return)


Saturday, 7 November 2020


Departing from Sydney’s Central Station, this is a rare opportunity to take a steam train tour to Moss Vale, via the picturesque South Coast Line. Once reaching Unanderra, our train heads up the Illawarra Escarpment giving you breathtaking views as the train works hard to climb the mountain.


Hauling the Highlands Picnic Train will be our legendary Baldwin steam locomotive, 5917 — built in the 1950s for the NSW Government Railways.


We have a simplified ticketing process — encompassing NSW Covid-Safe regulations.


There will be no buffet service on board. Passengers are advised to bring a picnic lunch and drinks.


The Highlands Picnic Train picks up at Central, Sutherland and Wollongong Stations only. Passengers are welcome to detrain at either Robertson or Moss Vale, where you will have plenty of time to enjoy lunch and explore the towns.


If lunching in either Robertson or Moss Vale, please book beforehand to avoid disappointment.



Saturday, 7 November 2020



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


Private Compartment:

Due to current restrictions, we are only able to offer one fare. Please gather together friends or family members for an enjoyable steam train ride from yesteryear!

Standard Private Compartment — $500 (standard compartment seating up to 4 people)

*Note: Family groups of up to 6 people will be permitted under a Private Compartment booking.


Full Carriage Hire — Call for Quote


Condition of travel:

  • Passengers will be subject to temperature checks on boarding train
  • Passengers will be required to check-in using the QR code provided (if you do not have a smart phone, help will be provided)
  • Passengers are required to wear a face mask when boarding and disembarking
  • Passengers are required to remain in their allocated seats, except for toilet visits
  • Passengers are required to wear face masks for toilet visits and any time while moving around their carriage.
  • Passengers are required to follow all instructions from their carriage attendant.
  • Other conditions may be implemented and some relaxed on the day depending on current COVID-19 restrictions



Outbound Journey (picking up at Sydney Terminal, Sutherland and Wollongong only)

Sydney Terminal (Central) dep 7.40am

Sutherland dep 8.35am

Wollongong dep 9.40am

Robertson arr 12.35pm

Moss Vale arr 1.15pm

Return Journey (setting down at Wollongong, Sutherland and Sydney Terminal)

Moss Vale dep 3.55pm

Robertson dep 4.20pm

Wollongong arr 6.15pm

Sutherland arr 7.15pm

Sydney Terminal (Central) arr 8.00pm


*Approximate times only. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure. A pre-event email will be sent to the ticket booking during the week prior to the event with final trip details.


Buffet Car:

Due to the current social distancing regulations, there will be no buffet available on the Kiama Picnic Train. Customers are welcome to bring along picnic lunches, snacks and drinks.


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



Toilets are available in all carriages. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, passengers using the toilet will be required to wear a face mask.


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.