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The Kiama Picnic Train



Join us for one of our classic rail tours from Sydney’s magnificent Central Station along the picturesque South Coast Line to the buzzing seaside town of Kiama for The Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival on 7 & 8 March 2020.


Our 2020 season kicks off with special guest locomotive 3526 — 'The Nanny' will head the Kiama Picnic Train for one weekend only, double-heading with our regular steam locomotive, 5917.


The C35 Class were rarely used on the South Coast Line when in service for the NSW Railways and this is believed to be the first visit of this locomotive beyond Unanderra to Kiama. Don't miss this rare chance to ride behind 3526 and 5917!


Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival is a free three-day South Coast signature event. It is set on the stages, streets, parks, cafes, bars and clubs across the breathtaking Kiama region.


This unique, jam-packed weekend celebrates two music genres that refuse to sit still, set against one of the country's most picturesque backdrops.


The exciting music content tips its hat to the original genres and celebrates all forms of contemporary interpretation, there is something for everyone. Vocal workshop, vinyl store, dinner and show events and jazz yoga are some other festival elements to enjoy.



Saturday, 7 March 2020

Sunday, 8 March 2020



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

Private Compartment

First Class Private Compartment — $700

(spacious compartment seating up to 6 people, includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine)

Standard Private Compartment — $600

(standard compartment seating up to 8 people)


Standard Class

Adult — $85 (16yo+)

Senior — $80 (Seniors card holders)

Child — $65 (2–15yo)

babies-in-arms and toddlers not occupying a booked seat may travel for free.


Full Carriage Hire — Contact Us for a Quote


Have your own party in a Private Compartment!



New 'more civilized' departure times

Outbound Journey (picking up at the following locations)

Sydney Terminal dep 9.25am

Hurstville dep 10.05am

Sutherland dep 10.20am

Thirroul dep 11.30am

Wollongong dep 11.45am

Kiama arr 12.35pm


Return Journey (setting down at the following locations)

Kiama dep 4.20pm

Wollongong dep 5.15pm

Thirroul arr 5.30pm

Sutherland arr 7.10pm

Hurstville arr 7.25pm

Sydney Terminal arr 7.55pm


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


Buffet Car:

The Kiama Picnic Train is equipped with a Buffet Car where light meals/snacks and beverages can be purchased. Passengers are also welcome to bring their picnic hampers and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic beverages need to be purchased on board.


The Picnic Train is proudly operated by Sydney Rail Services.