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Cockle Train

#3 of 8 Tours in Goolwa
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Address: Goolwa, South Australia, Australia
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Great afternoon out

Though slightly expensive ($30 ea, return from victor harbor to goolwa), it was a great experience with absolutely spectacular views. The trains are in great condition and look... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Though slightly expensive ($30 ea, return from victor harbor to goolwa), it was a great experience with absolutely spectacular views. The trains are in great condition and look fantastic. The best views are definitely between Victor Harbor and Port Elliot, so if you were looking to save money, I would suggest just going via these two stations and not all... More 

Thank MariahKate26
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, I cannot rate the experience as anything but poor. We expected to travel on the steam ranger and instead we were ushered into one of the old red hen trains. Having travelled to and from school in one of these trains for many years, meant this experience was nothing new. To add insult to injury, we were then expected... More 

Thank Karen A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We caught the Cockle Train from Port Elliot to Victor Harbour it is a wonderful way to see more of the surrounding area. We spoke to a couple of lovely lady volunteers who filled us in on the history of the line and sold us our tickets, once on the train we met another volunteer who was passionate about his... More 

Thank Ferrismonkey
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For such a simple idea, The Cockle Train is truly an icon for Victor Harbor. I never get tired of it, each trip to Victor means a ride on the train. Maybe it takes me back to my childhood, or maybe just the look on my 2-year-olds face when she sees it coming, whatever the reason it's surely worth the... More 

Thank ctime00
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great day out along the railway coastline from Port Elliott to Goolwa. This beautiful old steam train was a pleasure to ride on, as we were surrounded by old world charm with wooden paneling, booth compartments and sliding windows that brought in the sea breeze. My family and pet puppy Phoebe enjoyed our ride through the coastal towns and... More 

Thank Despina F
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This a short (half hour each way) train trip between Goolwa and Victor Harbor, in a lovingly restored train. Part of the trip goes right next to the beach with magnificent views. When we went the other day it was hauled by the 620-class Duke of Edinburgh, a magnificent steam engine. Fares are $30 per adult or $71 for a... More 

Thank AstroBloke
Sydney, australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Left from Victor Harbour and wow the view is amazing in both directions . Have to love the beautiful old train . So nice to see something so lovingly restored.

Thank bencat123
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Riding the cockle train is a great experience for all ages. Beautiful scenery along the half hour journey between Goolwa and Victor Harbor. Maintained and staffed fully by passionate volunteers, who do a wonderful job. May seem pricey, but understanding the upkeep it makes it all worth it. Definitely recommend if you are visiting this way.

Thank Lorraine S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

The old steam engines and carriages are beautiful. A slow trip by the sea via four stops and back is immensely popular at summer holiday time. Do yourself a favour. Also dig up cockles at Goolwa for Fettuccine al Vongole - and swim in azure waters of Horseshoe Bay at Port Eliot. Fish n chips by the sea there too.... More 

Thank Ros C
Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

A true highlight taking you back to days gone by. Two different engines alternate. Steam most of the day. Only the last one might be diesel if they need to rest the steam one at the other end. Lovely seats, authentic decor and original windows. Ocean views for much of the trip. Only $30 per person makes it great value... More 

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