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Linking the Highlands and the Sea

from Sydney or Wollongong

East Coast Heritage Rail have been operating heritage rail services in the Greater Sydney region since 1985, and we cordially invite you to join us on our flagship tour – the famous Cockatoo Run, a vintage day return train departing Sydney Terminal for Robertson and Moss Vale through the beautiful Southern Highlands. Enjoy reliving the railway experience of years gone by in our beautifully restored Standard Class heritage carriages, or recline in the luxury of Lounge Class and enjoy complimentary scones and drinks – our licensed buffet car serves light refreshments and souvenirs throughout the journey.

The Journey:
A mainstay of our operations since 1995, the Cockatoo Run is a scenic journey along the Illawarra Line, passing first through the rugged natural beauty of the Royal National Park before a spectacular shift to coastal scenery as the line runs parallel to the south coast from Stanwell Tops through to Wollongong and Unanderra. From here you can marvel as the vintage diesel locomotive tackle the steep grades up the Illawarra Escarpment, and enjoy the transition from splendid coastal views to waterfalls and magnificent rainforest as the train climbs up to Summit Tank, where we pause for you to admire the breathtaking views over Lake Illawarra to the Tasman Sea from the lookout.

We then continue through to historic Robertson, where you can disembark to explore the town’s rustic charms and enjoy a leisurely lunch or continue with the train through to Moss Vale. After turning around, the train then returns to Robertson before making the journey back to Central Station, traversing the same spectacular route as the sun sets in the evening, arriving back in Sydney prior to 7pm – an unforgettable day for all!

For detailed lineside notes about the trip which you can refer to during your journey, click here

The Staff:
Our friendly crew of volunteer Passenger Attendants will assist with your travel needs when you board and travel on the train, and will show you to your allocated seats. Our crew will point out highlights of the journey and offer information on places of interest that we pass.

How to Book:
Seats should be reserved prior to travel – bookings can be made via the links at the top of this page or by calling 1300 65 3801. Last minute, cash-only sales of tickets may be available on the train prior to departure at Sydney Terminal, however these are subject to availability.

Trains currently operate on selected Sundays – Seated and Lounge Class tickets available. Seniors, Group and Family discounts are offered and carriage hire can be arranged by enquiry.


  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch (see below)
  • Walk around the village
  • Visit the Illawarra Fly and Treetop Adventures ( – please contact the venue directly to arrange your visit
    (Reservations Reccomended)

There is a buffet service available on the train (tea/ coffee/ alcoholic refreshments/ snacks), however due to mobile reception on the route we cannot run eftpos machines and the buffet is therefore cash only.

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