Our Destinations

The Picnic Train operates steam and diesel hauled passenger train services all over New South Wales to a variety of destinations. We are well known for the Kiama Picnic Train, our amazing one day trip to the coastal town of Kiama from Sydney. 

We are pleased to inform you that The Picnic Train has a huge 2022 tour programme planned for our steam engines and would like to share some of our plans for major regional events that we hope to run with our followers. Please be aware, this is all in the planning phase and while some are locked in, all are pending COVID-19 restrictions and charter restrictions at the time. Tours will be announced on our website when finalised.

We are committed to running our steam trains for the people of NSW as often as possible.

  • May — Kiama Picnic Trains return

  • May — Dungog Day Tour from Sydney

  • June  — Wollongong Steam Shuttles, Blue Mountains, and Southern Highlands Picnic Train’s

  • July – Maitland to Dungog Picnic Train’s

  • July – North Coast tour to Coffs Harbour and Wauchope

  • July – Hunter Valley Steam Festival with R766 and 5917

  • August — Sydney Tours

  • September — Weekend in Melbourne in conjunction with Steam Rail Victoria

  • September — Southern NSW tours from Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Cootamundra

  • October Long weekend – 70th Anniversary celebrations for R766 and 5917

  • October to Christmas – Kiama Picnic Trains

Steam Train Rides


  • 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.

Dungog Picnic Train

Maitland to Dungog (return)

Saturday, 2nd July 2022 

Sunday, 3rd July 2022

Enjoy a half day tour behind one of our heritage steam locomotives on a short journey up the picturesque North Coast line from Maitland to Dungog. There is a choice of morning or afternoon trips.

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Southern Highlands
Picnic Train

Sydney–Goulburn (Return)

  • Departing: Central Station, Sydenham and Campbelltown


Sunday, 19 June 2022

Enjoy the experience of a full day trip behind steam power as locomotive 5917 works its way up the Southern Highlands and on to Goulburn. Lap up the country charm of Australia’s first inland city for a leisurely lunch before heading back to Sydney through the afternoon.

Travel behind steam  unassisted!

Blue Mountains Picnic Train

Katoomba to Lithgow and Wallerwang (return)

Saturday, 18 June 2022 - SOLD OUT


Travel behind steam locomotive 5917 as it runs a special return trip from Katoomba to Lithgow and Wallerawang. Travel in heritage 1930's carriages with opening windows while 5917 hauls the train unassisted through the blue mountains.

Kiama Picnic Train

Sydney–Kiama (Return)


Autumn & Winter 2022 dates now on sale!

Our signature rail tour is back for autumn and winter 2022.

The popular steam-hauled Kiama Picnic Train travels on the the South Coast line, heading through the beautiful Royal National Park along the way and on to the seaside town of Kiama.

Sydney to Dungog Picnic Train

Departing: Rhodes, Eastwood, Hornsby, Gosford (Return)


Day Tour from Sydney metropolitan area and Central Coast!

Saturday, 28 May 2022

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to travel ‘The Short North’ and the North Coast line on a steam day tour to Dungog and return.

Travel behind steam locomotive 5917 unassisted!