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The Cockatoo Run - Sunday 27th February 2022

27/02/2022 (8:30am - 7:00pm)

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East Coast Heritage Rail, by 3801 Limited
Central Station, Sydney
Eddy Avenue, Haymarket NSW, Australia
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East Coast Heritage Rail invites you to join us on the Cockatoo Run, hauled by heritage diesel locomotives and featuring our beautifully restored and maintained carriages. This heritage train operates a return tour from Sydney through to Robertson OR  Moss Vale* via Wollongong. 

The Cockatoo Run commences its journey in Sydney and travels along the spectacular Illawarra route to Wollongong. The journey from Sydney offers spectacular coastal scenery prior to the ascent of the Illawarra Escarpment.

The line climbs 600 metres through rainforests, past waterfalls, and the spectacular viaduct on the line. The train makes a stop at Summit Tank* to admire the view over Lake Illawarra out to the Tasman Sea.  The historic Southern Highland township of Robertson with its old town atmosphere and the rustic appeal is generally a great tourist stopover in which to spend some time and enjoy lunch (see below for details).

You have the choice of detraining here or alternatively continuing onto Moss Vale before we return to Central, again via the Illawarra.

* Subject to the direction of rail network controllers.



Your safety is our number one priority.  Our approach to managing Covid safely is to follow the NSW Public Health Orders.  We ask you to also observe the requirements and welcome you to take measures that you feel neccessary to safegaurd yourself.

We will provide more information about the specific requirements for this trip closer to the date.


Fares are available ex Sydney (departing Sydney, Sutherland and Hurstville) or ex Illawarra (departing Thirroul, Wollongong or Unanderra)


  • CAM502 - Mixed lounge and compartment car
  • SBN2195 - 2x2 individual seating in a first-class carriage
  • SFN2182 - 2x2 bench seating in a premium economy class carriage
  • MFS2096 - 2x2 bench seating in an economy class carriage
  • MBR2078 - 2x2 bench seating, with a buffet in the same carriage (economy class)

Fare Types

  • Private berth (CAM502), a private space suitable for up to 3 standard adults, perfect for two people
  • Lounge (CAM502), a shared social space with seats facing into the aisle, suitable for a large group
  • First Sitting (SBN2195), spacious sitting carriage with four facing seats and a table
  • Premium Economy Sitting (SFN2182), sitting carriages with four facing seats and a table in original heritage configuration
  • Economy Sitting (MBR2078 and MFS2096), sitting carriages with mostly four facing seats and a table

Fare Categories

  • Adult
  • Seniors (Seniors card may be presentable on request at boarding)
  • Child (under 16) - MBR and MFS only. Young children who do not occupy a seat (and travel on their parent's lap) do not require a ticket, however you must call us to ensure their name is recorded on the adult ticket.


The Cockatoo Run usually departs from Platform 1 at Sydney Central Station and picks up as shown on our timetable. Please check departure indicators at your joining station in case of platform changes.

If you are using a Sydney Trains or NSW TrainLink service to connect with our train by visiting or by calling 131 500 to plan your connecting journey to Central. Remember our tickets DO NOT entitle you to travel on Sydney Trains or NSW TrainLink services. Seating on the Cockatoo Run is allocated. As a courtesy to passengers joining the train at other stations, you are requested to occupy only the seats allocated to your booking unless otherwise advised by your passenger attendant.

Please ensure you arrive at your boarding station at least 15 minutes before our scheduled departure time. As we share the railway with many other trains, we CANNOT and WILL NOT wait for late passengers. 



A light buffet service providing snacks, drinks and alcohol will be available.  

Credit card payment will be the preferred method of payment, however some areas of track do not have mobile reception so delays to taking payment may occur.  Please bring cash in small denominations to help our buffet team.

You are of course welcome to bring your own food on the train.

The train is a licensed venue and so no BYO will be allowed on the train.




Please make your own reservation as the venues are capacity constrained due to the NSW Governement public health orders.  Avoid dissapointment and book early.


Central to Robertson/Moss Vale

  • Central Station depart 9:06am
  • Hurstville 9:29am
  • Sutherland 9:46am
  • Thirroul 10:36am
  • Wollongong 10:53am
  • Unanderra 11:06am
  • Robertson arrive 12:31pm (approximately 3 hours in town)
  • Moss Vale arrive 1:40pm (less than 1 hour in town)

Moss Vale/Robertson to Central

On the day, please follow instruction from your passenger attendant for precise departure timings at Robertson and Moss Vale for the return journey.

Timetabled arrival times for the return journey below:

  • Unanderra 5:01pm
  • Wollongong 5:10pm
  • Thirroul 5:22pm
  • Sutherland 6:12pm
  • Hurstville 6:25pm
  • Central arrive 6:50pm



Prior to booking tickets please contact East Coast Heritage Rail at  if there are passengers with disabilities in your group to discuss options. 

Please be aware that the carriages on the Cockatoo Run are heritage cars and have narrow doors, aisles and walkways and are not equipped with wheel chair spaces. Because of space constraints it is impossible for Wheel chairs to be manoeuvred to seats from the entrance vestibule. It is necessary for passengers to be able to make their way to seats. Walking frames must be able to be folded as there is limited storage space and may not be stored in aisles or doorways. 

Strollers and prams must be of the foldable type and fit in the luggage rack above passenger seats. 


For more information visit us online at or contact us.

Terms & Conditions

When booking your ticket, you must affirm that you will withdraw yourself and your immediate contacts from the tour before the tour date if you are unwell.  A full refund will be provided to any pasenger who withdraws due to coronavrius precautions.

Whilst you are able to select your seat, for operational reasons we cannot guarantee that this seat will be facing forward for the duration of the trip.  We also cannot determine whether a particular seat will have particular views.  

We reserve the right to change your seat allocation (within the same fare type) for operational reasons.  We will endeavour to contact you if these changes are deemed significant. 

For operational reasons, we cannot guarantee particular locomotives or carriages will be used on this trip, substitutes may be required.

Due to timetables on the day, we cannot guarantee that we will stop in Moss Vale or at Summit Tank. 

We welcome bookings for disabled passengers, however our carriages are heritage carriages and therefore we cannot accept bookings for some disabilities.  Please contact us to discuss your situation before booking.

Companion Card accepted.  Card number must be provided at time of booking by phoning 123tix on (02) 6881 8632.

We reserve the right to cancel this train if sufficient bookings are not received to cover costs.

Tickets are non refundable, except at the discrection of ECHR.  If tickets are refunded they will be refunded less any payment fees required to effect the refund.


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