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14 Apr

The Cockatoo Run - Sunday 14th April 2024

14/04/2024 (8:30am - 7:30pm)

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Seat Prices


Adult (ex Sydney)
$95.00 + $1*
Adult (ex Illawarra)
$85.00 + $1*
Senior (ex Sydney)
$85.00 + $1*
Senior (ex Illawarra)
$75.00 + $1*
$55.00 + $1*

Premium Economy

Adult (ex Sydney)
$105.00 + $1*
Adult (ex Illawarra)
$95.00 + $1*
Senior (ex Sydney)
$95.00 + $1*
Senior (ex Illawarra)
$85.00 + $1*

First Sitting

$125.00 + $1*
$115.00 + $1*


$150.00 + $1*

Private Berth

Private Berth
$300.00 + $1*

Group Compartment

Group Compartment
$650.00 + $1*

*123 Tix Booking Fee

** Plus 1.47% Credit Card payment fee - calculated at checkout

East Coast Heritage Rail, by 3801 Limited
Central Station, Sydney
Eddy Avenue, Haymarket NSW, Australia
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Event Information

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 and 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 amazing coastal scenery prior to the ascent of the Illawarra Escarpment.

The line climbs 600 metres through rainforests, past waterfalls, and over impressive viaducts. The continuous climb eases as the train passes Summit Tank and the scenery changes atop the Illawarra Range, as the Hawkesbury Sandstone fades and earthy red soil signals entry into the beautiful Southern Highlands.

* - Moss Vale option available on selected journeys



Fares are available ex Sydney (departing Sydney, Sutherland and Hurstville) or ex Illawarra (departing Thirroul, Wollongong or Unanderra). Illawarra discounts are only applicable to some fare types.

Fare Types:

  • Compare the different seating options for each carriage on our Seating Page
  • Economy: sitting carriages with mostly four facing seats and a table
  • Premium Economy: sitting carriages with booths containing four facing seats and a table
  • First Sitting: spacious sitting carriage with four facing individual seats and a table
  • Lounge: a shared social space with lounge seats facing into the aisle, suitable for a large group
  • Private Berth: a private space suitable for up to 3 standard adults, perfect for two people
  • Group Compartment: a large compartment for up to 8 people to enjoy a private group atmosphere, spacious for 6

Carriages: (Note: not all carriages will be on every train)

  • MBR2078, MFS2096 and MFS2145 - Economy
  • SFN2182  - Premium Economy
  • SBN2195 and FRN2186 - First Sitting
  • XFS2015 - Group Compartments
  • CAM502 - Lounge and Private Berths

Fare Categories:

  • Adult
  • Senior (Seniors card may be presentable on request at boarding)
  • Child (under 16) - Economy Fares only. Infants 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.
  • Group bookings welcome (minimum 20 passengers).  Discounts available in Premium Economy and Economy Classes.



Our trains usually depart from Platform 1 at Sydney Central Station and pick 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, visit or call 131 500 to plan your journey. Our tickets DO NOT include travel on Sydney Trains or NSW TrainLink services. Seating on our trains is allocated - as a courtesy to passengers joining the train at other stations, please occupy only the seats allocated on your booking unless 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 lines with many other trains, we cannot wait for late passengers. 



There is a licensed buffet service available on the train, serving hot and cold light refreshments including tea/coffee, soft drinks, scones and cream, and a selection of cakes and confectionary. Please note, our train is a licensed venue, so there is strictly NO BYO permitted.

We ask that you please bring gold coins and cash in small denominations for all onboard purchases to help our buffet team, as EFTPOS facilities are very intermittent on most trips due to limited reception. You are also welcome to bring your own food on the train!

A wide slection of high quality souvenirs is also available on our trains.



The Village of Robertson things to do website



The Village of Robertson Where to Eat website

We recommend that passengers make their own lunch reservations in advance, as the venues are capacity constrained. Book early to avoid disappointment!



Central to Robertson

  • 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)

Robertson to Central

On the day, please follow instruction from your Passenger Attendant for precise departure timings at Robertson and/or Moss Vale for the return journey. Timetabled arrival times for the return journey:

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



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

If there are passengers with disabilities in your group, please contact us at to discuss options prior to booking tickets and we will assist however we can.

Please be mindful that our heritage carriages have narrow doors, aisles and walkways, and are not equipped with wheelchair spaces. Due to the carriage layouts it is unfortunately not possible for wheelchairs to be manoeuvred to seats from the entrance vestibules, so it is necessary for passengers to be able to make their way to their seats.

Walking frames must be able to be stowed, as there is limited storage space and items may not be stored in aisles or doorways in case of evacuation.

For more information please visit us online at or contact us.

Terms & Conditions

When booking your ticket, you must confirm 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 passenger who withdraws due to coronavirus precautions.

Whilst you are able to select your seat, for operational reasons we unfortunately can't guarantee whether any individual seat will be facing forward for the duration of the trip, or whether a given seat will have particular views.  

We reserve the right to change seat allocations if required for operational reasons (within the same fare type), and will endeavour to contact you if these changes are significant. 

For operational reasons we cannot guarantee that particular locomotives or carriages will be used on this trip, and substitutes may be required on occasion. ECHR reserves the right to make changes to motive power and consists without notice.

We welcome bookings for disabled passengers, and ask that you please contact us to discuss your needs before booking. Due to the limitations of our heritage carriages we unfortunately cannot accept bookings for some disabilities, but we will make every effort to accomodate you where we can.

Companion Cards accepted - card number must be provided at time of booking by phoning 123Tix on (02) 6881 8632.

ECHR reserves the right to cancel any of its services where sufficient bookings are not received to cover operating costs.

Tickets are non refundable. However a credit for a future tour may be granted at the discretion of ECHR.


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Refund policy

Please refer to organisers Terms & Conditions for refund policy

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