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Cockatoo Run - 24th May 2020 (CANCELLED)

24/05/2020 (9:00am - 7:00pm)

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East Coast Heritage Rail, by 3801 Limited
Central Station, Sydney
Haymarket NSW 2000
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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 timetable constraints


Please choose your seats carefully as changes cannot be made by train crew on the day of the tourIn the Sitting cars, seats are positioned in groups of four (2x2) with a small table in between. The exception to this is several seats in Car 1(MFS) that has 2 seats and a table facing a seat divider. These seats are 33 & 34,35 & 36 and 65 & 66.

The heavy blue line is a divider between the back of seats. Refer diagram above for full details.


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

Fare Types

Compartment (CAM502 car)

Private space suitable for up to 4 standard adults, with a complimentary morning tea (tea/coffee and scone) served to your door

Lounge (CAM502 or CPJ924 if on the train)

A shared social space with a complimentary morning tea (tea/coffee and scone) served to your seat

Sitting (SFN, SBN, FRN and MFS cars)

Sitting carriages with mostly four facing seats and a table

Fare Categories

  • Single Adult
  • Couple Adult - 2 adult tickets in booking for $10 each discount to apply
  • Seniors (Seniors card may be presentable on request at boarding)
  • Child (under 16) - SFN and MFS only.  Young children who do not occupy a seat (and travel  on their parent's lap) do not require a ticket.
  • Family - 2 adults and 2 children in the booking for discount to apply - $30 for Illawarra fares and $40 for Sydney fares


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 10 minutes before our scheduled departure time. As we share the railway with many other trains, we CANNOT and WILL NOT wait for late passengers. 


(Reservations Reccomended)

You may enjoy a light buffet service (tea/coffee/snacks) but due to mobile reception on the route we cannot run card machines and the buffet is therefore cash only


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

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
  • Moss Vale arrive 1:40pm

Moss Vale/Robertson to Central

  • Moss Vale depart 2:55pm
  • Robertson depart 3:45pm
  • 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 or contact us.

Terms & Conditions

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 timetable constraints, we cannot guarantee that we will stop in Moss Vale or at Summit Tank.  We will make further announcements closer to the date of travel.

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.

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