If you have any interest whatsoever in trains a visit to the National Railway Museum (separate review) in Port Adelaide is an absolute must do. In addition to operating a 457mm gauge railway through the grounds of the museum, the museum also operates this 457mm gauge railway, here in Semaphore.

Steam locomotive No.6 ‘Bill’ hauls it carriages of passengers for a distance of 2kms from Semaphore Jetty along the esplanade to Fort Granville (rarely open).


Lest you be worrying, Bill will bring you back to the jetty too. That is, he will unless you want to walk back. Whether you walk back as part of the train ride or do a separate walk along the esplanade it is something I strongly recommend given the lovely beach and dunes along the way not to mention a selection of rather attractive period houses. You can, off course, see these things from the train but you can’t get off for a closer look.

Prior to your ride, or on returning to the station don’t miss out on watching the engine being unhooked from the carriages before being manually turned around and re-attached to head off again in the right direction.


The railway operates, roughly hourly on the hour, on every Sunday and Public Holiday from October to April (inclusive) and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the School Holidays in September, January, and April. Also daily from the 26th to 31st December inclusive. Operating hours 11am-4pm.

Go on, the kids will love it and so will your husband. Naturally you can’t let the kids ride alone !

22Price (return trip which takes around 40 minutes)

Adult $8
Child $5 (3 years to 15 years)
Family $20 (2 Adults with 2 Children)

Be aware that the price above does not include admission to the museum in Port Adelaide and also that the Railway does not operate if the forecast temperature for Adelaide is 35 degrees centigrade or above (a regular occurrence in summer).

The train ride at the museum in Port Adelaide is included in the ticket price but you don’t get a beach view.

Address: Semaphore Foreshore
Directions: At the end of Semaphore Road (the towns main street) – by the Jetty

For my next SEMAPHORE review click HERE.
To start reading at the beginning of my SEMAPHORE reviews click HERE.


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