Illawarra Scenic Mountain Railway - Cockatoo Run Tours
The Cockatoo Run offers the scenic delights of the South Coast and Southern Highlands in one package. Your train whistles out of Sydney at 9am taking you across the expanse of the Georges River and through the Royal National Park (the second declared National Park in the world). Emerging from the gloom of the Otford Tunnel your train crosses the impressive Stanwell Park Viaduct and skirts the sea cliffs and beaches to Wollongong.
After leaving Wollongong on the second Sunday of the month, the train starts its steep ascent of the Illawarra Escarpment through coastal rainforest to Summit Tank - a climb of 600 metres in only 16 kilometres. At Summit Tank there is a pause where you will be rewarded with panoramic views over Lake Illawarra and the South Coast to Kiama.
Cockatoo Run Tour
Departs from Sydney Central and picks up at Hurstville, Sutherland, Thirroul, Wollongong and Unanderra and travels up through the Illawarra Escarpment to Robertson, Moss Vale every second Sunday of every month and to Kiama every third Sunday of every month .
At Robertson, you have three options to choose from on the day by either having lunch at Robertson Hotel or Bowling Club (it is suggested you pre-book) and or stay on the train through to Moss Vale.
At Kiama, you will find many small cafes and restaurants. The Kiama Seaside markets are held in beautiful Hindmarsh Park, right in the centre of town and features many local South Coast art, crafts and collectables.