Best Train Rides in Sydney for Kids and Families

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Choo-choo! Who doesn’t love a good train ride? It’s spacious, requires minimal concentration and keeps the kids gawking out the window leaving you to relax! Almost every little kid begins to obsess over trains at some point and looking at museum relics doesn’t always cut it. We’ve picked out some short, scenic train rides that’ll take you somewhere enjoyable for you and your kid.

Sydney - Blue Mountains

Duration: 2 hours
The Sydney - Blue Mountains Train trip is one that you can do comfortably within a day. Trains heading to the Blue Mountains depart almost hourly from Central Station for Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Lithgow. There are so many things to do there once you arrive from the sprawling expanse of trees to the thrilling rides at Scenic World, but there are some hidden gems that you may not know about! Find out what else you can do on a Family Day Out in the Blue Mountains.

Sydney - Kangaroo Valley

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes
A valley of bursting beauty that will awe anyone! Take a relaxing train ride from Central to Bomaderry (Nowra) and take a 30-minute bus ride to Kangaroo Valley. It’ll be a memorable train ride, with the chance to see the magnificent South Coast. Kangaroo Valley has traditional country fun written all over its sprawling hills and knuckled hills, so we’ve written up all the amazing things you can do on a Family Day Out in Kangaroo Valley

Sydney - Hawkesbury

Duration: 30 minutes
To get to the Hawkesbury region, trains operate on both the Northern Line to Pennant Hills Station and Western Line to Parramatta Station where connecting bus services will bring you to the Sydney Hills district. It’s a very relaxing and short train ride, perfect for restless kids. Once you’ve arrived several exciting kid activities are within easy reach! Dural Putt Putt in the Gardens is a lovely mini golf arena with fun challenges, but this is just the tip of the iceberg - there are loads of kids activities in the Hawkesbury to explore.

Sydney - Wollongong

Duration: 2 hours
Wollongong is located on Sydney Train’s South Coast Line. It is an easy ride with regular daily train service and you can catch it from most stations. Find the Best Things To Do In Wollongong With Kids for a fun day out or a weekend away. We love the Early Start Discovery Space at The University of Wollongong, which is packed with fun activities for kids of all ages and their grown-ups. Check out the ellaslist Early Start Discovery Space Review.

Sydney - Moss Vale

Duration: 2 hours
A trip to Moss Vale requires two fun train rides - the first from Central to Campbelltown and then from there to Moss Vale. The second train takes you through a scenic path through several towns. You could also take a day trip on The Cockatoo Run - a restored heritage train that operates from Sydney on select Thursdays and Sundays. The journey 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. The train makes a stop at Summit Tank to admire the view over Lake Illawarra out to the Tasman Sea. The train is hauled by one a Heritage Diesel Locomotive and consists of fully restored 1930s and 1940s built carriages complete with its original open air windows, and a buffet car offers light refreshments and souvenirs.

Sydney - Gosford

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
The Sydney to Gosford train ride is a lovely way to travel to the Central Coast, with glimpses of the stunning landscape. Glimmering beaches, tidal pools and parks ensure there’s no shortage of outdoor excitement in Gosford. You can get off the train at Woy Woy station just before Gosford so the kids can try Pelican Feeding at the Waterfront - it’s a tradition up there! There’s also the fantastic Australian Reptile Park that offers a hands-on experience that’ll please all kids. Central Coast Taxis can take you there from the station. Find out more Things to do with Kids in the Central Coast.

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Feb 19 2016

great article, many thanks


Feb 19 2016

My baby loves so much trains. Especially Thomas the tank. Because we live near the train station.