Important Notice

Due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by State and Federal Governments the Southern Downs Steam Railway has had to cancel all ‘Downs Explorer’ heritage rail tours in 2020.

We hope to commence operations in early 2021. Sorry for any inconvenience and we look forward to your future support.

The ‘Downs Explorer’ aims to provide a unique heritage railway experience on the Darling Downs and Granite Belt through the operation of our tourist railway. The ‘Downs Explorer’ is based at the site of Warwick’s former historic Locomotive Depot in Hamilton Street Warwick Queensland. Now called the Warwick Railway Precinct, it is the home of operations of our DH 45 and C17 locomotives and heritage carriage fleet.

The ‘Downs Explorer’ offers you a range of unique heritage rail experiences through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia. We offer regular tours from Warwick to Wallangarra, Clifton, Wheatvale, Hendon, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Tenterfield and Stanthorpe.

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Our Heritage Railway is a living Rail Museum. Explore our rich rail history here online or at our Rail Precinct Wednesdays or Thursdays each week.

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