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The Coonawarra Railway Siding

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Published May 31st 2021
A popular site for photography
Built by John Riddoch in 1898, the Coonawarra Railway Siding played a significant role in enabling the export of premium fruits and wines to the world. The early settlement's vintages were made and transported around Australia and across to Europe as this new era began. Steam trains loaded with grapes and wine would roll along the tracks regularly, and as a result, Coonawarra flourished and prospered.



Today, although old and rusty, this unused rail line has become a recognisable historical landmark in the region. The siding is also a popular site for photography. You simply got to snap a photo of yourself on the platform when you're there. I did.

coonawarra railway siding


The Coonawarra Railway Siding is located just on the outskirts of town along Giles Road. Turn left from Memorial Drive as you head west. There are talks about the route potentially being converted into a bicycle track some time in the future, but for now, be sure to stop by the siding and take as many photos as you want.

coonawarra railway siding


Also nearby is Penola where you'll find Father Woods Park, Petticoat Lane and the Sharam Cottages. Naracoorte Caves National Park, our only world heritage site, is not far either, so do visit if you have some time to spare.
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Where: Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, SA
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