Looking for a fun stop close to Hobart with shopping and eating opportunities which will keep the kids entertained?
Consider visiting the Margate Train!
Below, you will find our full review of the Margate Train including information about its location, history and what exactly you will find.
Margate Train Location
The Margate Train Tasmania is located on the Channel Highway on the way into Margate, a town only 20 minutes south of Hobart and close to the beach suburb of Kingston. The train is located directly next to the highway on the left hand side as you come from Hobart.
There are signs letting you know it’s coming and you won’t be able to miss it.
There is a car park next to the train.
The train itself was known as Tasman Limited in its former life and was built in London in 1950. It used to serve as a passenger service between Hobart and Launceston making its final journey on 28 July 1978.
The train then ended up in Margate where it became home to a variety of businesses including retail and food outlets.
What You’ll Find…
The small site is home to the train itself including the front engine room which kids will love exploring, the carriages filled with shops, food outlets and services, the Margate Train Carpet Junction and a second hand warehouse. There is also a toilet and small playground perfect for preschoolers.
The businesses that call this train Margate home from the front of the train to the back are listed below. While there aren’t many businesses, they are a good range.
The first carriage is home to Sakura Elegance which has beauty services such as deluxe facials, eyelash extensions and waxing. You can also have a massage, be spray tanned or have your formal makeup applied.
Next up is the imaginatively named, Choo Chews, Margate Train’s own sweet shop.
After an empty carriage when we visited, there is A.M’s Emporium. This carriage has a huge range of items and is the one to head to if you need to buy any gifts or want a souvenir. There are toys, jewellery, sunglasses, placemats, mugs, clothing items and more.
This was my kids’ favourite carriage after the pancakes (coming soon).
Margate Train Barber
If you’re in the need for a haircut, Margate Train will deliver! It’s home to a barber shop.
The Pancake Train Cafe
The next couple of carriages are home to the Margate train pancakes. You won’t want to miss these!
You can sit onboard or in tables outside while you eat delicious pancakes with a range of toppings or breakfast dishes. We absolutely love the pancakes here. You can read our full review (and check out the pancakes!) here.
I recommend booking ahead if you want to eat onboard.
Henriette is home to clothing designed and made by Maike and hand-forged jewellery by Loretta.
Carpet Junction and Kebabs
By the car park, you will also find carpet shopping and kebabs.
Margate Train Traders
Finally, you can pick up a bargain at Margate Train Traders where you can find a variety of items and furniture.
Margate Train Review
We visited this train with our family of 5. It was lots of fun and very delicious thanks to the Pancake Train. We all enjoyed the novelty of shopping and eating in a train. The small playground and train engine room were extra fun.
While I wouldn’t drive hours out of your way to visit here, I found it easily worth the 20 minute drive especially if you are feeling hungry.
We will definitely be popping by again when we are in the area.