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Cullinan, the Diamond Gem of Gauteng

The main street in Cullinan.

Cullinan diamonds, a steam train from Pretoria, various antique shops and historical buildings. Cullinan has it all.

Cullinan, also referred to as the "gem" of the Gauteng province, is a small town about 30 kilometres east of Pretoria named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, a well-known diamond magnate.  It was also here in Cullinan where the famous Cullinan diamond, the largest ever rough-gem diamond, was found  at 3,106,75 carat with 621.35 g and worth about $400 million. If you are interested in Cullinan's diamond history, you can also visit its big diamond hole which apparently is four times bigger than the one in Kimberley.  

An antique shop close to the railway station.
Various Edwardian period buildings in the renowned Oak Avenue with its Oak trees,  picket fences, small porches and gardens as well as interesting restaurants and coffee shops provide for a  fascinating experience.  The Premier Mine (now known as the Cullinan mine), is also still the third largest diamond producer in South Africa for which tours can be booked.

The old-time railway station, station restaurant and antique shops  add some further uniqueness to the town. The famous steam train from Pretoria is a well-known occurrence in Cullinan and these popular trips are usually fully booked.

Cullinan's friendly people, interesting history and old-fashioned feel and look make this town a trip not to be missed.

The arrival of the steam train from Pretoria is a well-known occurrence in Cullinan.

Go for lunch at the Station Restaurant and experience your food served in a spade.

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