|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.|