Great Day Trip for Kids at Gympie’s Mary Valley Railway
The Mary Valley Heritage Railway (MVHR) at Gympie offers something for the whole family, come on a day designed for kids and enjoy it with them even more!
We offer theme trains for children which include Teddy Bears Picnic trains, Christmas in July, Pirates Treasure Hunt, Children’s Halloween and much more!
We start from Gympie Station where there is plenty of parking, rest rooms and a café situated within the restored historic QR Refreshment Rooms on the platform. Our fresh hot coffee is popular among the parents and there are cold drinks for the kids. From here, you board the train for a leisurely cruise along the old Mary Valley railway line, an old QR branch line that once transported thousands of pineapples from the countryside to the city for processing.
This historic 40 km train journey leaves Gympie Station, crossing the breathtaking Mary River then negotiating many curves, gentle hills and bridges to pass through the small country townships of Dagun, Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil.
Absorb the atmosphere of the early 20th century as we stop at some stations where the locals have fully restored and beautifullylandscaped QR’s old historic stations. At Amamoor and Dagun Stations there is wine and cheese tasting along with local produce, arts and crafts on certain days. (varies depending upon the train service you select).
We understand travelling with children has its challenges for parents. Some of our carriages have onboard rest rooms and the stations we stop at also have rest rooms. The Red Rocket historic Rail Motor is popular with parents as there are few doors, just two carriages and the children experience a unique railway experience in around 2 hours . There is always at least one MHVR person per carriage and this quick trip is great for those on a time frame and for small play groups.
The Rattler steam train runs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Wednesdays and Sundays are full day trips, travelling the entire length of the line and back again (80km round trip). Saturdays are just as popular as we travel half the line and then return. (Once in the morning, and again in the afternoon). So we offer something for everyone! NOTE as of the 5th july 2013- the rattler is not running- though the passenger train is- and old red loco engine. twice a week.
The locals are most welcoming, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous, the atmosphere created by the locomotive and historic carriages makes this a day trip that the children will talk about for a long time!
See this page for our special events (including theme trains for children) http://www.thevalleyrattler.com/upcoming-events.htm
See this page for our regular timetable http://www.thevalleyrattler.com/fares-resevations.htm