The Brisbane Kids Guide To Trains, Trains, Trains!
Brisbane Kids love trains and Brisbane is a top location to nurture your little one’s interest in the locomotive. Brisbane and its surrounds are lucky to have some of the best train systems, parks and model workshops in Australia that will excite and entrance your Brisbane train enthusiast.
Here’s where you can fill up your little train enthusiast’s fuel tank in Brisbane –
Roma Street Parkland
Roma Street Parkland is a great spot for your little train fan! Stand above the train tracks at the observation deck for a great view of Roma Street Station and watch the trains pass through the tunnel as they come and go, or head into the parklands to find the Parkland Explorer train. This trackless train weaves through the parklands, giving a guided and informative tour of the grounds. The Parkland Explorer runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm for a gold coin donation.
The Workshops Rail Museum
Brisbane is blessed with various steam train experiences. One of our favourites is Sunday Steam Train Rides at the Ipswich Museum’s Workshops Rail Museum. Bookings are essential and leave from Roma Street at 10.15 am and 11.40 am.
The Southern Downs Steam Railway
Further afield there is the Southern Downs Steam Railway offering a unique heritage experience of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt. These rides are by reservation only. For more details, contact www.southerndownssteamrailway.com.au/tours
The Swanbank Steam Train
Ride the Swanbank Steam Train in Ipswich for a vintage experience. Dates and times vary, so check their website for details at www.qpsr.net
Miniature Steam Trains
Bracken Ridge Miniature Steam Train Rides
Bracken Ridge Miniature Steam Trains run on the 4th Sunday of each month. Trains run 9.30am – 2.30pm in McPherson Park, Denham Street, Bracken Ridge at a cost of $2 a ride. Bring along a picnic lunch, bring the family and make it a great family day out. www.brackenridge.qld.lions.org.au
Brisbane Bayside Steam Railway
The Brisbane Bayside Steam Railway Society hosts train rides on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 10am until 4pm. Located at Wynnum Junction Station on Wynnum Road, this steam train runs a mountain climb circuit with a spiral loop and bridge.
Bribie Island Miniature Steam Train
Bribie Island Miniature Steam Train rides passengers around their 500m Melsa Park track on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 10am until 2.30pm. www.ourbribie.com/events
QLD Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Inc.
The QLD Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Inc. have an impressive 2000 metres of track. Featuring 2 tunnels, a spiral decent and landscaped gardens, this is an amazing set up. This is a not-for-profit organisation and participation is by invite only in order to keep numbers down, however they are happy to take bookings. Call the bookings office for more information, or visit www.tracksandtrains.com/qsmee/index.htm
Brisbane Kids love the amazing playgrounds on offer in our beautiful city and here are 3 with superb train themed play equipment. These playgrounds are sure to nurture your child’s inner train driver and excite their imaginations –
Milton Railway Park in Milton
Ewing Park – Woodridge’s Train Playground
Scarborough Beach Park in Redcliffe
Public Transport – Trains, Airtrain and Monorails
Translink, the Airport to City Airtrain, newly completed Gold Coast Light Rail Tram and Oasis Broadbeach Monorail all offer a modern and exciting train experience using public transport.
Translink is the most extensive train system in Brisbane with express trains and a stop at every stop service. Choose when and where you get on and off and explore new locations through this transport network.
Children under 14yrs travel free on the Airtrain, which has stops at various locations from the Airport to Roma Street.
The G:link, otherwise known as the Gold Coast Light Rail Tram is an environmentally friendly mode of transport nearing completion on the Gold Coast. This Light Rail is a tram system travelling along the coast to link commuters with attractions and other transport systems. A new and exciting train system to excite your Brisbane Kids.