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Mary Valley Rattler

Gympie, Australia
Mary Valley Rattler

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Travel back in time to the golden era of train travel with a journey on the Mary Valley Heritage Railway. Experience the old world nostalgia as soon as you step into the historic Gympie Station, where you’ll learn about the history of steam locomotives before boarding the Mary Valley Rattler. Enjoy the countryside views as you head out to Amamoor, where the train is turned around for the journey back.
  • Go for a ride in a volunteer-restored 1950s steam train
  • Discover more about the Mary Valley Heritage Railway from the volunteer crew
  • Explore the fully restored Gympie Station with a cafe and gift shop
  • Purchase your own snacks and drinks for the train including wine & cheese
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Mary Valley Rattler train ticket
Food and drinks, unless specified
10 Tozer St , 10 Tozer St, Gympie QLD 4570, Australia

Departure Point is the Historic Gympie Station

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
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This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    What is the policy on sanitization during Mary Valley Rattler?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What is the social distancing policy during Mary Valley Rattler?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mary Valley Rattler?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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    Good time out
    , Sep 2021
    The volunteers on board were really great to talk to. Cafe at station was awesome. Great value and worth a try.
    Great days outing
    , Jul 2021
    Our party of3 had such an enjoyable time stopping at all stations. The volunteer staff were amazing and very informative. Every station had something unique, we all enjoyed the wine and cheese tasting, at Dagun, coming away with a few very scrumptious cheeses, and the string orchestra was also a lovely touch. The weather was perfect so we could enjoy the views of the countryside as the beautiful steam train meandered through the valley. I would certainly recommend it as a great family days outing.
    Exceptional Dsy
    , Feb 2021
    The views the staff were wonderful, a great day . The cafe staff were great & the food was excellent. Watching the engine turned around was great too.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Fun day out
    , Feb 2021
    Lots of volunteers and well organised. The trip to Amamoor was enjoyable but you soon learn why it is called the Rattler. Amazing how many of the locals wave from their balconies and back yards. Recommended.
    Journey from the past
    , Feb 2021
    A lovely journey through the beautiful Mary River valley. The staff are friendly and helpful. Before we left they made a number of announcements which we couldn’t hear because people waiting for the train wouldn’t stop talking which I found very rude. At the half way mark there is a stope with a cafe and general store. The cafe is currently not accepting cash so make sure you have a card. Personally I found the general store better
    Great day out
    , Nov 2020
    This was a great day out ! Lovely to go back in time Great staff all around from the cafe to the train
    A step back in time.
    , Nov 2020
    This was a wonderful step back in time. Beautiful presented train and carriages. The staff/volunteers were exceptional. Smiles everywhere.
    Mary Valley Rattler
    , Oct 2020
    Amazing experience Beautiful Train The Mary valley river is beautiful as are the views along the way awesome staff People come out of there house’s to wave to you as you go by very country The cafe is great value & great food Loved the experience
    Train trip
    , Oct 2020
    A great experience wanted to do the trip for the past four years very glad we did it will be coming back to do the other two trains the guide on the coach was very informative with details of the train and area
    Brilliant day out
    , Aug 2020
    Beautifully restored train station at Gympie with cafe and giftshop, wonderful steam train experience with enthusiastic crew. Seeing the locomotive turned on the turntable at Amamoor was special. Lovely scenery along the journey. A great half day out whether or not you're a steam train enthusiast.
    , Mar 2020
    Fantastic trip back in time, plus great entertainment, wine and cheese tasting. A truly memorable experience with exceptional work by the army of volunteers.
    Nice way to spend the afternoon with interstate guests.
    , Mar 2020
    We decided to upgrade our tix to 1st class initially we were hesitant due to pricing. The sales lady said we wouldnt be disappointed, we would each receive a cheeseplatter (local Kennilworth cheeses) & alcoholic beverage along with nicer seating. Initially we were disappointed due to the "rush" to get on board, as they were at capacity we were left to share a tiny circular table with 2 other passengers, not really ideal. Thankfully a group of 4 decided to unite & give us their table. We had to reshuffle chairs the staff didnt help. Upon departure we were given a small cheeseplatter to share & options for wine / beer. Disappointingly the wine wasn't local (Lindemans), but there was a local boutique beer option. We were disappointed with the cheesplatter size, because we didn't realise they also gave us another cheeseplatter on the return journey. Interestingly, other passengers had bought extra dips & bread with them, we assumed they were repeat customers. Think we would have prefferred only 1 platter (more substantial) for the journey. Overall it was a pleasant trip, nice way to spend an afternoon with interstate guests, glad we did it and glad we upgraded.
    Back to the good old days!
    , Jan 2019
    What an amazing trip! Not only was the scenery beautiful the volunteers were so helpful and accommodating made us feel welcome and it was awesome to ride on steam again something I haven't had the chance of doing since I was a kid.
    Mary valley rattler
    , Dec 2018
    lovely day. enjoyed it. only criticism I have is that at the Dagun stop there wasn't anything for children. e.g. Ice cream shop. perhaps markets and local produce to purchase.
    Leuke rit
    , Jan 2020
    Leuk ritje met de stoomlocomotief, er zit een gids bij die onderweg wat over de trein verteld en de omgeving waar doorheen gereden wordt. Na 2 uur stopt de trein op een stationnetje waar je 3 kwartier de tijd hebt om wat te eten en drinken. Op dat moment wordt ook de locomotief gedraaid om terug te keren wat erg leuk is om te zien.

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