Gympie is known as Queensland’s gold rush town. The precious metal was discovered in 1867, which kicked off one of the wildest rushes our state has ever seen!
Fast forward to present day and the sights of gold are sadly in the distance however, remnants of this exciting time still remain, and it comes in the form of a steam train!
The Mary Valley Rattler was built to transport supplies into town as locals struggled to cope with the booming population. Nowadays, passengers can jump on board the heritage locomotive to experience the ways of a bygone era.
The train departs from Old Gympie Station on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. From Gympie you’ll wind your way through the beautiful Mary Valley, stopping off a Amamoor and Dagun Stations before making your way back.
We love our viewers so we’re going to let you in on a couple of secrets:
1. Make sure you grab yourself a bite to eat at the Platform No. 1 café when you arrive back at Old Gympie Station. The food is delicious and it’s a great way to cap off your train trip! You
2. If you’re planning on extending your stay in the Gympie region, then get in contact with Amamoor Lodge. They offer a Ride and Relax package, which includes 2 return train tickets on board the Mary Valley Rattler, overnight accommodation, a two-course dinner AND breakfast on the verandah, overlooking the mountains.
If you’d like to discover more of what the Gympie region has to offer, then we recommend you visit the Destination Gympie Region website.