Do I need to buy tickets in advance?

We strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. A limited number of tickets are available at Gympie and Amamoor Stations.

Can I get on board at Dagun?

The boarding stations are Gympie and Amamoor only.

Can I break my journey?

Your ticket is valid for your return journey as stipulated on your ticket. The departure times you have purchased are the seats that have been allocated for you.

Can I bring my own food on board?

You are welcome to bring your own food on board. We do have a selection of takeaway and dine in options as well as snacks available at the historic Gympie Station.
During the summer months we suggest you bring water or purchase from Platform No.1 Cafe prior to your departure.
We would ask that you take your rubbish with you at the end of your journey.


There is parking at the historic Gympie Station on Tozer Street and some street parking is also available.

Can I take a high chair or pram on the train?

We do not have facilities to provide for or accommodate high chairs or prams as they will not fit through the doorways of the carriages and some exhibits are accessible only by stairs.

Can I warm my baby bottle?

There are no bottle warming facilities.


A limited number of toilets are available on-board, in a few of the Rattler’s carriages. Otherwise toilets can be found at the stations.

I'm travelling with a group but we all booked separately?

There is no assigned seating for the train, however if you are travelling with another party on a different booking, please note this in special requirements at time of booking (or give us a ring) to assist us in seating you together.

Wheelchair / Limited Mobility Access

Please note in your booking process if you have requirements that require assistance with on boarding.

Due to the heritage nature of our carriages, access and egress from the carriages requires the ability to climb stairs and safely negotiate the gap between the platform and the carriage. We are unable to provide manual assistance to board the carriages.

As a priority project in the ongoing restoration of the Mary Valley Rattler fleet we are currently renovating a carriage that will offer our passengers in wheelchairs a great experience on board the Mary Valley Rattler. This project is some months away due to matters outside of our control. Please stay tuned to our website or touch base with us at info@maryvalleyrattler.com.au and we will let you know when we commence taking bookings for this carriage.


We welcome visitors who use assistance dogs certified by a registered authority. Assistance dogs must be restrained by a harness or leash at all times. Please note that assistance dogs are the only animals allowed aboard.

Can I change my ticket or get a refund?

Tickets are non-refundable nor transferable.

Can I drive the train?

We are currently preparing a package for a unique experience where you will be able to have an immersive experience including driving the train (subject to terms and conditions) Stay tuned! We do offer guests the opportunity to get on the footplate for a photo with our drivers, passengers must be wearing closed in footwear. Experience is subject to availability and driver discretion.

Why is the fire engine following the steam train?

The fire engine following the steam train is to ensure we are meeting best practice safety requirements.

Can I ride on the section cars or on Gertie?

The only people who can ride on the section cars or Gertie are our fully qualified volunteers.