Explore, taste and experience the great flavours of the region at the heritage stations of Amamoor, Dagun and Gympie and on board the Rattler steam train as you wind your way through the stunning Mary Valley.

With a toot and a whistle you’re away as local Chefs Matt Golinski, Mark Johnson and James Barnden create your 5-course degustation journey served at the heritage stations and on board the Rattler steam train as you wind through the stunning Mary Valley.
Local produce will be the hero for each course, complimented with a matched beverage and entertainment.

From start to finish on board the return journey from Amamoor to Gympie, the story of food, wine and local produce will be proudly on show.
Each carriage that carries you on your culinary journey has its own unique character. Local volunteers will be on board to serve and share stories of the region, its produce and the Mary Valley Rattler line.
Return transfers to Amamoor are available at an additional cost from Mooloolaba and Maroochydore with Active Tours and Transfers. This event is degustation with a difference!
Courses will be served standing up at the stations and on board.

Amamoor to Gympie, back to Amamoor.

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Meet the Chefs!


Matt Golinski

Matt Golinski is a highly regarded, professional chef with a passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Well known as one of the original team members of the popular ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants, and founded his own catering company. 

Matt shares his love of cooking and helping others through his role as Food Ambassador for the Gympie (QLD) region.

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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an industry professional who has an original approach to local seasonal produce. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Mark has created menus in many award-winning restaurants across Australia focussing on local, fresh seasonal produce. Head chef at the Platform No 1 Café at historic Gympie Station, Mark brings his knowledge of great cuisine and team building skills along with a great sense of humour. The café entertains parties and functions on the platform in a unique setting with Mark’s original take on the Gympie region’s diverse produce.


James Barnden

James Barnden is a talented chef from Gympie who strives to use the freshest local produce that is available to him.

He hails from humble beginnings working the line throughout Gympie and has now taken over the lease of the kitchen of Charlies Hotel, where he works closely with local farmers creating his menu around what is in season.


Sista Lee


Known for their beautiful nature, harmonies and uniqueness, these young musicians play ukulele, acoustic and bass guitar.

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DooWop Dolls

The Doo Wop Guys & Dolls, perform 40’s, 50’s and 60’s music and dance. They’re beautiful harmonies bring this era of music to life with theatre, costume, glamour, dance and song.

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Cooloola Community Orchestra

The Cooloola Community Orchestra is a group that rehearses locally, and performs at events in the region.



DeguSTATION Accommodation Packages
Amamoor Lodge – a night & curated breakfast for travelers on the Mary Valley DeguSTATION Train. Continue your food journey! Click here to book your stay.

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Why not stay another day and experience another Destination Series event? Check out the Cooloola Berries – Berry Funday! Click here for more information.

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Looking for more to do? Check out the Visit Sunshine Coast website below to find new treasures to explore in the Gympie Region.