Train Journeys

All aboard the Mary Valley Rattler!

There’s no better way to explore the Mary Valley than aboard the Mary Valley Rattler. Our unique heritage steam train has been lovingly restored and will transport you on a trip back through time as the Rattler steams through the scenic Mary Valley hinterland. Find yourself rocking, rolling, and leaning into an abundance of gentle curves, as the iconic steam train travels through the picturesque small town of Dagun on the journey to the historical town of Amamoor. This is a train trip you would have never experienced before!

Passengers can design their own memorable experience on the Mary Valley Rattler. Choose your train journey from our fleet of heritage steam and diesel trains, on the Classic Rattler Run, All Stations Run, Tasting Train or Ride with the Driver. Then, continue your romance of the railway, upgrading your ride with an experience package designed to suit the whole family – even your fur-friends are welcome to enjoy a magical day with  us.

Classic Rattler Run All Stations Run Tasting train Ride with the driver

The Classic Rattler Run

Our Classic Rattler Run takes passengers on an exciting adventure on our C17 steam train from Gympie Station through the scenic Mary Valley and remarkable small town of Dagun, before arriving at the Amamoor Heritage Station.

Have a chat with the train drivers and the volunteer tour guides before you board the train. Then wait for the whistle and sit back and relax as you begin your nostalgic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland.

At the quaint community of Amamoor, a delightful historic town, you can watch the fascinating process of the turning of the engine on the turntable and explore the local stores before returning to Gympie Historic Station.

If you’re staying nearby and looking for things to do on the Sunshine Coast or experiences near Hervey Bay, then come along and take a tour of the Mary Valley aboard the historic Rattler! View our schedule and timetable here or book now.

Upgrade your classic ride

There are many ways to experience the Classic Rattler Run! Our passengers have the option to simply hop on board our standard carriage or upgrade to one of our other unique experience packages including the VIP Club Car, Ride & Dine, Pets on Board or the Lightup & Workshop Tour.

VIP Club Car

The ultimate VIP experience for those looking to enjoy the best of the Mary Valley Rattler. Upgrade to the VIP Club Car to ride the twists and turns of the hinterland in style.

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Ride & Dine

Good food, great views and great carriage option for families. You’ll need fuel and energy on your big day out exploring the region. Let us treat you to the delicious local produce that we’re proud of in our Ride & Dine carriage.

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Pets on board

We know that your four-legged furry friends are a big part of your family, which is why we want your pup to come along for the ride! Our special pet carriage is configured for comfort and is available via upgrade.

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Light up at sunrise

First Saturday of the month

The Mary Valley Rattler invites you to get the day underway at the sunrise steam locomotive light-up with our drivers, and a tour of our workshop afterwards in the Rusty Rails Café.

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All Stations Train

Discover the magic of the Mary Valley aboard the historic Rattler steam train! Our All Stations Run allows passengers to explore more of the region, stopping at both the Heritage Dagun Station and the Amamoor Station. Witness the luscious green rolling hills soar by as this iconic steam train twists, turns and rockets through the valley.

To get the full experience, make sure you arrive early to meet our drivers before you hop aboard and make your way to Amamoor. When you depart, you will head to the quaint community of Amamoor, a delightful historical town, where you can watch the fascinating process of the turning of the engine on the turntable. The Rattler also makes a stop at the Heritage Dagun Station where a delightful cheese and wine tasting session is available for those feeling peckish.

The All Stations Run is the best option for those looking for weekend activities near the Sunshine Coast or Hervey Bay. View our schedule and timetable here or book now.

Upgrade your All Stations ride

We have a variety of carriage options to suit your needs. Enjoy our standard hop on/hop off carriage or upgrade one of our amazing carriage experiences including our VIP Club Car, our Ride & Dine Carriage, or bring your pets onboard our Pets Carriage.

VIP Club Car

The ultimate VIP experience for those looking to enjoy the best of the Mary Valley Rattler. Upgrade to the VIP Club Car to ride the twists and turns of the hinterland in style.

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Ride & Dine

Good food, great views and great carriage option for families. You’ll need fuel and energy on your big day out exploring the region. Let us treat you to the delicious local produce that we’re proud of in our Ride & Dine carriage.

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Pets on board

We know that your four-legged furry friends are a big part of your family, which is why we want your pup to come along for the ride! Our special pet carriage is configured for comfort and is available via upgrade.

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Rattler Tasting Train

Food lovers looking for things to do on the Sunshine Coast and in Hervey Bay should look a little further into the wonderful Mary Valley region and experience the region in all its glory, as it boasts wonderful produce and producers!

The Mary Valley Rattler Tasting train is a fun experience for the whole family! Hop on board the Heritage Railmotor RM76 – which traditionally ran the Brooloo line to Gympie providing a daily link to the town for shopping, the transportation of goods, and a means for children to get to school.

Celebrate all that our region has to offer with an on-board Tasting Plate featuring delicious local fare and learn about the food bowl that is the Mary Valley as you travel thorough the small township of Dagun and witness the turning of the train on the Amamoor Station turntable. Return for lunch at the Historic Gympie Station featuring a local seasonal menu and a beverage of your choice. This most delicious experience will be one you savour for a long time and is not to be missed!

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Footplate Friends Experience

Ride with the driver

Calling all train enthusiasts, history buffs and thrill seekers – enjoy some time in the world of a Mary Valley Rattler train driver! Upgrade to our Footplate Friends Experience and ride with the drivers through the scenic Mary Valley. This is a once in a lifetime experience that can’t be missed!

Enjoy one of the most unique Mary Valley activities on offer and become part of the train crew for the day and experience a historic steam experience in the best seat! Start your journey by joining the train crew for their morning briefing before the Rattler departs on its tour. Sit back and enjoy the views accompanied by morning tea and lunch with the crew, as well as a return trip with the steam train footplate cab ride.

You will even walk away with your very own Mary Valley Rattler high vis vest, cap, and pin. Plus, make your mark in history – all guests will be included in the Footplate Friends Gallery! Don’t miss out on this incredible experience!

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