Mary Valley Rattler announces extra school holiday services

Four additional dedicated family services will be added to the Mary Valley Rattler schedule over the Queensland school holiday period. And The Mary Valley Rattler’s very own super hero Steam Man will be there too!

The Mary Valley Rattler will operate extra diesel services on Mondays 27 September and 4th October, and steam train services on Friday 24 September and 1 October to provide a trip back in time for all the family as the trains make their leisurely way through picturesque Mary Valley.

Leaving Gympie Station at 10am, the trains will travel to Amamoor, crossing over bridges and through the lush landscape of the Mary Valley. Passengers disembark at Amamoor and get to see the steam engine being turned around on the historic turntable before returning to Gympie at 1pm. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are available at the station’s Rusty Rails Café, with a menu designed to please all of the family.

There will be a scavenger hunt available for the children to go in the draw to win a Steam Man prize pack. Steam Man will be on platform in the mornings. Children’s tickets for the ride are available for $35, adults $65 and a special family pass is available for $175 (2 adults, 2 children).

General Manager of the Mary Valley Rattler, Micheal Green, said that the trains were perfect for family groups, and the school holiday services would be geared specifically for families.

“The great thing about the Rattler trains is that they resonate so strongly with all ages,” said Mr Green.

“We will have plenty of interactive activities for children, including our very own Steam Man, and competitions to keep them involved throughout the journey.

Mary Valley Rattler with family

Triple Treat for the Mary Valley Rattler’s 3rd birthday on the 2nd October

To celebrate the third anniversary of the Mary Valley Rattler returning to the rails in 2018, there will be a special day with three trains departing within one hour of each other.

At 9am, the steam service will offer a premium birthday experience with morning tea and lunch included (adult cost from $125, children from $60).

At 9:30am another steam service will take off (Adult tickets from $65, children tickets from $35), followed at 10am by a special rail motor service. (Adult tickets from $55, children tickets from $30).

Bookings and further information: https://www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au or call the Mary Valley Rattler on 07 5482 2750. Bookings are essential.

children on Mary Valley Rattler


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Written by Angela Sutherland

After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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