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Mary Valley 'Rattler' Back on the Rails

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published January 4th 2019
Back on the rails so all aboard
Mary Valley Rattler
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One of Queensland's most beloved attractions, the Mary Valley Rattler, is again chugging its way through 46 km of the Sunshine Coast hinterland's most stunning countryside. Dotted with iconic country towns, the scenic Mary Valley is home to descendants of the original pioneers of the area as well as more recent developments such as the Slow Food movement. It is the ideal destination to experience the friendly laidback atmosphere of rural living at its best.

The Mary Valley Rattler is a historic rail experience operating a fleet of locomotives and carriages, each with their own unique story. The Mary Valley Rattler is also interesting historically as a train was once used to transport food and supplies to miners searching for gold on the banks of the Mary River.

Dagun Station
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The launch comes after years of extensive track upgrades and improvements to the fleet of historic steam and diesel locomotives and carriages.

Mary Valley Rattler
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Morning and afternoon services on the Mary Valley Rattler run three days per week on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for a return journey from the historic Gympie or Amamoor stations via Dagun.

Cheese tasting from the Kenilworth Dairies is available for passengers on the platform at Dagun Station where travellers can also purchase locally grown spray-free fruit and vegetables from the Dagun Growers Market collective on Saturday afternoons. You won't find any fresher.

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With stations in Gympie, Amamoor and Dagun, Mary Valley Rattler passengers can rediscover the magic of a bygone era with a rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland.

This is an important tourism boon for the region, with the tours previously attracting more than 33,000 guests a year. Come and see what all the fuss is about.

Click here for tickets and for all the great forthcoming events.

I'd also recommend a trip to Maryborough which is on the Mary River and has its own little iconic train for children as well as Mary Poppins related delights. Click here

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Why? An iconic rail trip in stunning countryside you could be in bygones past
When: Various dates see article
Phone: 07 5482 2750.
Where: Historic Gympie Station, Tozer Street, Gympie
Your Comment
Good one Nadine,my Mum and I have enjoyed that trip
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1913) 790 days ago
I believe this project divided the local Council and the constituents over the cost of the update. Seems expensive for families.
by May Cross (score: 3|7810) 788 days ago
Nadine, did you actually go on the Mary Valley Rattler?
by Elaine (score: 3|7912) 791 days ago
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