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Published October 21st 2021
Travel back in history
Rusty Rails Cafe is located in the heritage-listed Gympie Station. It is a charming cafe with great character offering Australian cuisine, friendly staff and efficient service. The atmosphere is fantastic, with seating options inside the hall and outside on the decks of the railway station. The place is perfectly suitable for a break when travelling, for meeting friends or to do something different with your family.
The old station hall has been converted into a coffee shop which has retained the original atmosphere of the old station refreshment room. The Rusty Rails Cafe is child-friendly, family-friendly and great for groups. It offers reservations, has outdoor and indoor seating, is licensed, accepts credit cards and is a non smoking restaurant. There is an ample carpark in front of the station.
The old station also has a small museum and a gift shop.
Rusty Rails Cafe menu.
Breakfast is available from 8 am to 11:30 am and it is reasonably priced, as well as lunch which is available from 12 pm until 2 pm.
Breakfast includes sourdough or fruit toast served with butter and conserves for $7; Station Made Muesli served with Greek yogurt and seasonal fruit for $10; or Egg Benny, with sourdough, baby spinach, maple bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce $16.
Start the day right with a delicious date scone. The cafe is open daily from 8.00am to 3.00pm. Photo from www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=340466034538085&set=pb.100057240738161.-2207520000..
Lunch includes salad of the day for $14; Nourish Bowl with warm quinoa, topped with roasted vegetables, spiced chickpeas, crunchy kale and drizzled with peanut satay sauce and toasted buckwheat; Rattler Burger has beef patties with house-made relish, mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomato and beetroot; or Hand Crumbed Fish and Chips served with salad and house-made tartar sauce for $17. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan food is also available.
There are many types of milk, like soy, almond, lactose-free, macadamia, oat and coconut. There is also a list of beers, ciders, premix and wines.
I found the Rusty Rails Cafe with my family when travelling back to Brisbane from Cape Hillsborough National Park. . It was a short detour from the Bruce Hwy to reach the Rusty Rails Cafe, located in the historical Gympie Railway Station.
We were very impressed by the old railway station, the railway line, the coffee shop and the steam train. From outside the coffee shop, we could hear piano music to discover inside there was a real piano and a piano player. The atmosphere of the place had so much nostalgia and charm!
We ordered refreshments including coffee and scones, pies and milkshakes. Everything was delicious and fresh, well worth the stop in the outstanding cafe. We sat inside and choose a table near the window and not far from the piano player whose favourite tune was 'Waltzing Matilda'. The ambience was fantastic and very relaxing.
When we finished our refreshments, we decided to give a better look at the station and we learnt the Mary Valley Rattler Train would be coming into the station. It was very exciting to see a steam train. We visited the small museum and the gift shop.
The Rusty Rails Café uses local products. One, in particular, is CC's Kitchen and Petersen's Farm in Woolooga (45km West of Gympie). They specialise in homemade preserves such as jams, pickles, chutneys, chilli sauces, vinegars and all things rosella. No preservatives, artificial colours or flavours. You can also purchase them in the gift shop and taste them on Mary Valley Rattler Rail experiences or at home.
Local products, CC's Kitchen and Petersen's Farm in Woolooga (45km West of Gympie). Photo from www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=341942351057120&set=pb.100057240738161.-2207520000..
Ugly Duck Fine Foods creates hand-crafted, small-batch preserves from bumper crops and surplus produce. It's all taste - no waste. Ugly Duck is a boutique food business creating delicious preserves.
Ugly Duck works in small batches with seasonal produce that they collect personally from their supporting farmers, gardeners and businesses. The outstanding feature of their hand-crafted preserves is the produce they use, whenever they head into the kitchen, the seasons' surplus produce determines their recipes.
They also rescue fresh fruit and vegetables that were rejected by the large supermarket chains because of their non-standard size, shape or colour. To Ugly Duck, taste and freshness of the ingredients are the only qualities that matter, odd shapes and sizes don't.
The Rattler Train is a steam engine experience that departs from the historic Gympie Station. The journey through the beautiful Mary Valley passes in the picturesque small town of Dagun and in Amamoor, where the train turns around on the restored turntable.
The old Gympie railway station is today heritage-listed and it is where the Mary Valley Rattler Train starts its journey.
In the past, Gympie railway station was the primary railway station serving Gympie from 1881 to 1989. When the gold production declined, agriculture and dairy were the main industries in Gympie, which rely on rail transport.
Around 1980, the railway line become redundant. The electric train track took over and a new railway line bypassed the old Gympie station, with a new Gympie North station opening on the 4 February 1989.
In 1998, the Mary Valley Rattler became a major tourist attraction of the region.
The little museum provides an insight into the history of the railway station. The museum showcases several artefacts like lanterns, a scale, a morse code device, old telephones and tools to work on the railway lines. The museum preserves a collective heritage, offering a great way to learn about our past.