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Mary Valley Rattler | Discover the Historic Steam Train

The Historic Mary Valley Rattler Train

The Mary Valley Rattler has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the early 20th century. Originally built to transport timber, the railway played a vital role in the region's development. Today, it has been lovingly restored and offers a unique experience for visitors.

With a 3-hour and 40 km journey, the Mary Valley Rattler is the third longest heritage railway in Australia. With breathtaking views, delectable flavours and major historical significance, Mary Valley Rattler is a must-try experience on every traveller’s list.

Mary Valley Rattler | Quick Facts

Mary Valley Rattler

Official name: Mary Valley Rattler

Location: Gympie, Queensland, Australia

Years of construction: 1911-1915

Date of tourist opening: 23 May 1998 (as a heritage railway)

Steam locomotives: C17 Steam Train and RM76 Railmotor

Function: Heritage railway attraction offering scenic rides through the picturesque Mary Valley region in Queensland.

What Makes Mary Valley Rattler a Major Tourist Attraction?

  • Historic Charm: Step back in time and experience the nostalgia of riding a fully restored heritage steam train through the stunning Mary Valley countryside. 
  • Scenic Views: Marvel at the picturesque landscapes of the Sunshine Coast as you chug along the tracks, passing through lush forests, rolling hills, and quaint country towns.
  • Insider Knowledge: Learn about the fascinating history and significance of the Mary Valley Rattler from knowledgeable guides who will regale you with stories and anecdotes along the way.
  • Delicious Food: You can also indulge in authentic Australian flavours as you indulge in delicious food made from locally sourced ingredients.

Plan Your Mary Valley Rattler Experience

Mary Valley Rattler Timetable
Mary Valley Rattler Location
Mary Valley Rattler
Mary Valley Rattler

Address: Gympie Historic Station, Tozer St, Gympie QLD 4570, Australia. Find on Maps

The Mary Valley Rattler is located in the picturesque Sunshine Coast region of Queensland, specifically in Gympie, a historic town known for its gold mining heritage.

There is free parking, including accessible parking, available on site.

Mary Valley Rattler Highlights

Mary Valley Rattler

Ride the Historic Steam Train

One of the main highlights of the Mary Valley Rattler is the chance to hop aboard a beautifully restored heritage steam train. Revel in the nostalgia as the train chugs along the picturesque Mary Valley, passing through lush countryside, charming towns, and scenic landscapes. Feel the rhythm of the vintage locomotive and take in stunning panoramic views from the comfort of your carriage.

Mary Valley Rattler

Journey Through Historic Stations

As you embark on your Mary Valley Rattler adventure, you will have the opportunity to stop at historic stations along the railway line. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Gympie and Amamoor stations that have been lovingly restored to their former glory. Explore the platforms, browse the souvenir shops, and perhaps indulge in a treat or two from the delightful local cafes.

History of Mary Valley Rattler

  • 1911: Built between June 1911 and April 1915, the Mary Valley railway line branched out from the North Coast line and continued to Brooloo, Amamoor and Dagun. 
  • 1913: In 1913, the Gympie station was built in a ‘Pagoda’ architectural style, which used to be the largest timber building in the Queensland railways. 
  • 1970s: By the 1970s, the railway line turned unprofitable for use and a new railway line that bypassed Gympie was built in 1989. Soon after, passenger travel stopped completely. 
  • 1996: In 1996, the local communities formed the Mary Valley Heritage Railway. They suggested restoring operations with a tourist line that started its first operation on 23rd May 1998. 
  • 2012: Over time, the railway lines grew weaker and increasingly unsafe, after which, operations were stopped indefinitely in 2012.
  • 2016: In June 2016, Gympie Regional Council allocated funds to restart the Mary Valley Heritage Line. The train was renamed Mary Valley Rattler and began operations in Oct 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Mary Valley Rattler

What is the Mary Valley Rattler?

The Mary Valley Rattler is a heritage railway in Sunshine Coast, offering scenic train rides on vintage locomotives through the picturesque Mary Valley.

When was the Mary Valley railway line built?

The Mary Valley railway line was built between June 1911 and April 1915.

Why was the Mary Valley railway line built?

The Mary Valley railway line was built to brand off the North Coast line and make it easier to build settlements around the Mary River.

What is the main purpose of Mary Valley Rattler?

The main purpose of the Mary Valley Rattler is to preserve and celebrate the rich railway history of the region. It allows visitors to step back in time and experience the golden era of steam train travel, all while appreciating the natural beauty of the area.

How do I book tickets to the Mary Valley Rattler?

You can easily book your Mary Valley Rattler tickets online.

How much does it cost to board the Mary Valley Rattler?

The prices for your Mary Valley Rattler tickets start from AUD 65.

What are the Mary Valley Rattler’s operating hours?

The Mary Valley Rattler is functional on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It departs from Gympie at 10 AM, arrives at Amamoor at 11 AM, and makes the return journey from Amamoor at 12 PM to arrive at Gympie at 1 PM. Get more information on the Mary Valley Rattler timetable.

Where is Mary Valley Rattler located?

Mary Valley Rattler is located at Gympie Historic Station, Tozer St, Gympie QLD 4570, Australia. You can find it on maps.