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Bally Hooley

Port Douglas, Australia
About Bally Hooley
The Bally Hooley is an operational steam train in Port Douglas, Queensland. The steam trains are hauled by our three coal-fired steam locomotives that were built in the 1950's: Bundy, Speedy and Nelson. We also operate our diesel locomotives. Catch a ride on the train to see the sights of Port Douglas or as a way of getting to and from the Marina. The train stops at Marina Station, Mirage Country Club Station, Oaks Resort Station and St. Crispins Station. It's fun for the whole family! #ballyhooley
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Scott Marks wrote a review June 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand361 contributions108 helpful votes
A great little narrow gauge steam train ride. Do check the times though as it doesn't run every day.
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Date of experience: September 2019
2 Helpful votes
Harryperkins wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Please update your operating hours or voice message to inform people that you are currently closed (including on Sundays), until winter - told to us by the cafe. You currently say that you’re open on Sunday’s but this isn’t correct.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Michelle S wrote a review Dec 2019
Port Douglas, Australia183 contributions76 helpful votes
Bally Hooley Railway is a 2 gauge line of track running some 4.2 kilometers between Port Douglas Marina and St Crispins Lake. I have to say as a local I had never been on the train but I am glad I have now had the experience. This little railway needs tourists and locals to keep it going especially when they put the steam engine on (like Nelson). Your ticket is valid for the whole day meaning you can go to St Crispins on one train and stay there to come back on a later train. Die hard train enthusiasts can choose to go on all 3 train journies if they so wish. Not bad for $20. St Crispins Lake area is lovely. There is a colonial style restaurant/cafe with seating over the lake. Very picturesque. The guys on the train and Midge in the ticket office as lovely. Midge was extremely informative and even sells tours for other company activities. The Bally Hooley Railway caps in denim for $8 are great and what a bargain! Midge said there are only about 15 left so time to grab one while you can. She did inform me that they close down after 12 Jan 2020 for the so called quiet season. If you plan to go soon then for on or before Sunday 12 Jan 2020.
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Date of experience: December 2019
SAM A wrote a review Nov 2019
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Saw advertisements for this train all over Port Douglas even received a brochure and operating times Wednesday to Sunday from our hotel upon check in. Only to find out upon arrival at the station that there was no services running except on Sundays which resulted in one toddler having an extreme melt down about not being able to go on the train and disappointment for the entire family group as the day had been planned around the first departure time of 1140.
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Date of experience: November 2019
FrancesGH wrote a review Oct 2019
7 contributions3 helpful votes
We’ve been going on the Bally Hooley since we started coming to the region in the late 80s! It’s great to see the next gen enjoying it as much. One tiny suggestion for the commentary - it’d be great to hear the speaker acknowledge the local Aboriginal nation before starting on European history. Our otherwise excellent guide also said that Mossman Gorge was run by ‘the Aboriginals’ - again it’d be great to name the Kiki Yulandji community by name as a sign of respect. Thanks again for keeping this great attraction going!
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from BallyHooleyRailTours, Sales & Marketing at Bally Hooley
Responded 20 Oct 2019
Hi FrancesGH, Thank you for your review! It's so great having long-time guests return. Thank you for your recommendation - we take all comments on board and this will be passed on to the train team. Thanks for joining us again and we hope to see you back again soon! Kind regards, Bally Hooley Rail Tours
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