Mary Valley Rattler
Mary Valley Rattler
4.5
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Rediscover the magic of a bygone era aboard the historic Mary Valley Rattler. The scenic Mary Valley is a place where you can experience the friendly laid back atmosphere of rural living at its best. The Rattler's 46 kilometre round trip starts at Gympie and after crossing over the Mary River, chugs its way rhythmically around an abundance of curves, across bridges and numerous gentle hills. Your journey passes through Dagun, home to a beautiful heritage station before continuing to the quaint community of Amamoor nestled in the centre of the Mary Valley. You'll marvel at the restored turntable installed at the Amamoor Station and fascinated by the process required to turn the locomotive around for its return to Gympie. Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore the restored Gympie Station which houses a historic display, a gift shop and a cafe offering dine in and takeaway options. The Mary Valley Rattler is more than a train ride. It's a half-day adventure into history.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Glenda G
Gympie, Australia18 contributions
Dec. 2023 • Family
It was a wonderful trip. Carriage attendants were great and told us about thing's around the area's. VERY enjoyable 😃
Written 3 December 2023
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Hi 358glendag We're absolutely delighted to hear that you had a wonderful trip on the Mary Valley Rattler! It's fantastic to know that our carriage attendants contributed to your enjoyable experience by sharing insights about the surrounding areas. Our team strives to not only provide a comfortable journey but also to enrich it with local knowledge and stories, and we're glad this resonated with you. Thank you for taking the time to leave this positive feedback. We can't wait to have you on board again for another VERY enjoyable adventure! Cheers MVR Team
Written 3 December 2023
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mlever2017
Brisbane, Australia18 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Very nice high tea experience with lots of sweet foods. Host Janice and waitress Shane were excellent. Recommend a two-and-half hour train trip for something different.
Written 1 December 2023
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Hi mlever2017 Thank you for sharing your delightful experience with the Mary Valley Rattler’s high tea service. Your kind words about Janice and Shane are greatly appreciated; we’ll be sure to pass on your compliments to them. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again for another journey through the picturesque Mary Valley. Cheers MVR Team
Written 3 December 2023
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Deborah C
1 contribution
Nov. 2023 • Solo
Taking a ride in history though the beautiful lands of Gympie and Amamoor scenic and descriptive by the onboard volunteer people manning this trip. Friendly and helpful volunteers clearly loving their work.
Written 29 November 2023
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Hi Deborah We are thrilled to hear that your journey on the Mary Valley Rattler offered not just a trip through the stunning landscapes of Gympie and Amamoor, but also a delightful journey back in time. It’s heartening to know that our volunteer staff, with their passion and dedication, greatly enhanced your experience. Their love for what they do, alongside their friendly and helpful nature, is indeed the cornerstone of the Rattler experience. Thank you for sharing your positive impressions, and we hope to welcome you aboard again soon for another memorable ride. Cheers MVR Team
Written 1 December 2023
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Andrew M
Kenmore, Australia6 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Fantastic step back in time. Staff brilliant. Recommend ordering the food offerings in advance. They are delicious and great value.
Written 26 November 2023
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Hi MTBAndyMann Thank you for your wonderful feedback on your experience with the Mary Valley Rattler. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your journey into the past with us and found our staff to be brilliant. It’s also great to know that our pre-ordered food offerings exceeded your expectations in both taste and value. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable trip soon. Cheers MVR Team
Written 27 November 2023
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PaulMichelleMenangle
Bundaberg, Australia59 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
This was so much better than I expected, the ride was great, the scenery along the way supported by an in cabin commentary. The return journey was broken up with two stops, one a wine and cheese tasting. A great day.
Written 21 November 2023
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Hi PaulMichelleMenangle Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience with the Mary Valley Rattler! It's wonderful to hear that your journey exceeded your expectations. We're delighted that you enjoyed the scenic ride complemented by the in-cabin commentary, providing insights into the beautiful landscapes and history of the area. The wine and cheese tasting stop is indeed a highlight for many of our guests, and we're glad it added to the enjoyment of your day. We strive to create memorable experiences for our passengers, and it sounds like we succeeded with your trip. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another great day out in the future! Cheers MVR Team
Written 23 November 2023
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DaveH52
Sheffield, UK35 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
What a great experience. Beautiful, heritage train meandering through loveley countryside. The stations en route had local craft stalls and live music which added to the whole atmosphere.
The volunteer staff were great, especially Maralyn who was so helpful and enthusiastic.
Highly recommended
Written 17 November 2023
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Hi DaveH52 Thank you for your wonderful feedback about your recent journey with us at Mary Valley Rattler. We're delighted to hear that you had a great experience and enjoyed the beauty of our heritage train as it meandered through the lovely countryside. It's fantastic to know that the local craft stalls and live music at the stations added to the overall atmosphere of your trip. We love to create an experience that not only showcases the scenic beauty of the Mary Valley but also celebrates the vibrant local culture and community. We're particularly thrilled to hear your kind words about our volunteer staff, especially Marilyn. Her enthusiasm and helpfulness are shining examples of the dedication our team has to making every journey special for our guests. We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to her. Thank you for highly recommending the Mary Valley Rattler. We look forward to welcoming you on board again for another memorable trip through the heart of the Mary Valley. Cheers MVR Team
Written 18 November 2023
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Tony S
1 contribution
Nov. 2023 • Couples
We recently went of the tasting train and what a great morning we had. I couldn't believe how generous the tasting platters were on the train with each person getting their own (enough food for 2 people really ) Once back at the station a 2 course meal & drink followed and it was superb. Seriously if you walk away hungry then its your own fault. As for the train we were on the old silver bullet rail motor. Gee did this take me back to my childhood days. The whole rattler crew were so friendly and helpful including all back at the station & restaurant. Do yourself a favour and take the time to visit & ride the Valley Rattler.
Written 16 November 2023
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Hi tonysQ3797KO Thank you for sharing your delightful experience on our Tasting Train! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great morning with us and that the tasting platters exceeded your expectations in generosity and quality. It's wonderful to know that the two-course meal and drink back at the station were also to your liking and contributed to a fulfilling culinary experience. We always aim to ensure our guests leave satisfied and it sounds like we hit the mark with you. We're glad that the journey on the old Silver Bullet rail motor brought back fond memories of your childhood. Preserving and sharing the rich history of these historic trains is a passion for us, and it's always heartwarming to hear when it resonates with our guests. Your kind words about the friendliness and helpfulness of our entire crew are much appreciated. We truly believe in the power of exceptional customer service and are glad to hear that it enhanced your experience. Thank you for recommending the Mary Valley Rattler experience. We look forward to welcoming you back for another journey through the beautiful Mary Valley. Cheers MVR Team
Written 18 November 2023
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Helen S
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Family
Very relaxing and enjoyable. The views are beautiful and there were lots of lovely people to chat to. Quite nostalgic, imagining how it was in the past. Will do it again.
Written 11 November 2023
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Hi K9925DHhelens Thank you so much for your lovely review of the Mary Valley Rattler experience. We're thrilled to hear that you found your journey both relaxing and enjoyable, and that the beauty of the views and the company of fellow passengers added to your experience. It's wonderful to know that the journey evoked a sense of nostalgia and connection to the past, as we strive to offer a unique window into the rich heritage of rail travel. Our scenic routes and the historic charm of our trains are indeed a gateway to another era, and we're glad that this resonated with you. We're looking forward to welcoming you aboard again for another trip down memory lane. Until then, we'll keep the steam up and the views as stunning as ever! Cheers MVR Team
Written 16 November 2023
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Kerryl D
Adelaide, Australia4 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
The trip was great, seats comfortable, service good, brilliant views.
We had our own booth/cabin which was great.
Wish we had purchased lunch for arrival as cafes in town closed on a Saturday.
Written 11 November 2023
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Hi Mobile50238301436 We're absolutely delighted to hear that you had a great time on the Mary Valley Rattler! Knowing that you found the seats comfortable, the service good, and the views brilliant truly warms our hearts. It's also wonderful to hear that having your own booth added to the enjoyment of your journey. Thank you for choosing to travel with us and for taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back aboard the Mary Valley Rattler, hopefully with a delicious lunch waiting for you next time! Cheers MVR Team
Written 16 November 2023
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DiLivKnut
Perth, Australia6 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Solo
Amazing that this experience is dog friendly. I took my little dog and we had the best time. Lovely welcome reception at Gympie Station, we made our way down the back to the 'Guards' carriage. We had a cabin to ourselves, clean bowl of water, poo bags and bin provided. Made to feel comfortable and safe and well informed of safety procedures. Lovely stop at Amamoor. Volunteers were all friendly, waved off at the station and welcomed back. A great morning out and would recommend this experience
Written 8 November 2023
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Hi DiLivKnut Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We’re thrilled to hear that you and your furry companion enjoyed your journey on the Mary Valley Rattler. It’s heartening to know that our efforts to make the trip comfortable and inclusive for all our passengers, including the four-legged ones, are appreciated. We aim to provide a memorable experience with our warm welcome at Gympie Station, the cleanliness of our Guards’ carriage, and the attentive service provided by our dedicated volunteers. Your safety and satisfaction are our priorities, and we’re glad this was evident throughout your trip. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again for another great morning out. Your recommendation means the world to us! Cheers MVR Team
Written 9 November 2023
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