Locals discount on Rattler

Mary Valley Rattler at Amamoor station.

After celebrating five years back on track late last year, the Mary Valley Rattler is starting its next five-year journey with an exclusive special offer to local residents of Gympie and surrounding districts.

Recognising the powerful community base and heritage of the Mary Valley Rattler, locals can experience the magic of steam with a 25% discount on Classic Rattler Run tickets for trips taken by 29 March.

This reduces the price from $65 to just $48.75 for a single adult ticket, and from $175 to $131.25 for a family pass of two adults and two children.

The Classic Rattler Run is the Rattler’s most famous ride. Operating three days a week – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – departing Gympie Station at 10am, the Classic Rattler service winds its way through lush hills of the Mary Valley before arriving in the quaint village of Amamoor. Guests can disembark here and watch the train engine as it turns around on the turntable. After a short stay to explore the Amamoor Village Green, passengers get back onboard for the return journey to Gympie Station.

Refreshments are available for purchase for the onboard journey as well as back at Rusty Rails Café at Gympie Station.

Local residents need to book via the website – www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au – by 29 March and insert the special code LOCAL24.

“We want all the community to get on board the Mary Valley Rattler because in the end, it is an asset that has contributed so much to the region over the past century and is going to be pivotal in attracting tourists to the area following the completion of the Gympie bypass later this year,” said Linda Barry, General Manager of the not-for-profit Mary Valley Rattler.

“Attracting tourists from the highway is going to be critical to support local businesses, so we are hoping to rally the region by getting them on board and sharing the Rattler’s rich history.

“Local residents can join with our passionate volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure that the Rattler is a truly memorable experience for visitors.

“We are looking forward to welcoming as many local residents as possible, as well as their friends and relatives, school groups and others over the next few months.”

Bookings and further information: www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au