Mary Valley Rattler is a historic attraction where visitors are invited to step back in time and learn about a significant era that has passed.
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The Mary Valley Rattler is also an excellent reason to spend time at Gympie Station. Marvel at its unique historical displays, have a coffee at its on-site café and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. Your support in this experience goes a long way since the rattler is operated not-for-profit. Yet, it’s committed to a more important purpose of ensuring the public doesn’t forget about this historic trail. Feel free to donate if you feel obliged.
It’s no surprise that the train has become one of the most popular tourist attractions; also the third largest heritage railway in Australia. Construction began in 1911, and the train went through numerous closures and enhancements throughout the century. The development of the train is vital to Gympie as we know it since there was no railway linking it to Brisbane until 1891. The locomotive was initially referred to as the Maryborough Railway and was initially developed because James Nash discovered gold in Gympie back in 1867.
The discovery of gold was the biggest tipping point because people needed to transport equipment and materials in and out of the area. The cost of shipping gold and all this was skyrocketing, but the trains eventually helped the town become lucrative despite some economic bumps over many years.
Today, visitors can experience this rich history at the Mary Valley Rattler.