MARY VALLEY RATTLER
THEMARY VALLEY RATTLER, formerly Mary Valley Heritage Railway, conducted steam train trips and tours from Gympie through the picturesque Mary Valley from 1984, and was one of the region’s greatest tourist attractions, described as Australia’s third biggest heritage railway. It was shut down for safety reasons in 2012, and since then major cost blowouts have delayed its reintroduction. However, following another major injection of funds from Gympie Regional Council, the Rattler is expected to be operational again in June this year. This historic 40km journey, in a restored C17 steam train, starts at the gold rush city of Gympie, and after crossing the Mary River, negotiates curves, gradients and bridges to pass through the small country villages of Dagun, Amamoor and Kandanga to Imbil.