Gympie Region on Track for Tourism Success
The lush farmlands of the Mary Valley will once again resound to the rhythmic chug of steam trains when the historic Mary Valley Rattler takes to the rails.
The revitalised Mary Valley Rattler will be transformed into a professional tourism attraction with the potential to generate significant economic benefits for the region.
The Queensland Government today announced the Mary Valley Rattler Project as a successful project for the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland funding.
“In the immortal word of Johnny Cash “I hear the train a coming” Said Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran today.
“We have been working closely with the Queensland Government and the Rattler Rail Company Board to get this project on track and are delighted, as I know the community will be, with today’s announcement.”
Departing Gympie’s fully restored heritage station, the Rattler will carry passengers over the Mary River and through its fertile Mary Valley, traversing the gentle curves and gradients of the line before arriving some 45 minutes later in the picturesque village of Amamoor.
“Stage one of the project will include getting the Mary Valley Rattler up and running and commercially successful from Gympie to Amamoor and vice versa. We will then explore the feasibility of the train continuing to Imbil for stage two.” Said Mayor Curran.
Today’s announcement also included a funding commitment of $600,000 for the construction of a River to Rail recreation train on the Mary River including construction of pathways, viewing decks and signage. Stage One of the proposed trail looks to maximise as much of a trail connection along the rivers edge as possible heading from Nelson reserve towards The Sands.
As a result of today’s Queensland Government announcement, this stage can now go ahead in Gympie’s 150th year.
The pathway aims to encourage walkers to meet the river by "unravelling an ecologically rich experience and reconnecting people to a hidden gem".
It is the intention of the design that the unique landscape along the river allows for all age groups to explore and create their own connecting memories to the region's authentic beauty. Viewing decks along the trail would be positioned to accentuate the river's natural winding features.
The planned trail would include varying types of paths, from an easy walking ecologically rich experience to a more rustic style of easy walking access to the varying landscapes of the Region.
Other projects successful in receiving funding with today’s announcement include $300 000 for streetscape improvement in the Goomeri Township and infrastructure for the Mary Valley Recreation Hub.