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6 Fun Half Day Trips on the Caboolture Train Line

We know that when you have little people that need naps, you don’t always want to do a full-day trip.

You can still explore in half a day though, and there is so much to see and do from the Caboolture train line! The best part is, you don’t even need a car as you can just jump on the train!

We’ve put together this list of 6 epic half-day trips from the Caboolture train line, so grab a backpack and jump on a train to explore and enjoy a fun day out!

City StationsFerny Grove Line | Shorncliffe Line | Gold Coast | Beenleigh

Easy (Green): A nice easy walk. Expect less than 6/7 minutes from station to the destination. Usually one or two very close destinations for a nice, relaxing half day out.

Medium (Yellow): Looking for a bit more of an adventure? These stations are usually no more than 15 minutes from their fun destinations. These stations often have multiple destinations too so there is tons of fun stuff to see and do!

Hard (Red): An adventurous day out. Expect longer than 15 minute walks from the station to the destination and there may be multiple destinations. A great choice for those who want to enjoy a good walk and have an active day out!

Caboolture train line: Half day trips to enjoy

1 Zillmere station – Medium

Zillmere Library - visit from the Caboolture Train Line

Leave Zillmere station and head down Zillmere road for about 6 minutes and you will reach Zillmere Library. Zillmere Library has story time sessions for young children and singing sessions for toddlers and babies. Check out their website for more activities going on each day.

If you walk another 8 or so minutes down Zillmere Road, you’ll reach O’Callagan Park. This park has a great playground which includes slides and swings. The park also has a basketball court and skate ramp. Picnic areas and BBQs are also available to have a nice picnic lunch with undercover areas to sit in the shade to enjoy your lunch.

Zillmere O Callaghan Park's playground - visit from the Caboolture Train Line

2 Bald Hills station – Hard

Bald Hills Stanley Day Park undercovered seating area - visit from the Caboolture train line

Once you leave Bald Hills station, take the pathway that goes under the Gympie Arterial Road. Follow that pathway around and you will reach Stanley Day Park in about 14 minutes.

This lovely park has a playground which includes a small playground (perfect for younger kids) with swings and a slide. There is also a large grassy area for kids to play in, as well as toilet facilities.

Swings at Bald Hills Stanley Day Park - visit from the Caboolture train line

3 Strathpine station – Medium

The entrance to the playground at Pine Rivers Park - visit from the Caboolture train line

After leaving Strathpine station, head down Station Street until you get to Gympie Road. Cross at the lights and you should reach the Pine Rivers Art Gallery in about 5 minutes. There was a bird theme during our visit to the gallery, so all of the kid’s activities were based around birds.

Keep going down Gympie Road for about 7 minutes and you should reach an amazing Pine Rivers Park.

Pine Rivers Park is a huge park which features several well-equipped playgrounds. Some of equipment in the playgrounds include a flying fox, slides, swings and climbing frames. There is also an incredibly fun pedal-powered train which kids can ride all around the park and a maze which kids can navigate.

The park has a wheelchair accessible toilet and lots of concrete paths which make it easy to navigate a wheelchair or buggy. There are also plenty of wide grassy spaces for kids to play on.

When it’s time for a break, there are plenty of picnic shelters and shady spaces around the park. BBQs are also available for a tasty picnic lunch.

4 Lawnton Station – Easy

Lawnton swimming pool complex - visit from the Caboolture train line

After leaving Lawnton Station on the Caboolture train line, go down Station Road and take a left down Todds Road. Keep going down the road until you reach Lawnton Aquatics Swimming Pool. This should only take you about 8 minutes.

Lawnton Swimming Pool costs $5.30 per child or $18.95 for a family pass for four people (where one must be an adult). There is a fun toddler’s pool and play area too. There are also 2 BBQs available on the site, making it a great place to BYO picnic.

If you feel like going out for lunch after (because we all know how hungry swimming makes you!), try the Lawnton Tavern. Just across the road from Lawnton Station, Lawnton Tavern has some great kids’ deals. They have $12 kids’ meals that include nuggets, burgers or fish and chips so everybody will be happy!

A sign for Lawnton swimming pool which you can visit on the Caboolture train line

5 Petrie station – Easy

A train in the playground at Petrie - visit on the Caboolture train line

Once you leave Petrie Station on the Caboolture train line, head down station road and take a left at Anzac Avenue. Follow Anzac Avenue and cross at the lights. Keep following the road down until you reach Petrie Place. The walk should take you about 8 minutes.

This great little park features a playground and a grassy area to play on. The bark-covered playground includes a slide, climbing frame, fireman’s pole and swings. There is also a picnic area to enjoy a nice picnic lunch.

A fantastic day out from Petrie station is also The Mill Water Park. This is around an 8-minute walk from Petrie station, and it’s well worth the effort as it is so much fun! Imagine a playground filled with water and you get the idea – there is no swimming pool, only sprays and fountains and buckets tipping over heads to squeals of delight. There are lots of undercover seats too.

There is also a great playground there, and a track for scooters. It’s a great meeting spot and is a fun place for a picnic. It is definitely one to add to your list while exploring the Caboolture train line train stations!

We’ve written a detailed review of The Mill Water Park here.

The Mill - Waterpark 1

6 Caboolture station – Easy

Caboolture Creation Station - visit on the Caboolture train line

Once you leave the station, walk down James Street past the lights until you get to Hasking Street. On the left is Caboolture Hub, which includes the Caboolture Library. The walk should take you about 4 minutes.

Caboolture Library features a children’s area and youth zone and a parent’s room. There are a huge variety of activities for children to partake in at the library, including story time. Check out what is going on at the library here.

The Caboolture Hub also features the Caboolture Art Gallery. At the time of writing, there is an Asia Pacific Contemporary exhibition on sharing highlights from the long-running Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) series. 

After you’ve finished at the library or gallery, check out the playground just outside Caboolture Hub. The playground features plenty of things to climb on and a spinning apparatus.

The playground outside Caboolture Hub - visit on the Caboolture train line

Which half-day trips will you choose on the Caboolture train line?

There are lots of half-day trips on the Caboolture train line and it’s so easy to explore on the train. Which one will you choose next?

Kids love trains? Check out these half day trips from City StationsFerny Grove Line, Shorncliffe Line, Gold Coast and Beenleigh!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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