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Day Trips from Brisbane for Kids Who Love Trains

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Are your kids the ultimate train fans? We’ve got some brilliant Brisbane day trip ideas for your kids who love trains! 

Brisbane and its surrounding areas are teeming with railway history and unique train rides that are sure to delight locomotive lovers of any age. Read on to find out more!

Find a huge list of the best places to see steam trains, model trains, and day trips from Brisbane for kids who love trains.

Steam trains

There are a variety of places you can go to experience steam trains and by gone eras of travel – the kids will be in raptures!

1. Bribie Island miniature steam train

Melsa Park has a 500 metre track that’s perfect for a miniature steam train ride. They operate every 3rd Sunday of the month from 10 am to 230pm. You can buy a ticket for just $2 to journey through the gorgeous bush surrounds.

2. Bracken Ridge Lions Park miniature steam train

On the fourth Sunday of every month, take your little one for a ride on a mini steam train through McPherson Park.

3. Steam Train Sunday

Kids Who Love Trains

Take your little train aficionado on a trip he or she will just adore. On the first Sunday of each month, visit a glamourous by gone era of travel through the magic of steam powered trains. Journey for an hour around Brisbane and see it as you’ve never seen it before – historic, heritage-listed railway stations, beautiful scenery, and even old abandoned ghost stations.

Model Trains

4. The Brisbane Model Train Show

During the May school holidays, the Australian Model Railway Association hosts this model train show at the Brisbane Showgrounds. With miniature and full-size train rides, heritage displays, loads of models and miniature train displays, it’s the perfect day out for any lover of locomotives.

Day trips from Brisbane

5. Workshop Rail Museum in Ipswich

This museum is a must for train lovers of any age. It contains a range of exciting train-themed exhibits, from steam and electric engines to a working blacksmith workshop and free tours. For the little ones, there is a train themed indoor playground, with a café on site or a number of places that are perfect for picnics.

Each school holidays, you’ll be delighted by the themed exhibitions with dozens of special activities available. Read our Workshop Rail Museum here.

6. Gympie’s Mary Valley Heritage Railway

Featuring the famous Valley Rattler steam train currently on view at the historic Old Gympie Station. You can travel through the region on the Red Rocket, an old diesel train, or visit the working model train room.

Train-themed parks

For something a little simpler, you can’t go past a park where everything is all about trains.

7. Scarborough Beach Park

This park features a stationary train with a track running through the play area, along with a climbing net, swings, balancing equipment, and loads more to keep the kinds busy. Read our review of the Scarborough Beach Park.

8. Ewing Park in Woodridge

This park has a large train complete with station, and even offers real train rides every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. With swings, slides, and courts for netball, basketball, tennis and volleyball, there’s something for everyone!

9. Milton Park in Milton

There’s a replica train complete with petrol bowser to engage the imagination. For the more active kids, there are a range of bike paths with signs for the kids to navigate, and a range of fun slides and swings.

Kids who love trains – let the journey begin!

What are you waiting for? Get chuggin’ today!

Also… psssssssst… if you have kids who love trains and you want to go on a BIG one, kids travel on public transport on the weekends in Brisbane FOR FREE! 

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