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Bally Hooley – Heritage Steam Train Trip – Port Douglas

Bally Hooley – Heritage Steam Train Trip – Port Douglas

An icon of Port Douglas, the Bally Hooley is a nostalgic meander through town, returning guests to the romance of the sugarcane pioneering days and the heyday of the gold rush era.

Bally Hooley is a collection of historic diesel and steam locomotives that run between the Stations at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and St Crispins. A trip on the Bally Hooley is both a venue and a transport option, with stations located at QT Resort, Sheraton Grand, Crystalbrook Marina and St Crispins. 

Each of the restored locomotives were workhorses that played a large part in hauling the cane from the nearby fields to the mill in Mossman. They now do a wonderful job of hauling many an excited visitor along its historic narrow gauge tracks (2ft, 610mm). The narrow gauge track that it travels along was laid over a century ago and was initially used to transport the freshly cut cane from Mossman to Port Douglas to the aptly named Sugar Wharf.

The trip is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike, of all ages-from tiny tots who have never experienced the joy of steam travel, to  wedding guests transferring to their ceremony, to  train-lovers-a trip on board the Bally Hooley is a truly iconic Port Douglas experience.

Departing Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, your leisurely hour journey starts with a panoramic view over the harbour and its collection of sailing charter boats, luxurious superyachts, pleasure craft and trawlers.

The train passes through the tropical mangroves nestled behind the busy streets of Port Douglas.  The service is staffed by a dedicated team of railway enthusiasts, who love sharing its story, and  provide  commentary on local history, ecology and culture along the way.  After a quick stop at the Sheraton Grand Country Club and at QT Resort, the train heads on towards the St Crispins Station where the vibrant lakeside Choo Choos cafe is located. 

St Crispins Station is also located close to the Ramada,  Reef and Pool resorts.  While the locomotive is un-coupled, and prepared for your return journey,  enjoy brunch, a refreshing drink or an ice cream at Choo Choos.   The lake and stunning Daintree range view is breathtaking.

Then it’s “All Aboard” for your return journey to the Marina. 

For value for money and sheer enjoyment this must be one of the best and cheapest ways to enjoy your self in Port Douglas.  Affordable for all the family and children under 4 ride free, under 12’s are half price.

Jump on board!

Return or single tickets (dependent on your preference)       

Under 12’s are half price

Under 3’s get to travel for free

The train is available for charter.

What an amazing and memorable way to transport your wedding guests (ideal if you are staying at QT ResortSheraton Mirage Resort Port Douglas and getting married at St Mary’s Church).

What to bring

The seating carriages are covered, but its still good to take:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Rain coat if looking cloudy

Train timetable – Click Here

Ensure to check out other Family Friendly activities or call us on 1300 780 806 to tailor make a holiday package to suit your family!


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