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Bally Hooley – Heritage Steam Train Trip – Port Douglas

Bally Hooley – Heritage Steam Train Trip – Port Douglas

Bally Hooley, sponsored by Port Douglas Steam Train Company and the John Morris family, run two coal-fired steam locomotives called Speedy and Bundy. Both locomotives are over 55 years old and are the last locomotives that were used by the nearby Mossman Sugar Mill before the changeover to diesel.

Both Speedy and Bundy were workhorses and 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.

Located in a siding near to the start of the Bally Hooley is the first diesel ever used on the mill that was bought from London in 1953 – the ‘Mowbray’.  The engine is still operational and is used for engineering and maintenance works.

The Bally Hooley is run and organised by passionate volunteer enthusiasts and all monies taken go back into maintenance and buying more coal and costs involved.  Their passion and drive adds to the magic of this experience.

The Bally Hooley steam railway runs on  Sundays and Public Holidays, as well as throughout the week during busier times of the year.

Along the way you will pass by the Port Douglas Yacht club where you will see the luxury yachts moored in the marina and then along the coastal mangroves. You will pass by the Mirage Country Club, the quirky QT Resort, and Reef Resort Port Douglas and to the scenic St Crispin’s Station.  Whilst the train is turned around on its special “turntable” why not enjoy lunch at the delightful new cafe Choo Choos, a breezy and vibrant destination for great coffee and  fabulous locally sourced dishes. ​

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 5’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 Resort, Sheraton Mirage Resort Port Douglas and getting married at St Mary’s Church).

What to take

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

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

What’s Included on the trip

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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