Do your kids love trains? Take them on the ultimate day trip to these Moreton Bay locations to view, play on or even ride trains of all shapes and sizes.
On the sleepy waterfront of Scarborough Village lies a little park that many families have made their ultimate picnic spot. With barbeques, toilets, plenty of parking space, green grass and a beautiful sandy shoreline, Pirate Park wouldn’t be complete without its playground that includes a climbable red train. In a sanded enclosure, children can jump, run and slide around to their heart's content with other great features such as an inflatable jumping pillow, basketball court and Cotton Wood trees providing shade and climbing practice for your little ninjas.
Situated on 12 acres of land and home to over 70 buildings displaying 110,000+ local pieces of interest, the Caboolture Historical Village is a great place to take the kids for a bit of a fun with the bonus of a history lesson! From old farmhouses to one-bedroom cottages, the biggest hit among younger children is the train station and the miniature steam train that runs twice a day. Not a bad train adventure near Brisbane if your offspring is obsessed with real-life trains! If your little one is looking to learn more about the Village, tours and group bookings are available.
For the adults, you can hire the grounds train by the hour for weddings and other functions. Available for hire from 2:30 pm on the day of the event.
Are you looking for an authentic historical train ride experience? On the first and third Sunday of each month at Woodford Railway Museum, you can ride an old-school locomotive along the tracks of what is locally known as ‘Durundur Railway’. Take in the sights of lush Woodford as you head toward Storey Brook and back toward the museum where you can discover historical artefacts and learn more about the history of trains in the Moreton Bay Region. Woodford Railway also provide outdoor tables and barbecues ideal for a family picnic before heading into the onsite shop (in a genuine heritage railway building) where you can stock up on railway themed books, DVDs and other little knick-knacks.
From 10:00 am – 2:30 pm every third Sunday of the month, passengers, both young and old, can take a 500m journey on a miniature steam train through the picturesque surrounds of Melsa Park on Bribie Island. After a ride around the park for just $2, you can check out the decommissioned Leopard AS1 Tank next to the Bribie Island RSL and head on down to the Bribie Island and District Community Markets. Enjoy a range of food vendors, market stalls and a jumping castle for the kids, all right on the banks of the Pumicestone Passage!
Before becoming a designated parkland, John Scott Park in Samford was the grounds of the original Samford Railway Station. When the railway line was closed, the park was named after local cattle breeder and former Pine Rivers Shire Councilman, John Scott. To commemorate its importance to Samford and history as a train station, the park now boasts a large train as part of the play equipment. Your little one can either ride along at the front of the train, try their hand at being a conductor or play a game of noughts and crosses! With other great structures, climbing nets, slides and swings, John Scott Park is a great park for all kids, especially those who enjoy a train adventure!
On the banks of the South Pine River you’ll find one of the most popular parks in the Moreton Bay Region. With wide grassed areas for sports, a large playground and sheltered picnic areas, Pine Rivers Park is a hit for children and adults alike. However, if you’re little one is a fan of trains, there’s no doubt they’ll enjoy this train adventure near Brisbane. One of the best and most unique features of the park is the little cycle train that surrounds a hedge maze on the outer edges of the park. Kids can jump on one of the little push-pedal trains and cruise around the track, spying the best way to make their way through the maze. Not only is it fun, but it will cost them a bit of energy, tuckering them out for a good night’s sleep!
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