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“adorable, little train and trip”
Review of Bally Hooley

Bally Hooley
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Bally Hooley is an operational steam train in Port Douglas, Queensland. The trains are hauled by our two coal-fired steam locomotives Bundy and Speedy, built in the early 1950s for the local Sugar Mills. Check out our fabulous new 3-in-1 tour package including a river cruise on Choo Choo Explorer, a trip on the Bally Hooley , as well as lunch at the delightful Choo Choos Cafe at St Crispins Station-fun for the whole family! #ballyhooley
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 21, 2014

well worth travelling on many times. dedicated and devoted volunteers run it. perfect for special occasions and trips like wedding parties and birthday celebrations

Thank S S
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Great Sunday out for families to experience a steam train adventure completely run and maintained by volunteers. Perfect to have lunch at The Reef Marina afterwards then wonder down to the Sunday Markets.

Thank Amanda H
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

This steam train ride is heaps of fun. Run by volunteers who are informative and knowledgeable.
Only runs on Sundays and then not so often in the Wet Season.
Carriages are all open to the elements, but roofed. Just be careful when carriages are brushing past the foliage. We had a green ants nest knocked into the carriages on our ride. Those little "darlings" really are vicious!
It is unfortunate that some of the scenery leaves a bit to be desired, with the tracks winding past an abandoned housing development, the vestiges of streets are visible, as is the occasional lamp-post. Not anything the volunteers can do about that though.
Still, for $10 per adult for a return trip from the Mirage Marina station, it's undoubtedly the cheapest attraction in the Port Douglas area!
We sure enjoyed it!

1  Thank CindyandMichaelO
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

This one is just so much pleasure for those who enjoy the world of steam engines. This great ride takes you into Marina Mirage travelling down parallel to Port Douglas road. I cant say where it starts as we always catch it on the Sunday at the QT Resort station and travel into Port for the Sunday markets. The smell of the steam engine in your open carriage, is a real treat for train lovers, but may affect others. Just a fun way to get into town instead of using the local bus services all the time.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We spent another wonderful afternoon having three trips on the Bally Hooley railway.

I'm disappointed to read a review below, implying that the train is a children's ride. Yes, kids love it - but it is also about the railway (and the engine's) heritage, and keeping a bit of history in Port Douglas. The team of volunteers do a wonderful job of preserving this.

As most people will realize, the tracks used are part of the original sugar cane railway used to transport the sugar from the mill to the port - the locals have done an amazing job of preserving the last 4kms or so of the route.

True, there isn't a lot to see - the original route is what it is, but we saw plenty of bats, a snake and some crocodiles (all from a safe distance!). But it isn't a sight seeing tour - it's a trip along a part of Australia's history, taking in the sounds and smells of these over 60 year old locomotives.

As for the price - $10 and the team will let you onboard on all of the trips that day. The ticket price helps pay the insurance bill, buy the coal and keep the history alive.

Thank you very much guys - particularly the older team members that enjoy spending their Sunday's looking after the tourists. We will definitely be back!

2  Thank Snowmanrk
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