The exchange director of The Friendship Force of Bundaberg, Bert Herson, takes a group on the restored Invicta steam train at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.
The exchange director of The Friendship Force of Bundaberg, Bert Herson, takes a group on the restored Invicta steam train at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

Cane train to go full steam ahead

BUNDABERG kids will be chuffed to visit the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens this summer, with the cane train taking dozens of extra trips to keep families entertained during the school holidays.

Australian Sugar Cane Railway Association president Wendy Driver said she had been contacted by a number of people worried the attraction would not be running this Christmas, after concerns were raised that Queensland Rail regulations could affect the service.

“But it is going ahead as usual,” Mrs Driver said.

“We will be running extra services during the week for the school holidays, until the end of January.”

Hard-working helpers take hundreds of children for a fun voyage every Christmas holidays.

“It’s all run by volunteers and it’s very popular with families because it’s not expensive,” Mrs Driver said.

Tickets for adults cost $3, school-aged children can ride for $1 and a family ticket costs $8.

The first trip is at 10am and the last at 3.45pm, with about 20 trips throughout the day according to demand.

The Australian Sugar Cane Railway train will operate every Tuesday and Friday, using diesel and clattering along the 1km, 610cm gauge track twice in each 20-minute trip.

To experience an old-fashioned railway adventure, visit on a Wednesday or Sunday, when the train will chug along under steam power.

The attraction will also be open on Boxing Day (a Saturday), the Boxing Day public holiday and Australia Day, so it is a great opportunity for families to enjoy low-cost entertainment in the botanic gardens.



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