T L Cooney Avenue‚ Bundamba

The romance of the era when steam was king awaits you in Ipswich courtesy of the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway. Hop on board an immaculate vintage wooden carriage or vintage Dining Cars and discover the rich mining history of the Ipswich area as you go past ruins of old mines and equipment from days gone by.

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway operates three weekend services.

The Market Train, from the Racecourse Station, gives you the chance to explore for some Handmade goodies in the markets before catching the 30-minute train trip .

The Picnic Train is a one-hour 45-minute trip to Swanbank where there’s a children’s playground, and heritage railway gifts can be bought at Swanbank Station. Also check out the heritage buses dating from the 1940s which operate tours to the near by Historical Centre giving you a longer day out. Bring your own picnic or barbecue and enjoy walking tracks overlooking the lake.

The Queensland Pioneer Dinner Trains offer a range of themed dining experiences in the Heritage Award Winning Sunlander dining cars from the iconic Sunlander.

There are Themed Trains such as the Santa Steam Train and Troop Trains that re-enacting the war years in Australia.

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    Recent Reviews


    Jun 2019

    Steam trains!

    We took 2 3yr olds on the steam train and then the bus to the museum! They still talk about the train ride and how much fun it was. As adults we love the train ride as much as the kids! more »

    Allan N

    Apr 2019

    Great day out

    Want something different to do with the significant half or the kids? enjoy a trip on the trains of yesteryear. Had a ball, saw some sights, did something unusual. more »


    Dec 2018

    We had a great evening on Murder Mistery Run

    The Murder Mistery tour was such a great experience and we enjoyed the evening so much! The actors did a great job with telling and playing a interesting story and we visitors were the detectives... more »

    Deb S

    Apr 2018


    Fantastic fun, went from Warwick to Wangarra Nsw. Great friendly staff. Had lunch at the station when we arrived, very nice. This is well worth doing, if u enjoy train trips. Lovely old carriages. more »


    Nov 2018

    Murder Mystery Night.

    The night was great for entertainment and had fun joining in with the other couple at the table. Only complaints were that the theme of 1980's did not match to well with the murder mystery and that... more »