Durundur Railway and Storey Brook Cottage, Woodford

Who went? We have done this day trip a couple of times, with a single 2yo and again with a 1yo and a 4yo. Adults have included Mum, Dad, Granddad, Grandma, Nanny (other Grandma), Great Grandma and Great Granddad.

Review: This is a really fun little itinerary. The kids love the mini train ride and rambling around the gardens. Granddad and Great Granddad don’t mind a bit of trainspotting, and the adults generally appreciate the history of the area, as told from the point of view of its railway infrastructure. And of course we all like a good BYO picnic at the picnic tables and a Devonshire Tea at the Storey Brook Cottage (which also has accommodation if you want to extend your stay).

Highlights: For me, definitely the tea. But the old wood-fired steam train (refurbished from its days as a sugar train at the mills in Bundaberg) is an obvious highlight as well.

Challenges: The only real challenge is getting the kids to last the one-and-a-half-hour-long car trip there. This would be an acceptable length for many kids under five, but I wasn’t blessed with natural road trippers. Also, the train line (understandably, as it’s staffed entirely by volunteers) only runs twice a month – so you have to be sure to pick the right Sunday (first or third Sunday of each month).

Price Bracket: Low. Especially since we pack a picnic lunch. (You can also splash out at the restaurant, but we find a picnic more relaxing with the kids there.)

Three Photos:

Dad and P take a closer look at the little steam engines at the station.

Dad and P take a closer look at the little steam engines at the station.

Picnic area and rail yards.

Picnic area and rail yards.

Hanging outside the restaurant at Storey Brook House.

Hanging outside the restaurant at Storey Brook House.

Itinerary:

  • Drive Brisbane to Woodford (1.5hrs) on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of any given month
  • Picnic lunch and look around station and yards
  • Ride the little steam train to the tea house (5 minutes)
  • Devonshire Tea and walk around gardens
  • Ride the little steam train back to the station (5 minutes)
  • Extra train rides (optional)
  • Drive home to Brisbane (1.5hrs)
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