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.)
- 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)