Bally Hooley Rail
BALLY HOOLEY Does that sound Irish to you? Well, you may well be right, as this was the name given to the end of the train line located up the Mowbray Valley more than a hundred years ago, most likely by an Irish immigrant.
Nowadays, Bally Hooley is a locally owned family company operating an historic train service for visitors and locals, between the The Reef Marina and St Crispins station.
Mowbray is the diesel locomotive travelling on most days, with special appearances by Speedy or Bundy, the coal-fired steam locomotives. Our steam trains Speedy and Bundy operate on Sundays and for special events. The timetable remains the same every day (please note that until mid April, the Bally Hooley steam train service is operating amended hours, only on Sundays as per timetable)
Speedy and Bundy, are both over 55 years old. They were the very last steam locomotives used by the Mossman Sugar Mill to haul the sugar cane from the fields to the region’s Mill before switching over to diesel locomotives. The historic track on which these trains run has been in existence for over a century.
A trip on board the Bally Hooley from the Bally Hooley Station at The Reef Marina through to St. Crispins Station and return, is a leisurely one hour trip. Departing The Reef Marina Station, enjoy a panoramic view over the Harbour, before the train passes through tropical mangroves set against a stunning backdrop of the Daintree mountain ranges. After a quick stop at the Mirage Country Club and at QT Resort, the train heads on towards the picturesque St. Crispins Station where the vibrant lakeside Choo Choos cafe is located. St. Crispins Station is also located close to the Ramada, Rydges Reef and Pool resorts. While the locomotive is un-coupled, and prepared for your return journey, you may like to enjoy a brunch, lunch, a refreshing drink or an ice cream at Choo Choos while taking in the grand lake view and the panoramic Mirage golf course.
The service is staffed by a dedicated team of railway enthusiasts, who love sharing its story.
Then it’s “All Aboard” for your return journey to the Marina. You may arrive just in time for sunset specials at the new Choo Choos at the Marina, where today's catch of prawns are fresh from the boat!
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