About Bally Hooley Steam Railway

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 in 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 a historic train service between The Reef Marina and St Crispins station. Mowbray is the diesel locomotive travelling on most days, with special Sunday and event appearances by Speedy or Bundy, 55 year old coal-fired steam locomotives.  They were the last trains used by the Mossman Sugar Mill to haul sugarcane to the Mill before switching over to diesel.  The historic track has been in existence for over a century. 

A return trip onboard from Bally Hooley Station to St Crispins Station, is a leisurely 90 minute trip.  Departing the Reef Marina, enjoy a panoramic view over the Harbour, before passing through tropical mangroves.  After a quick stop at the Sheraton Country Club and at QT Resort, head on towards picturesque St Crispins where the vibrant lakeside Choo Choos cafe is located. While the locomotive is uncoupled, and prepared for your return journey,  you may like to enjoy a brunch, lunch, or a refreshing drink while taking in the grand lake view and the scenic 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!

Please visit our website www.ballyhooleyrail.com.au  or ask one of our friendly crew at St Crispins Station or the Bally Hooley Ticket Office at The Reef Marina which is currently staffed on Sundays. We provide an information service with recorded message available on 0403 068 505.

Have you always wanted to have your very own private train?

Well we can make your dreams come true at the Bally Hooley Steam Railway.

Indulge in the opulence of private rail travel by chartering a train for your next function or group outing!

Half or full day charters are available:


  • Half day Standard rate of $1200.00 and includes 4 hours use of the train with full return service over the network
  • Good for weddings or functions where there is a long dwell time between use
  • Additional return trips at $50.00 per return trip during the 4 hour period
  • Day Full day rate of $1,500.00 includes 4 return trips in any 8 hour period
  • Additional returns also at $50.00 per trip

Charters are available 7 days a week but may be restricted on scheduled operating days (Sundays and selected Public Holidays). 

Bookings must be made at least 21 days in advance.

For information call 07 4099 1839 or visit www.ballyhooley.com.au.  Train departs Reef Marina Station most Sundays and Public Holidays.


Contact Details

Bally Hooley Steam Railway
Bally Hooley Station Wharf St
Port Douglas QLD 4877
P: (+61) 403068505
W: http://www.ballyhooleyrail.com.au

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