Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway

Multiple Locations

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 Center 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.

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our tours

Historic Box Flat Mining Loop

30 minute trip around the Historic Box Flat Mining loop finishing back at the Bundamba Racecourse Station in TL Cooney Drive.

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$12.00 $12.00
The Swanbank Picnic Train

You can either join the train at Racecourse Station or Swanbank Station and are able to return by a later train should you wish to picnic by the lake and explore the mining heritage of the Swanbank region or maybe have a lunch at the Racehorse Hotel.

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$9.00 $18.00
Swinging Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Ride in the glorious surrounds of the Newly Restored Sunlander Dining carriages of the 1950s as we turn back the clock to 1965 and the days of the "Underbelly" gang feuds. You get to work out who dun it with the assistance of Officer Rhodes as our train passes through the pleasant surrounds of the Swanbank Branch line on its twilight journey.

When you join the train, it has been stopped enroute to Brisbane after a murder has been discovered on the tracks ahead. Joining you at this station are four new passengers who boarding the train, each with a different connection to the deceased.

Do you think you have the power to work out who the murder is? Then join us for a delicious meal in our refurbished dining cars, watch the murder mystery in action and take a trip on the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway while you get stuck into the detective work. A unique event for all ages.

Dress up in your swingingest 60s costume and join in the fun.

Full 3 course dinner served on board, wine and spirits service

​Vegetarian and gluten free options available

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$110 $110

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Autumn Drift Matsuri

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$30.00 - 50.00
3 March 2018
Queensland Raceways holds two major drifting events each year, and both are full of non-stop action. With previous year's events entries filling up in record time, there's sure to be over 200 cars on show for the weekend.

O'Reilly's Autumn Bird Week

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
4 – 9 March 2018
Join bird lovers from far and wide af O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat’s famed Autumn Bird Week from Sunday 4 to Friday 9 March, 2018. Home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds, explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park on guided tours and witness migratory birds preparing to leave for wintering grounds further a field.

CMC Rocks Queensland 2018

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$79 - 670
16 – 18 March 2018
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Queensland Drag Racing Championships

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$18 - 20
Monthly from 16 March 2018
The Queensland Drag Racing Championships bring racers from all across the state to compete for a prestigious QDRC trophy at Willowbank Raceway, delivering high-octane action for both racers and spectators.

SEQ Expo

Jimboomba, Logan City Area
From AU$10 - 10
16 – 18 March 2018
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Santo's Super Thunder

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$25.00 - 35.00
30 March 2018
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Japanese Nationals

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$20.00 - 40.00
14 – 15 April 2018
The Japanese Nationals is the premiere Japanese manufacturer meet for all die hard JDM fans. With two days of non-stop JDM swag including Time Attack, Show N' Shine, Cruising and a one day Drift Matsuri you will have a hard time getting it in to one weekend!

Dust Hustle 6: Biddaddaba

Tabragalba, Scenic Rim Area
21 April 2018
The wildest event on the Dust Hustle™ calendar, Dust Hustle 6: Biddaddaba is “The Riders’ Event” for 2018. Three tracks will be spread across the rolling grass hills to test your enthusiasm for the inappropriate.

Ipswich Festival of Cars

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$20 - 40
21 – 22 April 2018
The Ipswich Festival of Cars is a two day race event for many popular racing categories. It features the Willowbank 300 a 300 kilometre for sedan and sports based cars that tests endurance and tactics in one of Queensland premier endurance races.

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Peak Crossing, Ipswich Area
From AU$75 - 209
28 April 2018
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