Railway bush culture rolls into town for weekend of family fun

07 May 2013

Bush Picnic DayThe pioneering spirit of rail and its connection to rural Queensland will be brought to life with the Bush Picnic event at The Workshops Rail Museum on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May.

Bush Picnic invites visitors to kick back with performances by Australian folk artists Penny Davis and Roger Ilott, listen to a good scrub yarn by Daryll Bellingham and enjoy the essence of the outback.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event highlights the rural culture attached to the railways vast history.

“The railway played a major role in the development of the state, making goods and services available to those in the outback. We're giving an Akubra nod to that contribution through Bush Picnic,” Mr Moritz said.

“We're delighted to be able to capture these elements of our unique rural culture and make it available to our visitors, especially those who haven't experienced it before.”

The Museum grounds are in the limelight with activities on throughout the weekend such as damper and billy tea making with Farmer Phill, Bush games with Jack Roo.

Parents will appreciate the train themed indoor adventure playground Nippers Railway and hands-on Science Station exhibits to let our young visitors let off some steam while learning about all things rail.

Bush Picnic goers can enjoy the sights of south east Queensland as they travel just as ancestors did aboard a heritage steam train for a return trip from the Museum to Grandchester on 18 May. Bookings are essential and additional charges apply.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own tucker and relax on the lawns or use the picnic tables, or alternatively the Trackside Café is open for morning tea and lunch.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

For further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.