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The Workshops Rail Museum

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Address: North Street, Ipswich, Queensland 4305, Australia
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+61 7 3432 5100
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00

All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural...

All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation.Make history come alive with hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery.Meet some true Aussie characters as you step into a real heritage railway workshop and see it in operation, just as it has been for over 140 years. See genuine restoration of the Heritage Steam Train Fleet up close and hear living history from railway workers – plus a few tall stories!Explore over 15 larger-than-life exhibits to discover the enormous impact rail has had on our lives, beautifully restored carriages, the largest model railway of beautiful Queensland, the future of rail and treasured icons including the Vice-Regal carriage and Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive.Located in historic Ipswich, just 40 mins from Brisbane and 70 mins from the Gold Coast. The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

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Great museum

Had a great day out with my 2 and 5 year old. They had a wonderful day. It was quite a warm day and there are limited areas to cool off but one was where they had train tables set... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Deb W
Caloundra, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My dad worked in the railways for 44 years in NSW and he had heard about the rail museum and really wanted to go. I took him there for christmas along with my two kids. Firstly, parking is pathetic. You park some distance away from the museum and the spots fill up quickly. I got there about 10:00am and had... More 

Thank ReDDvL
Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great day out with my 2 and 5 year old. They had a wonderful day. It was quite a warm day and there are limited areas to cool off but one was where they had train tables set up and the children could push trains around the track. Also loved looking at the trains on display and pretending... More 

Thank Deb W
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with my two little grandchildren who had a wonderful time with lots of activities for them to interact in as well as history lessons for older folk... highlight for 4 year old grandson was the train ride round the complex with a driver who obviously enjoyed her job . All staff were friendly and the Fat Controller delightful!

Thank Wendy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited during the Thomas the tank visit, and even though my boys were not interested in Thomas (many kids were) there was heaps of other things to do and see.

Thank Andrew B
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place looks impressive from the outside. It's a mass of buildings filled with all sorts of trains and train related activities. It was $63 for two adults and up to 4 children. Then on top of that you pay $3 each for a pathetic mini train ride. I mean it just loops around the entry area. Then inside there... More 

Thank Amy_Sash
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to spend a day here and still miss a lot Some great exhibitions and the way it used to be on the railways so long ago Great day, there's food onsite which is good it's slightly more expensive but the convenience is worth it The workshop tour very good but you need enclosed shoes to do it

Thank Mick247
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My little one loves visiting and always has an amazing time. We especially love when Thomas comes to town. Staff are wonderful :) the place is much bigger than i thought and there is plenty to do for kids and adults alike. My little one loved the simulated train driver part. Thumbs up!

Thank leeleer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The kids had a great time in the air conditioned play area and the other play area. They really enjoyed the Thomas theme.

Thank MrsMRG
Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

WE visited here on Boxing Day to celebrate our grandsons 4th birthday. he is a train fanatic and the Day out with Thomas was a perfect celebration for him. The trains are beautifully kept and exhibited although a few seemed to be closed today. We loved the tilt train simulator and our grandson thought it was great fun to drive... More 

Thank 2Eliza_12
Thirsk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kids under 7 or 8 will love this place. Lots on interactive things to do and plenty of toys to play on. Older kids would really need to be into trains to spend more than an hour here. The cafe is also good value with friendly staff adding to the experience.

Thank Gary B

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