Small price rise to keep steam train on track

The Australian Sugar Cane Railway steam train at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

A small increase for a ticket to ride on the steam train or diesel locomotives at the Botanic Gardens has reluctantly been announced by the Australian Sugar Cane Railway (ASCR).

In only its third fare increase since the popular service commenced 21 years ago in 1988, it will now cost $5 for an adult fare and $2 for school aged children to ride the train.

A family ticket for two adults and two children or more is $14.

Steam train at Botanic Gardens
The diesel engine train at the Botanic Gardens.

The increase will go some way to assist the volunteer enthusiasts associated with the ASCR in continuing the service for the pleasure of visitors.

Maintaining steam and diesel locomotives, rolling stock, regulatory costs like insurance and infrastructure including rail lines, sleepers and platform structures comes at a significant cost for organisations like the ASCR.

The new prices will come into effect from this Sunday, March 3.

The locomotive service which chugs through the Botanic Gardens every Sunday from 10am is a popular attraction with visitors and has carried more than 600,000 passengers.


  1. Fantastic engine, thanks to volunteers. It’s good value. Ignore whingers. Politicians should donate.

  2. Great ride, my Kiwi friends loved the little train. So much easier than walking, we just sat back, relax and took in all the surrounding beautiful gardens. Bring more visitors next month.

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