By Stacey Dadd
There is just something about things in miniature form that makes them so much cuter, don’t you think? I mean think about it: miniature ponies, tiny dolls’ houses, miniature puppies, tea-cup pigs. Why is it when things are shrunk down they become so much more fun?!
Well-known train aficionado Sheldon Cooper (you know, from The Big Bang Theory) explains it simply: “The tinier the train, the more concentrated the fun,”
That’s just what you’ll find here in the picturesque town of Toodyay, just a 45-minute drive from Midland. Set in the recently refurbished and upgraded Duidgee Park, in the heart of town, is a 1.1km miniature railway that runs through stunning bushland alongside the Avon River. Complete with diesel engines, battery-operated trains and even a coal-fire steam locomotive, you’ll be sure to earn your train driving badge in no time.
Now it’s been a long time since I’ve taken a ride on the miniature railway, ahem, shall we say almost 20 years?! But now that I have a son of my own I just knew I had to take him along for a ride, so off we went, one gloriously sunny day, for a spin around the tracks. Naturally Dad, Grandma and Grandad came along for the ride too and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure who had more fun, the kids or the adults!
Throw in a packed picnic lunch which you can enjoy at one of the many park barbecues and benches while the kids run rampant on the huge selection of play equipment, all while overlooking the lovely Avon River, and you’ve got yourselves a perfect weekend.
Oh and did I mention that tickets are only $3 for adults and $2 for kids?! Talk about an affordable day out. You can even book the train for excursions and birthday parties. Who wouldn’t love that?!
These gorgeous little trains run between 11am-3pm on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, from April to November, with extra runs on Wednesdays during the school holidays
For more information, contact the Toodyay Visitors Centre,
www.toodyay.com or on 9574 2435.