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TRAIN TRIPS FOR SPRING
& SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Gift Vouchers Available
ACT Division Inc.
Full details - www.trains.org.au
Monday - Friday 10 - 3
• Heritage Steam Trains to Bungendore
- Sunday 16 October (Market Day):
- Sunday 20 November (Market Day):
Book now for our steam-hauled trains departing from Canberra
Station 10.30am, returning at 3.35pm. with time in Bungendore
to visit local attractions & enjoy lunch. Tunnels, bridges & the climb
through the Molonglo Gorge & over the hills. Travel in carriages
around 100 years old Spoil yourselves with optional First Class
travel (including refreshments) on all weekend steam train trips -
also see the model railway exhibition in Bungendore on 16 Oct.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY HERITAGE TRAIN ACTIVITIES:
• Steam Train to Bungendore - Thursday 6 Oct:
Similar to weekend steam trains described above except no First
Class option & train departs Canberra 12.15pm, back at 3.35pm.
• Half-day Vintage Rail Motor Trips to Bungendore:
- Tuesday 11 October (School Holidays):
3-hour trips departing Canberra at 9am and 12.50pm.
A rollicking good ride with views out the front & back of the train.
- Saturday 15 October (School Holidays):
Departing Canberra at 10.30am, back around 3.30pm - see
the model railway exhibition in Bungendore .
• The Restaurant Train to Bungendore
Saturday 13 November: Our unique dinner train to
Bungendore offers a leisurely journey in daylight saving time
through the Molonglo Gorge with a 3-course dinner freshly
prepared on board. Table seating for 4 or 8 or larger
celebration groups can book a carriage.
• Christmas Party Trains to Tarago
- Saturday 26 November:
- Saturdays 3 & 10 December (booked out):
Get a group of friends together for a fun night out with
dinner on board and drinks from our licensed bar. Live
music, dancing & refreshments at Tarago, with dancing in
the Dance/Lounge Car on the way home. It’s a hoot!
• New Year’s Eve Federal City Express to Sydney
- Saturday 9.15am 31 December - Sunday 10am 1 January:
Enjoy the fabulous spectacle and fun of Sydney’s marvellous New
Year’s Eve fireworks & harbourside celebrations, returning to
Canberra overnight in sleeping car comfort. Lunch & breakfast
on the train. A great way to get there. Colour brochure available .
Looking for a special way to celebrate? Why not enjoy
the party or occasion in a special vintage train with great
local destination choices organised to suit your timing -
much cheaper and easier than you think!
See trains.org.au for further details.
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
All booking are accepted on the basis that prospective passengers
have read and agree to our full terms & conditions which may be
viewed on our website - www.trains.org.au
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Senior Ranger Joel Patterson demonstrates snake handling with a red-
bellied black snake.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Watch out, snakes about
AS spring starts to heat up, ACT residents are being warned
to be on the lookout for snakes.
Eight snake species live in and around Canberra, but only
a few of these are likely to be found in suburban gardens.
The eastern brown snake is seen most frequently, while
the red-bellied black snake is quite common and tiger and
copperhead snakes are only seen occasionally.
Territory and Municipal Services ranger Nadia Kuzman-
oski said she and her colleagues received numerous calls
regarding snake sightings around Canberra every year.
“If you do come across a snake I urge you not attempt
to catch or kill it, as harassing the reptile may cause it to
try and defend itself by striking,’’ she said.
She said snakes were a protected species in the ACT and
killing or harming them was an offence under the Nature
‘‘Our wildlife rangers receive extensive snake handling
training and their advice is to leave snakes alone. Snakes
are usually much more frightened of people than we are of
them,” Ms Kuzmanoski said.
Snakes are most active between the months of October
and March, and tend to enter gardens in search of food and
Keeping lawns and gardens well-maintained, ensuring
pet food and water bowls are not accessible, and keeping
compost heaps above the ground to reduce mouse
populations can discourage snakes from entering your
“Residents shouldn’t be alarmed as snakes do not
normally take up residence in suburban yards because of
the lack of shelter and their fear of human activity,’’ Ms
■ A ‘‘Living with Snakes’’ fact sheet is available at
www.tams.act.gov.au. If residents see a snake at their home
or work they should contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
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