RIGHT ON TRACK: Gayndah Heritage Railway's Des Randall is excited for some old-fashioned fun at Heartland's Railway Picnic on Sunday.
RIGHT ON TRACK: Gayndah Heritage Railway's Des Randall is excited for some old-fashioned fun at Heartland's Railway Picnic on Sunday. Felicity Ripper

Old-fashioned family fun

A PICNIC basket laden with delicious local produce, games that don't require a screen, market stalls and local entertainment, the Gayndah Heritage Railway Family Picnic will provide Heartland goers with good old-fashioned family fun.

With Sunday set for sunshine, there's no better date to roll out a picnic blanket and make some treasured memories with family and friends.

"We want mums and dads to come and have a great day outside with the kids, family picnics are what they used to do together 100 years ago,” Gayndah Heritage Railway's Veronica Andrews said.

But the fun is not just limited to families.

Any groups of four are welcomed to come along: friends, cousins, workmates.

Tickets are $60 per family or group of four, which includes a picnic basket laden with local meat, eggs, cheese, bread, blueberries, avocado, citrus, chutney and more.

"The only thing we're getting from out of town is cheese, as nobody does cheese here, and that's coming from Goomeri,” Ms Andrews said.

"Greg Willis is doing the line marking for us, his son Cameron is helping out with the sport activities and Cam from the butcher is giving us his cold room so, aside from the cheese, everything is local down to the effort.”

Starting today Ms Andrews will begin her journey up to Eidsvold and begin collecting the produce for the picnic, including eggs from Eidsvold and chutney and blueberries from Mundubbera.

"We're also getting pecan nuts from Mundubbera and she's providing them cracked so people can sit there and have that experience of removing the shells together,” Ms Andrews said.

Many of the ticket holders for the cancelled bus tour have transferred their credit to the picnic.

Each group of four will get their own pergola area, picnic basket and picnic rug as well as hay bales to sit on.

Softdrink is included and a bar will be operating.

Tickets are available for purchase now at www.heartlandfestival.com.au.


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