Get Inspired / Regional Queensland / Tropical North Queensland / Brisbane Take to the Tracks in Queensland, Australia Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Regional Queensland / Tropical North Queensland / Brisbane Take to the Tracks in Queensland, Australia story by: Inspire Queensland As you gaze out your window and witness the sheer size and beauty of the Queensland landscape, say a mental "thank you!" to the Queensland Government, who in 1865 recognised that rail was the best way to provide regular, efficient access to people, places and goods in areas that were otherwise difficult to reach. The Queensland rail system boasts a total route network of over 8,000 kilometres, which means that wherever you’re planning to holiday there’s no better way to see it than by rail. It’s a great way to get from A to B and also for exploring. The Explorer Pass, for example, gives you unlimited stops from Brisbane to Cairns, making it the perfect way to travel almost the entire East Coast of Queensland. It also allows you to head into the Outback, taking in centres like Mt Isa and Longreach. Rail provides a fascinating insight into this country, so if your journey is just as important as your destination, then rail is a great choice. SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK (BRISBANE - LONGREACH) If you’re interested in the heritage and scenery of the Australian Outback, a visit to Longreach is well worthwhile and getting there by train is almost compulsory. The journey from Brisbane to Longreach takes around 24 hours, along the way you’ll get to sample authentic Queensland tucker, share a drink or two with your fellow travellers in the Lounge Car and enjoy the untamed scenery. DEPARTS: 2 per week DURATION : 24 hours SPIRIT OF QUEENSLAND (BRISBANE – CAIRNS) Travelling from Brisbane to Cairns two times weekly in either direction this is a great way to get to your holiday destination. Travel in comfort, at speed, and soak up some of the stunning coastal scenery along the way. Relax in the new RailBed, a spacious seat by day that converts to a lie-flat bed for the evening. With stops in such key spots as Mackay, Proserpine and Townsville, it’s perfect if you’re heading to the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island or Hervey Bay. DEPARTS: 2 per week DURATION: 25 hours Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Alexandra Alexandra Ashburton Ashburton Auckland Albany Botany Junction Devonport St Heliers: St Heliers Browns Bay Parnell New Lynn: LynnMall Milford Whangaparaoa Newmarket Ellerslie Ponsonby Remuera Howick Takapuna Takanini Balclutha Balclutha Blenheim Blenheim Cambridge Cambridge Christchurch Barrington Central/City: On Victoria Upper Riccarton High Street Lanes Hornby Merivale Papanui: Northlands Riccarton: Riccarton Road Shirley Ferrymead Coromandel Coromandel Dunedin Dunedin Gore Gore Greymouth Greymouth Hamilton City East: Calder & Lawson Hamilton City: Hamilton City Hastings Hastings Havelock North Havelock North Hokitika Hokitika Invercargill Invercargill Kerikeri Kerikeri Masterton Masterton Matamata Matamata Morrinsville Morrinsville Motueka Motueka Nelson Nelson New Plymouth New Plymouth Oamaru Oamaru Orewa Orewa Palmerston North City: Stephen Parsons City: Broadway Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Queenstown Wakatipu Rangiora Rangiora Richmond Richmond Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Taupo Tauranga Mt Maunganui Papamoa the Crossing Tauranga CBD Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Timaru Timaru Wanaka Wanaka Wanganui Wanganui Wellington City: Hunter St Lower Hutt Johnsonville City: Featherston Street Westport Westport Whangarei Whangarei I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Port Douglas' Top 5 Delectable Dining Venues Read more Add or remove from Wishlist An Air, Land and Sea Adventure in Tropical North Queensland Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.