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Take to the Tracks in Queensland, Australia

Spirit of Queensland
Train Tours Queensland Australia
Queensland Australia

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.

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

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

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