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 Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport 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 The HOT guide to Australia with Princess Cruises Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 12 Top Spots to see Aussie Wildlife, in the Wild Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.