Take in the scenery
There’s something inherently romantic about travelling by rail – and it’s also a great way to get to Tropical North Queensland. The Spirit of Queensland train runs from Brisbane to Cairns, a 1681km journey that takes 24 hours. The train departs Brisbane five times a week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 3.45pm.
It’s an incredible way to take in the stunning Queensland scenery, travelling along the coast past rolling farmland and misty mountains. It makes a number of stops along the way, including Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine, Townsville and Innisfail.
On board, there are two options – Premium Economy and RailBed. Premium Economy has reclining leather seats in a spacious two-by-two layout with an in-seat entertainment system. If you like to travel in style, RailBed seats fully recline into a flat bed with linen. You’ll even be served chef-prepared three-course meals right in your seat. There are also showers on board as well as a licensed Club Car serving meals and snacks throughout the journey.