A Tropical Journey on the Spirit of Queensland

There are plenty of reasons why Queensland’s stunning coastline is one of the most popular holiday spots for both locals, interstate travellers and international guests alike. From relaxed, tropical townships to palm-lined beaches and expansive, lush rainforests – what’s not to love!

One of the best ways to experience this paradise part of Australia is via Queensland Rail who have recently celebrated 150 years of rail in the state. Their tracks run deep within the history of the state, from moving soldiers during World War II to ferrying livestock and coal during Queensland’s massive resources boom. It has also been a crucial part of opening up the many treasures of the state to tourists from all around the world.

The Spirit of Queensland is the north’s iconic train experience, with her sleek modern carriages dashing between Brisbane and Cairns in 24 memorable hours five times a week. It’s a comfortable and convenient way to access spectacular holiday destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Townsville, Cairns and everywhere in between.

(Cairns morning by the Esplanade – Photography for Tourism & Events Queensland)

Once on-board you’ll understand why it’s the flat out winner. Firstly, her high-tech tilt design means she effortlessly reaches speeds of up to 160 kph, while delivering her passengers an ultra-smooth ride.

Spirit of Queensland’s second flat out advantage are her space-age seats that convert to a lie-totally-flat bed, complete with a cosy, thick mattress topper and fresh, crisp linen.

And the technology-enabled amenities keep rolling on. When you can tear yourself away from the mesmerising tropical landscapes unfolding in the huge panoramic window, just recline your seat and turn on your personal 18 inch screen entertainment unit. You’ll delight in the impressive selection of movies, entertainment and music at the beck and call of your fingertips.

Then when you’re ready to stretch your legs or you fancy a drink with fellow passengers, simply amble along to the Club Car for friendly chitchat, travel tale swapping and the camaraderie of new-found chums. Perhaps you’re hungry to discover what’s on the delicious all-inclusive menu, served with a smile at your plush space-age seat. The menu brings a paddock to plate experience with meals prepared using the freshest Queensland produce. A selection of Queensland wines and beverages are also available. RailBed customers can enjoy all-inclusive meals served directly to their seat.

Now that’s the new spirit of contemporary rail travel: all mod cons, super comfort and quietly efficient, nothing’s-too-much-trouble, warm hospitality. The Spirit of Queensland will delight as you explore the highlights of Queensland’s magical coastline!

Explore our popular holidays featuring the magical Spirit of Queensland:

Queensland, The Tropics & The Northern Great Barrier Reef | 9 nights departing various dates from $4,329 per person twin share (save $150 pp on bookings until 31 March 2019)
Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails. Small ship cruising with a maximum of 44 guests onboard, experience the World Heritage-listed reef from private moorings away from the tourist crowds with the expedition experts. Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours. Learn more.

Queensland, The Tropics & The Southern Great Barrier Reef | 8 nights departing various dates from $3,879 per person twin share (save $100 pp on bookings until 31 March 2019)
Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails. Small ship cruising with a maximum of 44 guests onboard, experience the World Heritage-listed reef from private moorings away from the tourist crowds with the expedition experts. Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours. Learn more.

East Coast from Tail to Top with Indian Pacific, Spirit of Queensland & Pacific Aria | 11 nights departing 1 October 2019 from $4,329 per person twin share
Discover the charm of rail travel aboard the Indian Pacific & Spirit of Queensland. Relax aboard Sea Princess as she carries you up the East Coast. Immerse yourself in the surrounds of the sub-tropical rainforest of the Green Mountains. Tour through the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda village surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforest. Learn more.

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