Getting There

Outback Queensland can be accessed by air, rail and road. Once you arrive, the well maintained highways and roads (mostly sealed) that connect the towns make travelling through the region easier than most would think.


With around 4 hours travel distance between towns on the main travel routes, you are never far from a cold drink and a friendly face. For those that want to 4WD on the road less travelled, take an alternative route between towns and follow the nature tracks and little used back roads to explore this remarkable part of Australia.


Spirit of the Outback

This fascinating journey between Brisbane and Longreach offers a unique insight into the history and culture of early Australia, with the captivating onboard commentary. Soak in the social atmosphere as you enjoy hearty Australian fare in the Dining Car, or a relaxing drink in the Lounge Car. From the comfort of your seat or sleeper you’ll wonder at the ever changing landscape, as the train moves from the coast into the heart of the Outback. With its rugged mountains, wide open plains and historic towns, this scenic journey will linger in your memory.

On its journey west, Spirit of the Outback passes through the heritage towns of Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine before arriving in Longreach, home to the famous Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Spirit of the Outback departs Brisbane on Tuesday and Saturday, and Longreach on Monday and Thursday.

The Westlander

Discover the pioneering spirit of Outback Queensland with a journey onboard The Westlander. This 777km scenic journey from Brisbane travels across the Great Dividing Range and through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs to Charleville, the largest town in south west Queensland. You’ll enjoy a comfortable journey, where you can sit back, unwind and watch the striking scenery pass you by. A range of meals and light refreshments including hot and cold takeaway snacks, drinks and confectionery are available from the Club Car, providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

An array of Outback experiences await you at your destination, including stargazing at the Cosmos Centre, the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the opal fields of the south west. Connect to a coach service to explore even more of the Outback with a visit to the nearby towns of Cunnamulla and Quilpie.  The Westlander departs Brisbane on Tuesday and Thursday, and Charleville on Wednesday and Friday.


The Inlander

Experience the heritage and natural treasures of north Queensland’s rugged yet beautiful inland, onboard The Inlander. This historic journey from the tropical city of Townsville to the mining centre of Mount Isa takes you past Charters Towers and through the Great Dividing Range before delivering you into the heart of Australia. From here you can visit the Outback Isa complex, or one of north Queensland’s many natural wonders, such as Lawn Hill National Park. Enjoy a range of meals and light refreshments including hot and cold takeaway snacks, drinks and confectionery available from the Buffet Car, providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Upon arrival in Mount Isa the adventure continues with a range of attractions including prehistoric exhibits at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and underground mine tours. The Inlander departs Townsville on Sunday and Thursday, and Mount Isa on Monday and Friday.

Allow Queensland Rail travel to plan your next holiday or ultimate rail journey by calling 1800 627 655 or visit


Qantas Airlines

Qantas operates a daily service between Brisbane and Mount Isa, Brisbane and Longreach and Brisbane and Charleville

For bookings and/or more information call 13 13 13 or visit

Rex Airways

‘Our Heart is in the Country’ – Rex has its roots firmly in the bush and in country Australia. A regular sight in country New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and now also servicing Queensland. With decades of experience in servicing the bush Rex flies scheduled flights from Townsville to Mount Isa, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden, Winton and Longreach. For bookings and/or more information call 13 17 13 or visit

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