When road trips in Outback Queensland come with thousands of kilometres, you’d be excused for looking for someone to share the driving load.
Enter train travel with Queensland Rail’s Spirit of the Outback, where comfort and style reign supreme and you don’t have to worry about a thing (except what you would like for lunch and dinner).
Jump on board with these nine reasons to travel by rail to the Outback.
1. Comfort is Key
Forget packing up the car, stocking the centre console with mints, and brushing up on your road signage – you don’t have to get behind the wheel on this trip.
All you have to do is sit back, relax, and let the train take you to your destination.
2.You can lay down
If the incredibly comfy recliner chairs in the seated carriages have put you to sleep, then continue your snooze in one of the sleeper cabins.
3. Your mind goes out the window
Say goodbye to tiny airplane windows or staring at the bitumen from behind the wheel, and say hello to wide views of the vast outback landscapes as you wind through them.
4. You get a taste of the region with the on board restaurant
Made from locally sourced produce and catering for vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free patrons, the on board cuisine will treat your tastebuds to a holiday – and that’s before you’ve even arrived.
5. You can cover a lot of ground
Sure, flying is faster, but tracking along the outback plains allows you to see it all up close, without the distraction of focusing on the road.
6. There are entertainment options up the wazoo
Travelling with someone who prefers the aisle seat? No problemo, they’ll be kept occupied with the selection movies, TV shows, and radio stations while you take in all the jaw-dropping views.
7. There’s a dunny at your disposal
When embarking on the great Outback adventure by car, there’s one thing you’re missing. Yup, you guessed it, bathroom facilities.
Known for its remoteness, you’ll be thankful for the lavatory at the end of your carriage once you hear how far away the next town is.
8. You get the beauty of the Outback, minus the heat
If you’re not one that copes well with temperatures higher than 25, then get your eskimo-loving self onto the train.
You can kick back, enjoy delicious meals, and explore the Outback from perfectly climate-controlled conditions.
9. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg to go First Class
Think a private sleeper suite, exclusive dining and lounge area, portable entertainment, and a welcome package filled with organic men’s and women’s products. You’re welcome.