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Queensland Rail Travel

When you take an Outback adventure, you don’t want to miss a minute of the breathtaking scenery. Onboard the train you can relax, enjoy the stunning landscapes and blue skies as you journey through Queensland’s Outback. Queensland Rail Travel offers a choice of three rail journeys across Queensland’s Outback with twice weekly return services to each region as well as the iconic Gulflander, a 1950 railmotor in the Gulf Savannah region.

Spirit of the Outback

  • Route: Brisbane to Longreach with a coach connection to Winton
  • Distance: 1325 kilometres
  • Departs Brisbane: Tuesday at 6:10pm and Saturday at 1:55pm,
    arrives Longreach 3.30pm next day
  • Departs Longreach: Monday and Thursday at 10:00am, arrives in
    Brisbane 11.55am next day

Spirit of the Outback offers a unique insight into the history and culture of Australia with a journey between Brisbane and Longreach – with a direct coach connection to Winton. Experience travel in a private Sleeper cabin with a comfortable seat during the day that converts into a bed at night. Enjoy freshly prepared meals in the restaurant and relax in the Shearers Rest Lounge. Travel is also available in an Economy Seat with a selection of take-away meals, light refreshments and drinks are available to purchase from the Lounge. Whether you are travelling all the way or stopping in between, there is plenty to explore. From fossicking sapphires and gems near Anakie, exploring ancient Aboriginal rock art in Carnarvon Gorge, (450 kilometres from Emerald), or further west to towns of Ilfracombe and Barcaldine.


  • Route: Brisbane to Charleville with coach connections to Quilpie and
  • Distance: 777 kilometres
  • Departs Brisbane: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15pm
  • Departs Charleville: Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:15pm

Westlander travels between Brisbane and Charleville through the diverse farmlands of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs and the Mulga country of southwest Queensland. Travel in the comfort of an Economy Seat, you can hop up and stretch your legs throughout the journey. Head to the lounge where you can relax, buy a drink and watch the wide-open landscapes roll by. You could stop over in Roma and explore the Carnarvon Range with its ancient Aboriginal rock art or travel further west to the Mulga country of Charleville – with coach connections further to Quilpie or Cunnamulla – to fossick for an opal of your own, or just wind down with a soak in some Artesian baths.


  • Route: Townsville to Mount Isa
  • Distance: 977 kilometres
  • Departs Townsville: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:40pm
  • Departs Mount Isa: Sundays and Thursdays at 1:30pm

In north Queensland, take the Inlander to explore natural and prehistoric treasures from Townsville to Mount Isa. Travel in the comfort of an Economy Seat you can hop up and stretch your legs throughout the journey. Head to the lounge where you can relax, buy a drink and watch the wide-open landscapes roll by. Hop off and explore the historic town of Charters Towers, the fossil collections in Hughenden and the ancient underwater marine reptile collections in Richmond. As you venture further west, you’ll travel through the towns of Julia Creek, Cloncurry before arriving in the city of Mount Isa.


  • Route: Normanton to Croydon
  • Distance: 152 kilometres
  • Departs Normanton: Wednesday at 8:30am
  • Departs Croydon: Thursday at 8:30am
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Shorter excursions available from Normanton and Croydon,
    generally between April to October.

Discover the Gulf Savannah region aboard the Gulflander, a 1950 railmotor. Travel through countryside most people would never see – from wetlands, grasslands to the arid Savannah. Experience the full journey from Normanton to Croydon along the Heritage-listed railway line. Along the way, your Savannah Guide driver will provide commentary on the local history, plant and animal life.

The Savannahlander

  • Route: Cairns to Forsayth
  • Distance: Various (depends on tour route)
  • Check out the tours: Click here
  • Phone: 1800 793 848
  • Email:

The SavannahLander invites travellers to be a part of one of the great rail journeys in Australia. This unique outback rail experience departs Cairns weekly, winding its way through the wet tropics area of the Kuranda range and out through the Savannah country to Forsayth. It is the perfect train to take if you are wishing to experience the natural beauty of the the award winning Cobbold Gorge.

Contact Queensland Rail Travel

Phone: 1800 872 467 (within Australia)