Head north to the Tropics

One of the longest rail journeys in Australia, The Sunlander is a 1,691-kilometre service between the Queensland capital Brisbane and the tropical northern city of Cairns. Meandering along the scenic coastal strip between Queensland's sandy beaches and the Great Diving Range, the train trundles past the cragged peaks of the Glasshouse Mountains before ploughing through North Queensland's sugar cane country and into the steamy tropical north.

Considered one of Australia's best rail journeys, The Sunlander makes its leisurely thrice-weekly trip north in a time of 31 hours. Renowned for its convivial onboard atmosphere and the friendliness of both passengers and crew, The Sunlander is a popular service for both enthusiastic rail buffs and those simply looking to make some new friends along the way.

Classes of Travel

Queenslander Class

Queenslander Class is The Sunlander's premium rail travel experience, featuring twin-berth sleeper cabins and exclusive fine dining in the train's opulent restaurant car, where passengers enjoy three-course meals made from the freshest Queensland produce. A specially-produced seafood platter between Townsville and Cairns is a renowned culinary highpoint, while Queenslander Class passengers also enjoy onboard commentary and entertainment.

Economy Class

Economy Class options on The Sunlander include single, twin or triple-berth cabins featuring coach-style seating. All cabins feature seats which convert to sleeping berths at night and include washbasins, reading lights, power points and bedding amenities, while twin and triple-berths also feature a foldaway table. Full bathroom facilities are available at the end of carriage. Economy Class passengers may access the Buffet Car and Club Car to enjoy a wide array of meals, snacks and beverages. The Buffet Car features sit-down dining, while the Club Car allows passengers to enjoy snacks and drinks with fellow travel companions in an informal atmosphere.

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