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The Sunlander - Australia's most popular rail journey
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The Sunlander is one of Australia's most popular and
endearing rail journeys and it's not surprising!
This beautiful, classic train meanders its way along
Australia's incredible north-eastern coastline of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts
in the south via tropical lowlands, mountain ranges, parklands and pure white
sands to where the Great Barrier Reef meets the timeless Daintree Wilderness in
From cosmopolitan Brisbane, Queensland's sub-tropical
capital, to laid back Cairns through towns, wilderness, rain forest and
tropical beaches it's an stunning journey - just sit back and enjoy the
The Sunlander takes approximately 32 hours between Brisbane
and Cairns and travels three times a week in either direction with many stops
along the way to choose from.
- Departs Brisbane Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
- Departs Cairns Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- Brisbane-Whitsundays vv: around 32 hours
- Brisbane-Whitsundays vv: around 19 hours
- Brisbane-Cairns vv: around 12 hours
- Concessionary fares available on request, subject to
There are also connecting Trainlink Coaches to transfer you
the last short distances to and from the four rail stations of:
- Nambour for the Sunshine Coast
- Maryborough West for Hervey Bay and Fraser Island
- Rockhampton to Yeppoon
- Proserpine for Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays
The Sunlander includes a buffet car which offers a variety
of takeaway meals and light refreshments, bar service, tea and coffee are
available for purchase and a lounge car for the perfect place to sit back and
enjoy a relaxing drink in comfortable surroundings. Your every need is catered
The Sunlander offers three levels of service, Seats,
Sleepers or for a real rail experience Queenslander Class:
Open saloon cars with an overhead luggage rack, individual reading lights,
panoramic windows and toilets and washbasins at the end of each carriage.
Featuring three berths converting to seats during the day with a washbasin,
reading lights and a power point. A blanket, lower sheet, pillow and pillow
slip is provided for each passenger and showers and toilets are available at
the end of each carriage.
(Twinettes): Featuring washbasin, wardrobe, reading lights and power point
with bedding and towels provided. Berths convert to seats during the day and
showers and toilets are available at the end of each carriage.
(Roomettes): Featuring washbasin, wardrobe, reading lights and a power
point with bedding and towels provided. Berths convert to seats during the day
and showers and toilets are available at the end of each carriage.
Twin Sleepers: For a real rail experience, twice a week in either direction
The Sunlander includes the premium all-inclusive carriages of Queenslander Class featuring first class Twin
Sleeper accommodation, fine dining in the Restaurant Car, a Lounge and Bar,
exceptional service and a host of other extra special touches.