Spirit of the Outback

Queensland Rail

  • Route: Brisbane - Longreach
  • Duration: 1 night (24 hours)
  • Distance: 1325 kilometres
  • Frequency: Two times weekly (See timetables)
  • Special needs: Wheelchair access, Dietary needs

About the Spirit of the Outback

A realistic, up-front view of Queensland's captivating outback - enjoyed in the comfort of air-conditioned, authentically-themed surrounds. On its journey west, the 'Spirit of the Outback' ventures through the heritage towns of Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine before arriving in Longreach, home to the famous Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum and the Outback Heritage Centre.

Extended touring packages are available, offering coach connections to Winton and visits to a host of surrounding attractions including the Historic Wellshot Hotel, Lark Quarry Dinosaur Footprints, Blackall's Woolscour and Jacky Howe, the Australian Worker's Heritage Centre and the Waltzing Matilda Cultural Centre.

The Spirit of the Outback has been a favourite with Australian and international travellers alike for 10 years, due to the social atmosphere onboard and the spectacular views afforded throughout the 24 hour journey.

Passengers are accommodated either in sleeping berths (for one, two or three people) or in seats. The sleeping berths feature a range of amenities to ensure comfortable journey, including bedding, wash basins, wardrobes and access to shower facilities.

Dining onboard 'The Spirit of the Outback' is an experience in itself with the themed restaurant car serving hearty Aussie meals. While the club and lounge cars are ideal for a quiet drink or chat with fellow passengers.

You can even take your car to the Outback with you, thanks to Queensland Rail Travel's Motorail service. This service is subject to conditions and is priced at $165.00.

'The Spirit of the Outback' consists of 15 carraiges accommodating up to 204 passengers.

Past travellers on the Spirit of the Outback

"Can not speak highly enough of the staff. They did a really fantastic job and kept their spirits up the whole time. Could not have asked for a better service. These people definitely made travel by train worthwhile"
- (Bouldercombe, Australia)

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Spirit of the Outback

Queensland Rail

Reservation enquiries

Within Australia: 1300 131 722
International: +617 3235 7322


Online bookings for the Spirit of the Outback

Bookings for the Spirit of the Outback can be made at our Queensland Rail Travel website.

You'll be asked to choose a train journey and then you can book accommodation and activities.

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Online bookings are fully secure.

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