The Sunlander

Queensland Rail

  • Route: Brisbane - Cairns
  • Duration: 1 night (31 hours)
  • Distance: 1681 kilometres
  • Frequency: Three times weekly (See timetables)
  • Special needs: Wheelchair access, Dietary needs

About The Sunlander

Comfort, flexibility and a great social atmosphere have made 'The Sunlander' one of Australia's great journeys and a firm favourite with travellers between Brisbane and the Tropical North. With its two styles of travel, 'The Sunlander' caters for all travellers, from the very discerning to the budget conscious.

Queenslander Class is a premium, all inclusive* style of travel featuring comfortable, twin-berth accommodation; fine dining in an exclusive restaurant car; and a host of special touches for a memorable experience.

Queensland Class offer an experience which is more than just a train journey, it's a first-hand glimpse into the state's heritage, culture, landscape and cuisine set against a backdrop of superb dining, first-class accommodation and exceptional onboard service.

'The Sunlander' also offers standard single, twin and triple berth sleeping accommodation and seats, all with access to tasty meals and refreshing drinks.

Passengers travelling Queenslander Class enjoy first class accommodation, fine dining in an exclusive restaurant car, entertainment, local commentary and a host of special touches such as comfy bathrobes and slippers.

The dining experience is a highlight for Queenslander Class, with all passengers enjoying sumptuous three-course meals featuring the freshest local produce. The seafood platter served between Townsville and Cairns is undoubtedly the culinary highpoint of the journey for seafood lovers.

The other styles of travel on 'The Sunlander' include single, double and triple berths and seats. All passengers have access to club and buffet cars for meals and refreshments, and a range of facilities.

*Alcohol is sold separately.

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The Sunlander

Queensland Rail

Reservation enquiries

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


Online bookings for The Sunlander

Bookings for The Sunlander 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.

The Queensland Rail Travel website will appear in a new window.

Online bookings are fully secure.

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