Rail & Sail Queensland to Auckland Explorer

Queensland Coastal Rail Journey

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Immerse yourself in the Spirit of Queensland, uncovering tropical villages, indigenous customs and incredible wildlife before acquainting yourself with the world’s largest reef system on a fascinating exploration of Cairns.

Spend a night in Brisbane, the capital of ‘The Sunshine State’, before embarking on a scenic Spirit of Queensland train journey to Cairns. The contemporary and comfortable carriage features personal in-seat entertainment and an extensive menu featuring everything from traditional roasts to fresh salads.

From your base in Cairns, you’ll spend three nights in total to experience the rainforest and everything that tropical Queensland has to offer. 

The conclusion of your holiday will be a 6 night cruise cruising back to Auckland through the South Pacific.

Package Includes

All outbound flights & taxes

Hotel Stays

  • 1 night four-star hotel stay in Brisbane with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Cairns with breakfast
  • Book a Balcony cabin or above and receive an upgrade to a five-star stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns

Rail Journey

  • 1 night rail journey on board Spirit of Queensland from Brisbane to Cairns in a Railbed with all meals
  • Licensed Galley Car open 24hrs
  • Spacious and comfortable seating by day that converts to a lie-flat bed by night

Cruise Back To Auckland

  • 6 night full-board cruise on board Pacific Explorer
    • Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks with 12 dining experiences all included in your cruise fare
    • Spectacular entertainment
    • Pools & relaxation – waterslides, interactive water park, as well as pools and spas
    • Sports, fitness & wellness – P7O Edge Adventure Park for kids with rock climbing, flying fox and a walk the plank
    • Family-friendly with plenty of activities for the kids

At a glance

11 nights
Departing 24 Jun 22
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Interior
$2,499 pp
Price based on 24 Jun 2022 departure
Oceanview
$2,699 pp
Price based on 24 Jun 2022 departure
Balcony
$3,399 pp
Price based on 24 Jun 2022 departure
Suite
$3,999 pp
Price based on 24 Jun 2022 departure

Here to help

Call to book:

(09) 941 2549

Holiday code:

CRU2358

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri: 11am - 8pm | Sat & Sun: 11am - 6pm

Pacific Explorer

P&O Australia’s newest addition with fresh designs reflecting the very best of modern Australia, with more elegance than ever before. There will be waterslides to zoom down, splash parks with larger-than-life interactive water features, bowls courts at sea (barefoot, no less!) and more restaurants and bars than you can shake a stick at.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 24 Jun 2022
Brisbane - Hotel Stay

Spend a little time exploring the beguiling city of Brisbane. The Capital of the Sunshine state, Brisbane boast a vibrant café culture to match its classic relaxed Gold Coast vibe. While away the morning hours by meandering the city’s river banks which are lined with busy malls, riverfront plazas, outdoor man-made beaches, water parks, botanical gardens and wildlife parks. If time allows, head to Moreton Island, a quiet retreat of sandy dunes, bush and lagoons.

Glass House Mountains Aerial View - Spirit of Queensland
DAY 2 | 25 Jun 2022
Brisbane - Embark Spirit of Queensland
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Brisbane before you embark Spirit of Queensland for your train journey to Cairns. The moment you step on board, you’ll be transported into a world of relaxation. With state-of-the-art facilities, the Spirit of Queensland tilt train offers you the classic old-world charms of rail travel with the ultimate mix of modern-day comforts. Turn on your personal in-seat entertainment or simply admire the spectacular vistas from your window as the scenes transform from the urban sights of Brisbane to the lush green landscapes of rural Queensland.
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DAY 3 | 26 Jun 2022
Cairns - Disembark Spirit of Queensland

After you disembark from the comfort of the Spirit of Queensland, the balmy air and the azure waters of Cairns will transport you into a tropical paradise. The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns enjoys thriving tourism, but a leisurely pace of life prevails here. Take a stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, enjoy the ocean views in the beautiful evening light and try some of the Balinese-inspired cuisine in one of the harbour-front restaurants.

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DAY 4 | 27 Jun 2022
Cairns - Hotel Stay

You’ll enjoy a full day to explore Cairns and its lush tropical environs. From trips to Cape Tribulation and the Atherton Tablelands, nature lovers will be spoilt for choice here. Take a daytrip out to Green Island, a nearby national park or alternatively, visit the beautiful Cairns Botanic Gardens. Join one of the garden’s daily walking tours to discover exotic flowers and dedicated beds for Aboriginal plant use in the Gondwana Heritage Garden.

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DAY 5 | 28 Jun 2022
Cairns - Hotel Stay
No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll embark a catamaran for morning refreshments before sailing out to Moore Reef to learn about the astonishing natural history of the Great Barrier Reef during a guided tour. Relish an escorted coral-viewing tour from a semi-submersible vessel and a glass-bottom boat, where you’ll take in the incredible sights of these astonishing coral formations. Enjoy buffet lunch and afternoon tea with incredible views of the outer reef before returning to shore, still in a state of awe at this vibrant, bustling underwater ecosystem.
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DAY 6 | 29 Jun 2022
Cairns - Embark Pacific Explorer

Pacific Explorer is P&O Australia’s newest addition with fresh designs reflecting the very best of modern Australia, with more elegance than ever before. There will be waterslides to zoom down, splash parks with larger-than-life interactive water features, bowls courts at sea (barefoot, no less!) and more restaurants and bars than you can shake a stick at. The innovative dining options include your new local pub, a fantastic chef’s table private dining experience, and unforgettable fine dining at Luke's.

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DAY 7 - 9 | 30 - 2 Jul 2022
At Sea

With three days at sea, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the wonders of this delightful ship. Offering a diverse range of daytime activities, from bingo and indoor and outdoor movies to arts and crafts and dance classes, you’ll find something for every member of the family to enjoy. Meet fellow passengers at book club, breathe in fresh sea air during a walk around the promenade deck, head to the opulent spa for a treatment or two, or simply soak up the sun from one of the comfortable loungers on the sun deck.

Clouds, rocks and sky at Anson Bay
DAY 10 | 3 Jul 2022
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is a tiny Australian island in the South Pacific Ocean which is defined by pine trees and jagged cliffs. It has beautiful sandy beaches including Emily Bay, with reef-protected waters.

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DAY 11 | 4 Jul 2022
At Sea

Spend the day exploring the highlights of Pacific Explorer including the calmest spot in the ocean, The Oasis, the Edge Adventure Park, The Marquee Theatre and so much more. Scale the rock-climbing wall or work up a sweat in the Evolve Health and Fitness centre before catching some rays at one of the poolside lounges.

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DAY 12 | 5 Jul 2022
Auckland - Disembark Pacific Explorer

Your cruise ends in Auckland where you’ll disembark Pacific Explorer.

Welcome aboard the Pacific Explorer

Pacific Explorer is P&O Australia’s newest addition with fresh designs reflecting the very best of modern Australia, with more elegance than ever before. There will be waterslides to zoom down, splash parks with larger-than-life interactive water features, bowls courts at sea (barefoot, no less!) and more restaurants and bars than you can shake a stick at. The innovative dining options include your new local pub, a fantastic chef’s table private dining experience, and unforgettable fine dining at Luke's.

Entered Service: 1997

Refurbished: 2017

Tonnage: 77,441

Number of Decks: 15

Passenger Capacity: 1,990

Total Crew: 924

Number of Cabins: 998

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 4

Number of Restaurants: 9

Kids Club: Yes

Entered Service: 1997

Refurbished: 2017

Tonnage: 77,441

Number of Decks: 15

Passenger Capacity: 1,990

Total Crew: 924

Number of Cabins: 998

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 4

Number of Restaurants: 9

Kids Club: Yes

Bars & Lounges

Boasting eight bars and lounges, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to spend your downtime. Unwind in the child-free Oasis bar during the day and explore the sophisticated surroundings of The Bonded Store – a new concept bar mimicking an underground speakeasy – at night.

Spa

Indulge in decadent, relaxing therapies in the opulent Spa. Enjoy a couple’s massage, rejuvenate with a facial or prepare for your evening ahead with a range of treatments in the hair and beauty salon.

Dining

There are 12 dining options on board this fabulous ship, from casual to fine dining. Savour the world’s best pizza in 400 Gradi, an authentic pizzeria inspired by award-winning chef Johnny Di Francesco or enjoy tantalising flavours in Dragon Lady.

Welcome aboard the Spirit of Queensland

Climb on board the contemporary and comfortable Spirit of Queensland, a modern tilt train, for a fabulous one night journey from sunny Brisbane to the natural wilderness of captivating Cairns. Travelling over 1,500km north, you’ll embrace the picturesque views of the unfolding landscapes from your pleasant seat. Savour the delectable flavours of local produce, listen to music from the state-of-the-art entertainment facilities and get to know your fellow passengers as you glide through the landscapes on a top speed of 160km an hour.

Know the facts

The newest trains on the track, the Spirit of Queensland combines the perfect blend of comfortable seating and modern entertainment options with the charm of long-distance rail travel. Travelling between Brisbane and Cairns five times a week, the Spirit of Queensland redefines the modern rail travel experience with the convenience and ease of accessing spectacular holiday destinations. Crossing 1,681km, this overnight journey begins in Brisbane and travels north to Cairns, offering a fabulous opportunity to discover some of Queensland’s most popular destinations.

Know the facts

The newest trains on the track, the Spirit of Queensland combines the perfect blend of comfortable seating and modern entertainment options with the charm of long-distance rail travel. Travelling between Brisbane and Cairns five times a week, the Spirit of Queensland redefines the modern rail travel experience with the convenience and ease of accessing spectacular holiday destinations. Crossing 1,681km, this overnight journey begins in Brisbane and travels north to Cairns, offering a fabulous opportunity to discover some of Queensland’s most popular destinations.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 24 June 2022
Interior
Interior $2,499
Oceanview
Oceanview $2,699
Balcony
Balcony $3,399
Suite
Suite $3,999
Departing
Departing 24 June 2022
Interior
Interior $2,799
Oceanview
Oceanview $2,999
Balcony
Balcony $3,699
Suite
Suite $4,299
Departing
Departing 24 June 2022
Interior
Interior $2,799
Oceanview
Oceanview $2,999
Balcony
Balcony $3,699
Suite
Suite $4,299

CALL TO BOOK: (09) 941 2549

HOLIDAY CODE: CRU2358