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Spirit of Queensland Explorer and Rainforest Rail Adventure

Spirit of Queensland Rail Journey from Brisbane to Cairns

Discover Tropical North Queensland | Amazing Value for Money!

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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, where you’ll spend five nights in total, you’ll experience an enchanting rainforest rail journey through the beautiful Barron Gorge National Park, home to the turbulent Barron Falls. At the village of Kuranda you’ll visit a butterfly sanctuary which is home to the largest flight aviary in Australia.

This is followed by an escorted tour where you’ll get acquainted with some of Australia’s best-loved creatures including koalas, kangaroos and dingoes. The park is also home to the rare Lumholtz tree-kangaroo.

Learn to play the digeridoo, dance an aboriginal dance and witness the art of spear throwing before gliding back to Cairns above the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

An escorted Great Barrier Reef tour will leave you in awe as you learn all about the aquatic wildlife from a professional marine biologist. Venturing out by catamaran to the outer reef, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the reef’s most mesmerising creatures, from schools of coral trout to turtles.

Back in Cairns, enjoy some of the indigenous artwork at Cairns Art Gallery or soak up the history at Cairns Museum to learn about how this now-thriving port town was imposed on a steamy and inhospitable tropical landscape.

Package Includes

  •  All flights and taxes
  •  Rail Journeys
    • 1 night rail journey on board Spirit of Queensland from Brisbane to Cairns in a Railbed with all meals
    • Kuranda Scenic Railway
    • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  •  Hotel Stays
    • 1 night four-star hotel stay in Brisbane with breakfast
    • 5 night four-star hotel stay in Cairns with breakfast
  •  Fully Escorted Tours
    • Kuranda Scenic Railway, Rainforest Tour & Skyrail Cableway
    • Reef Magic Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  •  Extend your stay fr $399pp
    • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Port Douglas
    • 4 day car hire with unlimited kilometres
Rail Holiday

At a glance

7 nights
Departing Apr 21 - Dec 21
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Solo Passenger
$3,999 pp
Price based on 24 Oct 2021 departure
Twin Share
$2,999 pp
Price based on 24 Oct 2021 departure

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Call to book:

(09) 941 2549

Holiday code:

TRA2222

Opening hours:

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

Great Barrier Reef

The enchanting Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and comprises of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. Home to more than 1,500 species of fish, an abundance of sharks and stingrays and marine turtles, it has been named one of the planet’s most extraordinary natural wonders.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 11 Apr 2021
Brisbane

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 | 12 Apr 2021
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 | 13 Apr 2021
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 | 14 Apr 2021
Cairns

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.

Gold Class - Kuranda Scenic Railway
DAY 5 | 15 Apr 2021
Cairns

Today you’ll be transported to the enchanting rainforest village of Kuranda. Here you’ll embark the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, for a journey through the Barron Gorge National Park. Marvel at the menacing roar of the Barron Falls before you return to Kuranda for a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You’ll continue your nature discovery at the Rainforestation Nature Park. After a sumptuous lunch overlooking the lake, you’ll return to Cairns in style. Alighting the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, you’ll glide over the lush green canopy of the rainforest, admiring the incredible landscape vistas and the turquoise ocean beyond.

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DAY 6 | 16 Apr 2021
Cairns
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 7 | 17 Apr 2021
Cairns

Originally home to the Yirrganydji and Yidinji peoples, Cairns offers a rich range of cultural attractions. Discover some of the incredible indigenous artwork at Cairns Art Gallery or delve into the town’s remarkable history at Cairns Museum. Continue your Marine life education with a visit to Cairns Aquarium. Renovated in 2017, the impressive displays and exhibits represent not only reef life but also rivers, estuaries and billabongs. Round off your Cairns discovery by sampling some of the fusion flavours with views over the harbour or simply enjoy the sun set with a cocktail.

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DAY 8 - 11 | 18 - 21 Apr 2021
Extend your stay - 3 night stay in Port Douglas with 4 Day Car Hire from $399

Extend your Cairns discovery and pick up a hire car to embark on a road trip to the town of Port Douglas for a 3-night stay. Make your way North along the coastline to make the most of the incredible Queensland climate and coastline and explore more of its beautiful rainforest terrain. Pay a visit to the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, a sanctuary for Queensland’s native wildlife. Get up close to kangaroos, crocodiles, cassowaries and more and get the adrenaline pumping by walking across the ‘Predator Plank’ a walkway across the saltwater croc enclosure. Take a drive out to Flagstaff Hill and enjoy a picnic overlooking spectacular views over Four Mile Beach.

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 11 April 2021
Departing 18 April 2021
Departing 23 May 2021
Departing 13 June 2021
Departing 15 August 2021
Departing 12 September 2021
Departing 24 October 2021
Departing 7 November 2021
Departing 5 December 2021
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $3,999
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $3,999
Solo Passenger $4,199
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $3,999
Solo Passenger $4,699
Solo Passenger $4,699
Twin Share
Twin Share Sold Out
Twin Share $3,299
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $3,299
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $2,999
Twin Share $3,599
Twin Share $3,599
Departing
Departing 11 April 2021
Departing 18 April 2021
Departing 23 May 2021
Departing 13 June 2021
Departing 15 August 2021
Departing 12 September 2021
Departing 24 October 2021
Departing 7 November 2021
Departing 5 December 2021
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,199
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $4,199
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $4,299
Solo Passenger $4,199
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $4,799
Solo Passenger $4,799
Twin Share
Twin Share Sold Out
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $3,499
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $3,499
Twin Share $3,499
Twin Share $3,099
Twin Share $3,699
Twin Share $3,699
Departing
Departing 11 April 2021
Departing 18 April 2021
Departing 23 May 2021
Departing 13 June 2021
Departing 15 August 2021
Departing 12 September 2021
Departing 24 October 2021
Departing 7 November 2021
Departing 5 December 2021
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $3,999
Solo Passenger $4,199
Solo Passenger $3,999
Solo Passenger $4,199
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $4,099
Solo Passenger $4,699
Solo Passenger $4,699
Twin Share
Twin Share Sold Out
Twin Share $3,299
Twin Share $3,499
Twin Share $3,299
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $3,099
Twin Share $3,599
Twin Share $3,599

CALL TO BOOK: (09) 941 2549

HOLIDAY CODE: AUS2457