Australian Trains: The Sunlander - Brisbane to Cairns- 2D/1N
The Sunlander shines bright as one of Australiaâ€™s longest running and most endearing rail journeys. For 50 fabulous years, several times a week, The Sunlander has weaved its way along Queensland’s incredible east coastline. Itâ€™s a relaxing, comfortable journey that runs between Queenslandâ€™s tropical capital, Brisbane, and laid back Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef meets the timeless Daintree wilderness. Your holiday experience aboard The Sunlander begins the moment you step aboard and continues all the way. While the surroundings are comfy and cosy, and the ever changing scenery is sensational, itâ€™s the warm and very social atmosphere that makes The Sunlander so special. Indulge in The Golden Era of Grand Train Travel. When you travel on “The Sunlander”, you will be treated to a first class cruise on wheels. For 31 wonderful hours, you can relax in style and explore the beauty of Queensland from your window. It is without doubt, a journey that you will long remember. There’s a view from every window! When you make the journey on board “The Sunlander” you will be captivated by the diversity of Queensland. Your cruise will take the scenic coastal route from bustling Brisbane to the tropical north, showing you the many attractions of this surprisingly diverse, tropical paradise. You will discover the amazing colors from the rainforest to the reef. The people and the land are an ever-changing face passing before you. Comfort, flexibility and a great social atmosphere have made The Sunlander one of Australia’s great journeys and a firm favorite with travelers between Brisbane and Cairns. This scenic journey, which snakes its way along north-eastern Australia’s coastline several times a week, offers travel options to suite every traveler - from the most discerning to the budget conscious. Today the ideal journey for anyone seeking new discoveries still has to be rail. The onboard experience of rail travel evokes a nostalgia and a sense of adventure like no other journey can, and there is no other rail journey like the Sunlander. The superb appointments of this train, which travels bi-weekly from Brisbane to Cairns and return, is everything you would expect of a superior rail journey. An all-inclusive price allows you to travel in first class sleeping berths with meals specially selected to showcase Queensland cuisine. The award winning Coral Cay Restaurant is an experience in fine dining indulgence, while the Daintree Lounge and Canecutter’s Bar are perfect for pre-dinner drinks or to sit and watch a movie. Beautifully appointed cabins are fully air-conditioned with comfortable beds, overhead reading lamps, washbasins, distinctive linen and complimentary toiletry bag. This train journey is also available in reverse.
FROM BRISBANE to CAIRNS: Departs Brisbane on Sundays and Thursdays at 8:55am arrives in Cairns at 4:00 pm the next day.
FROM CAIRNS to BRISBANE: Departs Cairns on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:35am arrives in Brisbane at 3:55 pm the next day.
All of The Sunlander carriages are air-conditioned. Toilets and showers are located at the end of each carriage. CLUB CAR - The perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a social drink in the comfortable surrounds. BUFFET CAR - Offers a variety of takeaway meals and light refreshments, bar service, tea and coffee. Smoking is not permitted onboard any train service.
ONBOARD FEATURES ECONOMY CLASS Economy sleeping accommodation consists of a three berth compartment and feature washbasin, reading lights and power point (240v AC). A blanket, lower sheet, pillow and pillowslip are provided for each economy berth.
ONBOARD FEATURES FIRST CLASS Two types of First Class sleeping accommodation are available in single and twin berth compartments. Twin Berth: These feature a large comfortable lounge for relaxing. At night this converts to two cozy berths. Towels, a complimentary toiletry kit and maps are also provided. There is hanging space for clothes, a wash basin, bedside reading lights, power point (240v AC), full length mirror and luggage space. Shower and toilet facilities are located at the end of your carriage, and full bedding and towels are provided. Single Berth: These have a single lounge chair that converts into a sleeping berth at night, as well as most of the features of the Twin Sleepers, including wash basin and toilet. Showers are located at the end of your carriage.
QUEENSLANDER CLASS If you crave the creature comforts, Queenslander Class on The Sunlander is the only way to travel. Queenslander Class is more than just a train, it’s a journey into Queensland’s heritage, culture, landscape and cuisine set against a backdrop of superb dining, first-class accommodation and exceptional service. Passengers are accommodated in twin berth sleeping compartments offering all the comforts of home as well as a host of special extras and receive the highest levels of service from the dedicated team of onboard personnel. The rest of the train is just as welcoming with a relaxing lounge car ideal for a drink and chat with new found friends, and a restaurant car, which is the setting for the journey’s fine dining experience. Every tantalizing meal aboard Queenslander Class, prepared by an experienced onboard chef, has a distinctly Australian flavor. The journey is also a lesson in Queenland’s history, culture and landscape with fascinating commentary provided by the knowledgeable Maitre’D. But it’s undoubtedly the friendly, social atmosphere of Queenslander Class which keeps guests returning year after year. It is often said you join Queenslander Class as a passenger and leave as a friend - a friend with a wealth of memories about the real warmth of Queensland.
ONBOARD FEATURES QUEENSLANDER CLASS Sleeping Compartment: Sleeping accommodation in Queenslander Class is in twin berth compartments. All feature washbasin, wardrobe, full-length mirror, reading lights and power point (240v AC). Shower facilities and toilets are provided at the end of all sleeping cars. Bedding and towels are provided, including a host of special touches. Fine Dining Restaurant: With three daily meals included in the Queenslander Class package, enjoy superior dining experiences with delightful local dishes, attentive waiters and an excellent Australian wine list. Lounge Car: The perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a relaxing drink with new found friends. Also enjoy tea and coffee, magazines, newspapers, video and live entertainment.
NOT INCLUDED: Any airfare unless specifically mentioned as included. Any personal expenses such as drinks. Gratuities. PLEASE NOTE: All tours are usually presented as LAND ONLY (no airfare is included) and best airfare from your departing city will be included at time of departure. All tour programs are subject to your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions, which is understood when you progress into the reservation. Please review Terms & Conditions. INSURANCE NOTE: Cancellation policies are strictly enforced! We highly recommend to protect your travel investment should you need to cancel your trip.