Spirit of The Outback

The Spirit of the Outback is a Queensland Rail train which runs twice a week in each direction between Brisbane and Longreach, via Bundaberg and Rockhampton. The train offers a choice of accommodation – 1st or economy class sleeper cabins or economy sleeper seats.

This train is a great way to see Queensland’s captivating outback in air-conditioned comfort, but without the hassles associated with making the 1,300 km long journey by car. On its journey west, the Spirit of the Outback passes 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. Coach connections are offered to Winton from Longreach and to Hervey Bay from Maryborough.

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.


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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 in the Stockman’s Bar offers a wide selection of drinks and refreshments. The club and lounge cars are ideal for a quiet drink or chat with fellow passengers.

The Spirit of the Outback generally consists of 15 carriages accommodating up to 204 passengers. The Spirit of the Outback provides showers at the end of all sleeping cars. A motorail service is offered between Brisbane and Longreach. This service is subject to conditions and at the time of publication was priced at $165.00 in each direction.

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