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.