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Australia - Queensland

 Queensland offers a number of unique rail experiences - from relaxing overnight journeys to short haul stops between Queensland's best holiday hotspots - along the coastline between Brisbane and Cairns, and out to the remote towns of the outback. Compare our range of set itineraries or contact Guidepost Tours if you would like to plan your own trip. Our travel consultants can recommend the most suitable rail travel or flights to complete your holiday. Guidepost Rail Tours also work with groups, clubs and schools.

Tours through the Queensland Outback and Tropics


This information is designed to give an overview of trains and routes throughout Queensland with details of on board services, seating classes and sleeping facilities.  Please contact our office for up to date information for the dates you wish to travel. Pensioner and international traveller discounts available. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations and tickets. Ph: 1300 733323  (GptQR-AOT)


2nd May (SOLD OUT), 1st August & 5th September 2017   North Queensland is a canvas on which nature paints many spectacular landscapes. Vast outback plains, tidal estuaries of the Gulf, tropical rainsorests, and the character filled Savannah are the backdrops for fascinating and awe-inspiring experiences.  The tour features five unique train trips, an island-hopping flight, comfortable coach and train in a trip from brisbane to Mount Isa through Longreach and Winton, up to the Gulf of Carpentaria, across the wide Savannah and the Atherton Tableland and down through the rainforest of the Kuranda range to Cairns. Stopping at  Mount Isa, Normanton, the stunning Cobbold Gorge, the intriguing Undara Lava Tubes, the tour finishes in Cairns after an exciting day trip to Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge.  Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations   (Gpt-RAdv) *** Please note our August tour will fly from Brisbane to Longreach - the May and September tours will travel on the Spirit of the Outback train. *

QUEENSLAND SAVANNAH with Railway Adventures

 6th to 14th June 2017 - Escape to North Queensland and enjoy exclusive private charters on the railways, roads and rivers from Cairns to the Gulf across Queensland’s wild Outback Savannah country. Here’s a rare opportunity to indulge in a gently paced week long adventure to North Queensland’s most intriguing destinations and natural wonders in the company of your hosts and a small size group. Your journey from the wet tropics to the Gulf of Carpentaria covers a variety of landscapes from the wide open gulf country with its snaking rivers and teeming wildlife across the numerous craggy ranges and lush agricultural tablelands. The destinations offer a snapshot of life in this remote part of Australia and everywhere we go the culture and rich history is bought to life by your tour leaders and the many local guides that will join us. Welcome aboard this character-filled tour, a rare opportunity to explore the many aspects of Far North Queensland on your very own iconic trains, boats and planes.  CAIRNS * CHILLIGOE * MT SURPRISE * COBBOLD GORGE * CROYDON * NORMANTON. (Gpt-RA)


Fully escorted gruop tours may, June & July - Venture into the heart of Queensland’s outback on our fully escorted Ultimate Outback Queensland Adventure. Your journey begins when you board the Spirit of the Outback and travel through the ever-changing scenery and rugged landscape between Brisbane and Longreach. Follow in the footsteps of the early pioneers and get ready for the holiday of a lifetime. Guidepost Rail Tours. (Gpt-QR)

COASTAL RAIL EXPLORER - Queensland 8 & 13 days

 Travel the length of the Queensland Coast to see the world renowned attractions of the Whitsundays, Townsville, Cairns and the tropical north on these magnificent tours. Travel on the Spirit of Queensland and the Kuranda Scenic Train. Regular weekly departures with two tour options - 13 day northbound and 8 day southbound. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for "best price" reservations. (GptQR-AOT)


 Travel on The Spirit of Queensland to Tropical North Queensland. Visit Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Kuranda, or Cooktown. Discover ancient rainforests and crystal seas nestled side by side. See the rare flora and the thundering waterfalls of the Daintree, the planet's oldest rainforest. See the dazzling sealife and the ecquisite coral of the Great Barrier Reef. Tours run weekly and we have package options from 6 to 8 days including reef cruises. Guidepost Rail Tours.   (GptQR-AOT)

QUEENSLAND COASTAL RAIL HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES - Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Townsville through to Cairns

Coastal Rail Holidays from 5 to 8 days let you see the beautiful coastal scenery from your luxury seats on the Spirit of Queensland. Choose to stay in Brisbane, Cairns,.Townsville, Hervey Bay or the Whitsundays or other pictureque locations along the Queensland coast. Packages are available weekly throughout the year. Other locations and options can be arranged.Pensioner and senior discounts are available through Guidepost Rail Tours. (GptQR-AOT)


Commemorate that orignial spirit of adventure and the visionaries who etched their names into history with a journey to Longreach. Bygone days come alive at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and you will explore the unique heritage of WInton. Gallop through the countryside with an exclusive Cobb & Co. stage coach ride, the only one of its kind in Australia, before being immersed in the story of a local legend and cattle duffer Captain Starlight. Travel between Brisbane and Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback. We have a number of 7 or 8 day packages. Some tours operate through the year however the best time to visit is between May and October. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for more information. (GptQR-AOT)


Regular group departures April to October - This tour includes first class return travel from Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback train , visiting Blackall, Winton and Longreach. Take a glimpse of the world as it was a million years ago when you visit the Lark Quarry's dinosaur stampede tracks and the Australian Age of Dinosaurs. Of course there is so much more to see in this region. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours. (GptQR)


 Regular group departures April to October - Escape and enjoy the comfort of first class travel on The Spirit Of The Outback train. Experience the remoteness of Birdsville and visit all the iconic attractions of this remarkable desert region. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours.   (GptQR)


 Capture the emotions and romance of the Outback on this comprehensive exploration of the Gulf and Savannah region of North Queensland. Discover the rich history of Aboriginal culture in the region as well as the tragedies and triumphs of early colonial explorers and pioneers with their gold rushes, railways and huge cattle runs. Travel from Brisbane on the new Spirit of Queensland. Tours run to and from Cairns most weeks from May to October  Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for dates and reservations. (GptQR-AOT)

JOURNEY OF THE GULF SAVANNAH - 16 days coach & train ex Brisbane

 Regular group departures April to September - Delight your senses with an epic journey to some of the remotest regions of Queensland. Enjoy the constantly changing scenery between Brisbane, Longreach and Cloncurry. Discover the stunning Gulf and Savannah regions of the north. Experience the breathtaking tropical colours of Cairns and the Queensland Coast. Highlights include travel on the Savannahlander and the Gulflander trains visiting the Undara Lava Tubes, Karumba, Chillagoe and a Cobbold Gorge cruise. Tour also includes travel on the Spirit of the Outback Train. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for dates and rservations. (GptQR-AOT)


On these signature Gulflander and Savannahlander adventures where the golden savannah grasslands meet the sea, the hospitality is as memorable as the ever-changing country.  The tour includes travel onboard the Gulflander from Normanton to Croydon; travel onboard the Savannahlander from Forsayth to Mount Surprise and on to Cairns; a Cobbold Gorge cruise; a tour of the Undara Lava Tubes and more. Tours run regularly throughout the year.  Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for more information. (GptQR-AOT)


 Step aboard the authentic red timber carriages of the Kuranda Scenic Railway and enjoy a spectacular journey through steep ravines and tumbling waterfalls of the Barron Gorge national Park and the World Heritage Listed rainforest. Tours operate daily throughout the year. (QR-AOT)

Great Trains of Australia


 New fare schedules from April 2016 on the Indian Pacific and The Ghan.


 When it comes to memorable rail journeys, Australia has plenty of options on ffer. Explore the Red Centre from the comfort of the Ghan or appreciate the vasteness of the Nullarbor Plain as the Indian Pacific makes its way cross-country. (RTkts)


XPT trains in New South Wales are operated by Countrylink, whose comprehensive network of rail and coach services reach to all major towns and cities in the state.


Contemporary, comfortable and designed for relaxation, the newest addition of the Queensland Rail fleet offers new features that will redefine the modern rail travel experience. The Spirit of Queensland travels the state's coastline from Cairns to Brisbane and all regions in between with five return services per week. (QR)

SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK - Brisbane to Longreach

Operated by Queensland Rail on the 1300km route from Brisbane to Longreach and Winton  in outback Queensland, travelling via Rockhampton. This service runs twice weekly in both directions connecting with optional extended tours. (QR)

THE INLANDER - Townsville to Mt Isa

This 977 km trip, enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort, travels from Townsville to Mount Isa, through Charters Towers, across the Great Dividing Range and through the mining towns of Hughenden and Julia Creek before delivering passengers into the heart of Australia. This train runs twice weekly. (QR)

QUEENSLAND TILT TRAINS - Brisbane to Rockhampton

Queensland's favourite coastal destinations are easily accessible by QR's Tilt Trains, the most modern passenger trains in Australia. Services run between Brisbane, Bundaberg and Rockhampton with up to 15 services per week in each direction. Queensland Tilt Trains are the fastest narrow guage trains in the world, providing an efficient, comfortable service to world standards.

THE WESTLANDER - Brisbane to Charleville

This scenic journey from Brisbane travels across the Great Dividing Range and through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs before arriving in Charleville, the largest town in south-west Queensland. This train runs twice weekly.

THE SAVANNAHLANDER - Cairns to Forsayth

The Savannahlander is a classic 1960 Rail Motor which travels between Cairns and Forsayth, in Far North Queensland. This unique tourist train operates weekly in both directions, providing a four day round trip through the Atherton Tablelands and the Savannah country in outback Queensland. (QR)

THE GULFLANDER - Normanton to Croydon

This famous little train travels from Normanton to Croydon in the Gulf Country of northern Queensland once every week.

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