The Sunlander


The Sunlander started in June 1953 being Queensland Rail first air-conditioned passenger train . The Sunlander operates from Brisbane to Carins taking 31 hours to complete its journey. The Sunlander departs Roma Street Station every Sunday and Tuesday, from Carins the Sunlander departs Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday. The Sunlander has been recognised by The Society of International Railway Travellers in 2008, being named one of the "World’s Top 25 Trains".


Comfort, flexibility and a great social atmosphere have made 'The Sunlander' one of Australia's great journeys and a firm favourite with travellers between Brisbane and the Tropical North. With its two styles of travel, 'The Sunlander' caters for all travellers, from the very discerning to the budget conscious.

Queenslander Class is a premium, all inclusive* style of travel featuring comfortable, twin-berth accommodation; fine dining in an exclusive restaurant car; and a host of special touches for a memorable experience.

Queensland Class offer an experience which is more than just a train journey, it's a first-hand glimpse into the state's heritage, culture, landscape and cuisine set against a backdrop of superb dining, first-class accommodation and exceptional onboard service.

'The Sunlander' also offers standard single, twin and triple berth sleeping accommodation and seats, all with access to tasty meals and refreshing drinks.

Passengers travelling Queenslander Class enjoy first class accommodation, fine dining in an exclusive restaurant car, entertainment, local commentary and a host of special touches such as comfy bathrobes and slippers.

The dining experience is a highlight for Queenslander Class, with all passengers enjoying sumptuous three-course meals featuring the freshest local produce. The seafood platter served between Townsville and Cairns is undoubtedly the culinary highpoint of the journey for seafood lovers.

The other styles of travel on 'The Sunlander' include single, double and triple berths and seats. All passengers have access to club and buffet cars for meals and refreshments, and a range of facilities.



(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig


2100 Class DEL taking the Sunlander south to Brisbane on 28.12.11
(C) John Mahoney
3918 passes through Tamaree with 'The Sunlander' on the 3rd January 2005
(C) Dean Stalker 


(C) Jamie Bleakley
(C) Jamie Bleakley


(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig
(c) Hugh Hartwig














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