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Train: Sunlander

Train Type: First-Class


The Sunlander's Queenslander class offers cozy, private cabins; beds make into seating by day.



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Sunlander Cairns to Brisbane


What better way to sample some of the iconic Australian pleasures: The Great Barrier Reef, the Kuranda Scenic Railway, the islands such as Fraser and the Whitsundays, and the rainforest? The Sunlander train links them all, with its overnight service crossing 1,045 miles on the east coast of Queensland, Australia, from Brisbane to Cairns. The scenery is spectacular. The possible stopovers are, too. If you take the train straight through, it takes 32 hours. 

Latest News: Click here for our Track 25 blog on the Sunlander.

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IRT members have not tested out the new service on this train. We reserve judgment. 


Service could still be of a high level, with meals served in courses, and the overall dining experience enjoyable. But dining is at seat -- reminiscent of an airplane.

Lounge Cars

Mixed drinks and wine are served in the club car.


Guests can choose from an extensive Australian wine list in the dining car for additional cost. If you have special dietary requirements, be sure to order at least four days ahead. You can choose from a long list of offerings, depending on your needs. Neither alcohol nor traditional gratuities to the train staff are included.


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