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 Cairns. This superb journey, which snakes its way along Queensland's coastline several times a week, offers travel options to suit every traveller - from the budget conscious through to the most discerning traveller.
If you crave the creature comforts, Queenslander Class is the only way to travel. This premium, all-inclusive style of travel features twin sleeping accommodation, fine-dining in an exclusive restaurant car, entertainment and local commentary, exceptional services, and a host of extra special touches to make your journey a memorable one. If you prefer a simpler style of travel, The Sunlander offers single, twin and triple berth sleeping compartments and seats, all with access to tasty meals and refreshing drinks. Whichever way you choose to travel, you're guaranteed the same wonderful view and Sunlander-style of hospitality.
The Sunlander will no longer be available for travel from 1 January 2015.
Option 1 - Queenslander Class
Queenslander Class Sleeper
Queenslander Class compartments have a comfortable three seater lounge which converts to upper and lower sleeping berths at night, complete with fluffy doonas and pillows. Cabins feature 240 volt power points, private vanity, wardrobes, full length mirror, reading lamps and foldaway table.
You'll also find a host of special touches which will ensure your journey is especially comfortable. Bathroom facilities are conveniently located at the end of the carriage.
Queenslander Class Dining
Queenslander Class includes all meals. Dining is undoubtedly the highlight of Queenslander Class, every tantalising meal aboard is prepared under the experienced hand of the onboard chef using the freshest local ingredients and served in the exclusive restaurant car by your attentive onboard staff.
While every meal is a culinary delight, Queenslander Class' signature dish is undoubtedly the seafood platter laden with king prawns, oysters, bugs, smoked salmon and luscious tropical fruit. Your meal is complemented by your choice from a list of quality Australian wines.
Queenslander Class Lounge
The lounge car is the ideal place to relax and unwind. By day, enjoy a quiet chat with new friends over a coffee; challenge your travel companions to a game of cards or Monopoly; or watch a video. As the sun sets, grab a drink from the bar and enjoy music from our fabulous entertainer.
Option 2 - Economy Class
Economy Class Sleepers and Seats
Economy Class offers a choice of single, twin or triple berth sleepers, or coach style seating. Bathroom facilities are conveniently located at the end of the carriage.
Single berth sleeper cabins feature a single seat which converts to a single berth at night. All compartments feature a washbasin, wardrobe, reading lights and power point (240v AC). Full bedding and towels are provided.
Twin berth sleeper cabins feature a three seater lounge which converts to upper and lower sleeping berths at night, complete with fresh linen and pillows. Cabins feature 240 volt power points, private vanity, wardrobes, full length mirror, reading lamps and foldaway table.
Triple berth sleeper cabins feature a three seater lounge which converts into bunk sleeper berths at night. A blanket, lower sheet, pillow and pillowslip are provided for each economy berth. Cabins feature 240 volt power points, private vanity, wardrobes, full length mirror, reading lamps and foldaway table.
Please note triple berth cabins are either male or female, there is no multi gender option for these cabins
Economy Class Seats offer coach style seating.
Economy Class Buffet
Economy Class passengers have access to meals, snacks and beverages through the Buffet Car and Club Car. Sit down and enjoy a meal with fellow passengers in the Buffet Car, which serves a wide variety of tasty dishes ranging from succulent roasts to flavoursome curries. The Club Car is ideal place to grab a quick and easy snack or to enjoy a drink with your travel companions.
Brisbane - Cairns
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#From 13 October 2014 this service will only operate on a Sunday & arriving into Cairns at 3.55pm
Cairns - Brisbane
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#From 13 October 2014 this service will only operate on a Tuesday & arrives into Brisbane at 1.10pm
*Connecting coach transfer to Whitsundays
Important Note: Queenslander Class departs Cairns Tuesdays only and departs Brisbane Sundays only.
Children: Infants under 4 years who sit on an adult's lap and do not occupy a seat, travel for free. A maximum of one Infant may share a seat with a person 4 years and over free of charge. Should the infant occupy a seat, the applicable child fare is to be charged. A child aged 11 years or under will not be permitted to travel unaccompanied on Traveltrain services. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (at least 16 years of age) responsible for the care of the child.
Ticketing and payment: for travel more than 60 days from date of booking, full payment is required within 30 days of booking. For travel less than 60 days but greater than 7 days from date of booking, payment deadline calculated by halving the number of days from date of travel. For travel less than 7 days from the date of booking, full payment is required within 24 hours
Travel insurance: is highly recommended.
Motor Vehicles: Travel Online does not provide quotes for vehicle transport. Passengers taking a vehicle will need to contact Rail Australia directly for fares and availability.
Economy Seats and Economy Triple Sleepers: One checked item (not exceeding 20kg in weight and 180 linear cm in size) and one carry on item per person.
Twin and Single Sleepers: Two checked items (not exceeding 20kg in weight and 180 linear cm in size) and one carry on item per person OR one checked item (not exceeding 20kg in weight and 180 linear cm in size) and two carry on items per person OR three carry on items per person.
Excess Luggage: Subject to availability and provided items meet the weight and size restrictions, excess luggage charges of $15.00 per item may apply.
Carry On Items: Must be able to fit under the seat or in the overhead luggage racks. Items must not be larger than 23cm x 34cm x 48cm per item. Larger items should be stored in the luggage racks at the end of the carriage. Carry on items must be placed under a seat, in a sleeping berth or in luggage racks overhead or at the end of the carriage.