Spirit of the Outback
|Service type||Passenger train|
|First service||November 1993|
|Current operator(s)||Queensland Rail|
|Distance travelled||1,325 kilometres|
|Average journey time||26 hours|
|Service frequency||2 x per week|
|Line used||North Coast
Debuting in November 1993 by combining the former Capricornian and Midlander trains, this 1,325 km rail journey operates between Brisbane and Longreach. The Spirit of the Outback travels along the east coast of Queensland, from Brisbane to Rockhampton, where it heads west through Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine, to Longreach.
The Spirit of the Outback passes coastal landscapes then travelling into the Outback, with mountain ranges, sunburnt plains and historic towns to attractions such as the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Outback Museum. The train operates twice weekly. In January 2015, the service will be upgraded with refurbished L series carriages. Motorail services will also be withdrawn.
Classes of travel
The Spirit of the Outback has three classes of travel:
- Economy seats
- Economy sleeping berths with a capacity of up to 3 people
- First class sleeping berths: