Island Adventure Rail Explorer

6 day Rail Explorer - from £749

Brisbane | Hamilton Island | Airlie Beach | Cairns

This East Coast adventure combines spectacular Queensland scenery with a relaxed stay on beautiful Hamilton Island, in the heart of the Whitsundays.


  • Scenic rail travel along Queensland’s Coast on the Spirit of Queensland
  • 3 night island stay on Hamilton Island
  • Lively Airlie Beach and the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
  • Tropical North Queensland’s rainforest and sugar cane fields
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Brisbane

Depart Brisbane on your overnight rail journey aboard the Spirit of Queensland train. You’ll pass through the agricultural land of Bundaberg and continue along the coast north through Mackay.

Travel in Premium Economy seating which offers a comfortable reclining seat, seat back entertainment with on demand movies and music and access to the on board Club Car. Alternatively upgrade to a RailBed which offers a business class style seat which reclines fully to form a lie-flat bed with all meals included.

Day 2 to 4 - Hamilton Island

Following your early morning arrival into Proserpine you will be transferred to Shute Harbour near Airlie Beach to board your scenic boat cruise to Hamilton Island.

Located within the idyllic Whitsunday Island group, Hamilton Island offers an unforgettable tropical experience. Be as relaxed or active as you like during your 3-night stay. The island plays host to a range of activities and excursions for you to enjoy.

Choose to spend your days sailing, snorkelling, hiking, kayaking, or simply relax on the island’s beautiful Cats-Eye Beach. Alternatively, you could enjoy an optional day trip to nearby Whitehaven Beach – famous for its stunning beauty and pristine white sand.

Day 5 - Airlie Beach

Travel back to the mainland for an overnight stay in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Relax next to the town’s Lagoon before a night sampling the fine cuisine at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.

Day 6 - Cairns

Re board the Spirit of Queensland for an early departure past the forest clad mountains and sugar cane fields of Northern Queensland before arriving into Cairns where you may choose to extend your stay to take in the Great Barrier Reef and ancient Rainforests.

6 day Rail Explorer - from £749


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Prices are per person based on standard accommodation and Premium economy ticket travel. Prices will vary based on season travelling and standard of accommodation chosen. RailBed travel is only permitted from Brisbane to Airlie Beach on the overnight service. Travel between Airlie Beach and Cairns will be in Premium Economy seating.

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Discover the best of Australia and its diverse scenery with our brilliantly planned rail explorers, which are a holiday in themselves.

Your Rail Explorer includes:

  • Australia’s top tourist destinations
  • Comfort and convenience of rail travel
  • Comfortable, well appointed accommodation
  • Plenty of time for sightseeing and exploring

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