Cairns to Whitsundays

Rail Journey - from £64

Spirit of Queensland

Travel from Cairns to one of the East Coast most popular holiday destination. Begin your journey to the Whitsundays Island in comfort on board the Spirit of Queensland train.


  • Premium economy travel
  • Scenic rail travel
  • Sit back and relax
  • On demand entertainment system

Your Rail Journey

The Spirit of Queensland offers a comfortable and convenient way of travel from the tropics of Northern Queensland to the picture-perfect Whitsundays. Travel in either direction and watch the sugar cane fields, dramatic peaks and coastal scenes unfold.

Whichever direction you choose to travel, a complimentary coach transfer will take you from Proserpine Station to the lively coastal resort of Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. From here you can stay on the mainland and enjoy day sailing excursions to famous Whitehaven Beach and neighbouring islands or make the most of your time in the region by staying on one of the island resorts. Daydream, Hayman and Hamilton Island all offer a range of accommodation options to suit every budget.

Your Seating

Both journeys travel during daylight hours meaning that travel can only be booked in Premium Economy seating.

Premium Economy
Enjoy generous leg room and a wide selection of on-demand movies on your personal in seat widescreen display.

Premium Economy customers have access to the Club Car which offers refreshments available to purchase throughout the journey.

Onboard facilities: Club Car allowing guests to purchase refreshments throughout the journey, showers and toilets situated at the end of each of the passenger carriages and water fountains located on every car.

Rail Journey - from £64


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Watch Australia unfold in front of your eyes as you travel in style on an epic rail journey. Coast to coast or city to city, there is no better way to travel.


Cairns to Whitsundays (Year round) 

Departs: 08:35 Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat
Arrives: 18:01 Same Day

Whitsundays to Cairns (Year round)

Departs: 06:32 Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun
Arrives: 16:30 Same Day

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