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DAY 1 – Depart Brisbane

Depart for your overnight journey on the Spirit of Queensland train in either RailBeds with all meals included plus pamper pack with the evening bed turn down, or Premium Economy seats. The train is scheduled to depart at 3.45pm. (All meals on the train for RailBed passengers)

DAY 2 – Explore Townsville

Arriving in Townsville this morning, we will be met by our tour host and depart for a City Orientation Tour, including a stop at Castle Hill, the large red rock monolith right in the heart of Townsville that offers panoramic views from the lookout where you will have a lovely photo opportunity. We enjoy a scenic drive along The Strand before lunch then check into our accommodation. Later we visit Castling Street Historic Homestead. Overnight Chifley Plaza, Townsville (L,D)

DAY 3 – Magnetic Island

We depart today to Magnetic Island for our discovery coach tour of this beautiful Island. It only takes 25 minutes on a ferry to arrive in paradise. Magnetic Island’s relaxed tropical lifestyle, quiet, secluded beaches, rugged nature and abundant wildlife make it a wonderful place to visit. Magnetic Island sits within the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but the landscape here is different to the usual tropical rainforest found on many of the Great Barrier Reef islands. We enjoy a lunch at Horseshoe Bay before returning to the mainland for dinner this evening. Overnight Chifley Plaza, Townsville (B,L,D)

DAY 4 – Museum of Tropical Queensland, Reef HQ

Today we visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland and enjoy a guided tour of the many exhibits. The star attraction is the HMS Pandora Gallery. Sent to catch the famous Bounty and her mutinous crew, the Pandora sank off the coast of Cape York in 1791. Hundreds of amazing artefacts have been recovered from the wreck and are on display. Following lunch, we will then make our way across the road to Reef HQ. Home of the largest living coral reef where you can experience the reef up close and personal without getting your feet wet. We then visit Queens Gardens to wander through the lush tropical plants. Overnight Chifley Plaza, Townsville (B,L,D)

DAY 5 – Charters Towers, Ghosts of Gold Show

Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. When gold was first discovered in Charters Towers in 1871, it became a gold rush town and quickly grew to become the second largest town in Queensland. Today, the magnificent heritage buildings are testament to the prosperity of years past. Our tour of Charters Towers includes a visit to the Miners Cottage which houses a collection of goldfields memorabilia. We will also visit the Zara Clarke National Trust Museum which houses a large collection of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers’ golden and military past. This evening we embark on the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Movie where the ghosts of the gold rush era tell their tales as the evening settles in. Overnight Park Motel, Charters Towers (B,L,D)

DAY 6 – Hervey Range, Heritage Tea Rooms

Departing Charters Towers, we make our way to Hervey Range enjoying the fantastic scenic views. We stop at the Heritage Tea Rooms for our lunch. Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms is a heritage listed property which holds a special place in the history of North Queensland and began its life in 1865 as the Eureka Hotel. Believed to be the oldest known building in North Queensland, this log cabin was the local watering hole for the bullock teams and Cobb and Co Coaches on their way to the gold fields. This afternoon we bid farewell to Townsville and board our train for our 3pm departure home. Overnight Spirit of Queensland (B,L) (All meals on the train for RailBed passengers)

DAY 7 – Arrive Brisbane

Today you will arrive at your home station after enjoying a charming rail journey from North Queensland with your new found friends.The train is schedule to arrive at 9.20am.

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Rail Fares RailBed Premium Economy Seat
$1090 + rail $1340+ rail QLD Pensioner $400 $50
Aust. State Senior $569 $315
Interstate Pensioner $729 $473
Adult $796 $536
2018 Departure Dates:
1 Aug
12 Sep
  • Tour is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • A $450 non refundable deposit is due upon booking
  • Full payment is non refundable within 45 days of departure
  • QLD Pensioner fare is using 4 vouchers
  • Seniors Fares are for Australian Government Senior Card Holders only
  • Pension and Seniors Card numbers must be advised at time of booking
  • RailBed fares include meals. Other train fares do not include meals
  • Rail fare prices are return
  • Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure due to group rail ticketing requirements
  • Concession rail fares are not available for international passengers as they are verified by Centrelink

Highlights & inclusions

  • Return travel on the Spirit of Queensland train from Brisbane to Townsville
  • 3 nights Townsville
  • 1 night Charters Towers
  • Townsville, Castle Hill & The Strand Tour
  • Magnetic Island Ferry and Tour
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland entry & tour
  • Reef HQ entry & Queens Gardens
  • Miners Cottage & Zara Clarke entry
  • Ghosts of Gold Heritage movie
  • Hervey Range & Heritage Tea Rooms
  • Coach touring with knowledgeable Coach Captain and commentary
  • Meals as indicated + meals on train for RailBed passengers
  • Fully escorted

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