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itinerary

Day 1 – Depart Brisbane on Spirit of Queensland

Depart from your home station today on the Spirit of Queensland train for Cairns. Sit back and relax in your Premium Economy Seat or RailBed with meals included. The train is scheduled to depart at 3.45pm. Overnight Spirit of Queensland train. (All meals included for RailBed passengers).

Day 2. Arrive Cairns

This afternoon you will arrive in Cairns, be met by your friendly tour host and transfer to the Cairns Queenslander with time to relax before enjoying a welcome dinner this evening at the hotel at 6pm. Overnight Cairns Queenslander, Cairns (D)

Day 3. 1878 Court House Hotel, Port Douglas, Daintree Cruise

Today we head north and visit the Mossman Gorge. We then make our way to the Daintree River for a River Cruise spotting crocs and other wildlife. Then into Port Douglas with time to explore the town and the 1878 Court House Hotel. ‘The Courty’ as it has become affectionately known, is the oldest pub in Port Douglas and one of the most iconic pubs in Australia. You can enjoy a refreshing drink here and lunch if you wish, or stroll the main street and discover the many food outlets. Overnight Cairns Queenslander (B,MT,D)

DAY 4 – 1910 Yungaburra Hotel, 1911 Malanda Hotel

Our first stop today is Mareeba where we visit the Heritage Museum which is host to a wide variety of incredible exhibits. Enjoy a morning tea here before we make our way to the 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree. Then visit the Yungaburra Hotel for our lunch stop. The hotel is the pride of the Atherton Tablelands, attracting visitors with its Federation architecture and displays of historic photographs. Reboarding our coach we make our way to Malanda and check into our accommodation before dinner at the Malanda Hotel which is the largest wooden hotel in Australia.Overnight Malanda Lodge Motel (B,L,D)

DAY 5 – Highest Pub in QLD, Paronella Park Night Tour

Today we visit the historic Ravenshoe Hotel. Formally the Tully Falls it was built in 1927 and the pub boasts to be Queensland’s highest. We then make our way to Mungalli Creek Dairy which is famous for its products. Time for lunch here before stopping off at the Mamu Tropical Skywalk providing spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest. Then into Innisfail for hotel check in before visiting Paronella Park to experience its evening ‘Darkness Falls Tour’. Even if you have been here before, this is a totally different way to see the park. Overnight Barrier Reef Motel (B,L,D)

DAY 6 – Iconic “Pub with no Beer”

Lees Hotel in Ingham (formerly the Day Dawn Hotel) is the original “Pub With No Beer ” made famous by Australia’s favourite son and Country singer Slim Dusty in 1957. The hit song was based on the poem by local Ingham poet Dan Sheahan who rode into the Pub one morning in 1943 to have a nice cold beer and discovered that a convoy of American serviceman had come through the previous day and drunk the Pub dry! In recognition of the historic event, in 2005 Lee’s Hotel became the only Heritage Listed iconic hotel in Queensland. We enjoy a lunch here before making our way into Townsville. Overnight Madison Plaza Hotel (B,L)

DAY 7 – 1901 Great Northern Hotel

This morning we make our way up to Castle Hill for a stunning views from the lookout. Then visit the Queens Gardens to wander through the lush displays. Lunch today is at the 1901 Great Northern Hotel. The hotel has elaborate external cast-iron decorative detailing an the finest example in Townsville of this architecture. As the pub is very close to our motel, the afternoon is then free to stay on and have a couple of drinks if you wish. Overnight Madison Plaza Hotel (B,L)

DAY 8 – 1887 Commercial Hotel, Historical Charters Towers

Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. 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 reflects Charters Towers’ golden and military past. We visit the 1887 Commercial Hotel for lunch – one of the landmark Hotels from the goldfields era. This evening we enjoy 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 9 – 1865 Eureka Hotel

Hervey’s Range today enjoying the fantastic scenic views along the way. We will stop at the Historical Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms for lunch which is a heritage listed property and holds a special place in the history of North Queensland. Beginning 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. Then making our way back into Townsville to meet the train home. Note: If not using the train service, your tour completes in Townsville at 2pm. Overnight Spirit of Queensland (B,L)

DAY 10 – Arrive Brisbane

The Spirit of Queensland arrives into Brisbane this morning leaving you with cherished memories of both the Australian outback and tropical north Queensland. The train is schedule to arrive at 9.20am.

B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

dates & pricing

2020 Departure Dates:
28 April, 25 July, 19 Sep
Twinshare Sole Use Rail Fares Rail Bed Premium Economy Seat
$1790 + rail $2210 + rail QLD Pensioner $400 $50
Senior Card $620 $340
BQuick Adult fare $721 $414
  • A deposit of $450pp is required within 7 days
  • QLD Pensioner fare is using 4 vouchers for RailBeds
  • Seniors Fares are for Australian Government Senior Card Holders only
  • Pension and Seniors Card numbers must be advised at time of booking
  • 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
  • RailBed fares include meals. Other train fares do not include meals

Highlights & inclusions

  • Accommodation & meals as per Itinerary
  • Coach Captain and commentary
  • 1878 Court House Hotel, Port Douglas
  • Daintree River Cruise & Mossman Gorge
  • Atherton Tablelands & Curtain Fig Tree
  • 1910 Yungaburra & 1911 Malanda Hotel
  • Highest Pub in QLD & Paronella Park
  • The Pub with no Beer, Ingham
  • Townsville & Great Northern Hotel
  • Charters Towers & The Commercial Hotel
  • 1865 Eureka Hotel & Harvey’s Range
  • Escorted from Cairns

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