Queensland Rail, Reef and Rainforest Escape
From Brisbane To Cairns - 7 Nights
- Departing from:
- 7 Nights
- Fly, Rail & Tour Holiday aboard the Spirit of Queensland with Lie-flat RailBed & 5-star Hotel Stays
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Price per person
Day 1, Start in Brisbane City
Upon arrival in Brisbane, make your own way to the hotel in the city. Set on the banks of the Brisbane River, Queensland’s capital is picturesque and energetic. Sprawling green parklands make their way throughout the CBD, and the city comes to life at night with world-class restaurants, dazzling bars, and riverside institutions. The perfect hub of museums, libraries, markets, and performing arts centres, Brisbane has made a name for itself in cultural experiences.
Day 2, Depart by Rail from Brisbane aboard the Spirit of Queensland
Take your time this morning to explore Brisbane then make your own way to nearby Roma Street Station to board the iconic Spirit of Queensland. As the train rolls out of Brisbane, take a seat in your RailBed car and enjoy the unique sense of relaxation only rail offers. Enjoy in-seat service as you take in the ever-changing views with the sun setting over the southern Queensland hills. Make use of the state-of-the-art in-seat entertainment system before the fold-down service converts your chair into a comfortable bed for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 3, Arrive by Rail to Cairns aboard the Spirit of Queensland
The Spirit of Queensland will be entering the tropics when you wake up this morning. Watch the fertile agricultural land slip by as you are served delicious breakfast in your seat. Today’s journey takes you through the iconic north Queensland towns of Townsville, Ingham, Tully and more before pulling into Cairns at 4.30 pm. After disembarking, make your own way to the stunning Crystalbrook Flynn, A Cairns Luxury Hotel, to relax for the evening.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 4, Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
Make your own way to the marina this morning to cruise to the Great Barrier Reef on a once-in-a-lifetime Great Adventures cruise. Cruise out on a super-smooth air-conditioned catamaran. Once at the Outer Reef pontoon, choose to snorkel, swim, dive or stay dry and marvel at the beauty and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. The stable activity platform houses a bar and dining area, with lunch included in your day. Visit the underwater observatory or take to the water via the easily accessible snorkel platform, with gear included.
Day 5, Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour
Discover where the rainforest meets the reef on your Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to Cape Tribulation; through some of the oldest rainforests in the world. Included is morning tea and a driver-guided walk at Mossman Gorge, a cruise on the Daintree River, a delicious tropical BBQ lunch set amongst the rainforest, walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach, and enjoy a delicious exotic fruit ice cream cup at the Daintree Ice Cream Company and a photo stop at Alexandra Lookout.
Meals: Boxed breakfast and lunch
Day 6, Cairns Free Day / Optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience
Today is a free day of leisure to explore Cairns as you please.
- Optional: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience from $330pp*
Discover Cairns from a different perspective on a hot air balloon ride! Nothing beats watching the sunrise over the Atherton Tablelands from the ultimate vantage point. Top off this experience with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling bubbles and plenty of laughs during pack-up games! Includes return coach transfers to hotels in Cairns, hot air balloon flights and a glass of bubbles.
Day 7, Cairns Free Day / Optional Kuranda by Skyrail & Scenic Train
Today is a free day of leisure to explore Cairns as you please.
- Optional: Kuranda by Skyrail & Scenic Train from $199pp*
Experience an amazing rainforest journey with stops along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda. Enjoy free time to explore the quaint village of Kuranda and the Heritage Markets. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels and curved bridges aboard the Kuranda Scenic Rail to conclude your half-day adventure. Includes return coach transfers to hotels in Cairns and Kuranda Boarding Pass with discounts to optional Kuranda attractions.
Day 8, Fly Home From Cairns
At the end of a wonderful tropical getaway, make your own way to the airport, bidding farewell to beautiful Cairns, and taking home incredible memories.
Ease into your Tropical North Queensland holiday with a night in Brisbane city centre. Then enjoy wine and dine service as you watch the heritage buildings of Brisbane give way to the iconic scenery of the Sunshine State in the comfort of your Spirit of Queensland RailBed. Alight in Cairns for your luxurious 5-night Cairns resort stay, topped off with full day tours on the incredible Great Barrier Reef and in the spectacular Daintree Rainforest. Relax with free time to discover the gems of Cairns before taking an included flight home.
- Take a rail journey onboard the Spirit of Queensland and see the iconic scenery of the Sunshine State
- Enjoy the lie-flat RailBed, in-seat wine & dine service and entertainment onboard
- Dive into a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the Great Barrier Reef
- Discover where the rainforest meets the reef on your Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour
- Relax in style at the 5-star Crystalbrook Flynn, A Cairns Luxury Hotel
- Explore the river city of Brisbane with a 5-star stay at Sofitel Brisbane Central
- 1 Night at Sofitel Brisbane Central in a Superior Room with full breakfast, welcome drink and 1pm late checkout
2 Days / 1 Night aboard the Spirit of Queensland from Brisbane to Cairns in a lie-flat RailBed with lunch and dinner
- In-seat wine and dine service and entertainment aboard the Spirit of Queensland
- 5 Nights at Crystalbrook Flynn in an Urban View Room with buffet breakfast daily at Flynn’s Italian, welcome drink and 1pm late checkout
- Full Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise and Pontoon Experience with buffet lunch, refreshments and water sports
- Full Day Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge Guided Tour with tropical lunch and ice cream
- One-way Flight from Cairns to Brisbane (return flights to other cities can be added with a surcharge)
Price based on tours starting:
- 12 May 2024
- 26 May 2024
- 9 June 2024
- 8 September 2024
- 10 November 2024
- 17 November 2024
- 1 December 2024
- 26 January 2025
- 2 February 2025
- 16 February 2025
- 2 March 2025
- 16 March 2025
Extra charges apply for:
- 7 April 2024 ($100pp)
- 21 April 2024 ($100pp)
- 16 June 2024 ($150pp)
- 7 July 2024 ($250pp)
- 28 July 2024 ($150pp)
- 4 August 2024 ($150pp)
- 25 August 2024 ($150pp)
- 22 September 2024 ($150pp)
- 6 October 2024 ($150pp)
- 22 December 2024 ($350pp)
- 29 December 2024 ($250pp)
- 5 January 2025 ($350pp)
Price based on departing from Brisbane
Extra charges apply for:
- Sydney ($250pp)
- Melbourne ($350pp)
- Perth ($500pp)
- Adelaide ($550pp)
Airport transfers, meals not stated, drinks on meals, travel insurance (strongly recommended), optional tours, tipping, personal expenses and anything not explicitly listed under inclusions or itinerary are at your own expense.
A first deposit from $299 per person is required to secure your booking. A second deposit (partial payment) is due 10 months before departure – the amount to be advised at the time of booking. The final balance will be due 5 months before departure. Full payment is due at the time of booking for departures within 5 months.
Spirit of Queensland Seating
For bookings of 2 people, whilst you will be seated near each other, please be advised that due to layout restrictions on the Spirit of Queensland, there is no guarantee that you will be seated in directly adjoining rail beds. We will always advise Queensland Rail that you are travelling together, however, it is at their discretion as to your seating allocation.
Queensland Rail Terms
If Queensland Rail Travel have a good reason (for example health and safety, track closures, security, weather or breakdowns), they may substitute, cancel, delay or change services, stations, places or destinations. If this occurs the Queensland Rail Travel’s Disruptions policy shall apply:
1. Travel with using the alternate transport provided (usually coach transfer).
2. Rebook travel to a different date. Change fees are waived.
3. Cancel and receive a full refund less any non-refundable supplier costs. Note that the rail portion of the costs will be fully refunded.
A moderate level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation. You will be required to carry your own baggage to and from hotels, terminals and stations. Walking aids may be permitted if you are able move about unassisted at the required pace. For advice on whether this trip is suitable for you, you must disclose physical ailments at the time of booking.
Surcharges may apply for peak travel periods. Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. All prices are in Australian dollars per person twin share unless stated otherwise.
A single supplement from $999 per person is payable in addition to the twin share price for solo occupancy.
Triple share is not available.
This tour is best enjoyed by adult travellers and is not suitable for children under 10 years of age. Children 10 years and above are subject to the adult price and must be accompanied by an adult.
Each amendment is subject to a fee from $75 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.
Cancellation is subject to a fee from $550 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.
It is the responsibility of the customer to check and comply with the health, vaccination, COVID-19 and immigration requirements of each origin and destination country, and health requirements imposed by air, tour, cruise, and accommodation providers. Vaccinations, testing, and quarantine costs are the expense of the customer. Comprehensive travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is strongly recommended.
Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage fees may apply. You are encouraged to pack lightly. Porterage is not included and you will be expected to carry your own bags. Luggage and personal effects are your own risk and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.
Please notify us and your tour guides of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking but note that choices may be limited or not catered for.
Accommodation names referenced are to be used as an indicative guide for the standard of accommodation to expect. Actual accommodation names may differ and will be confirmed on your final documentation. All hotel ratings are local or self-ratings provided by the supplier. All rooms will be lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise specified. The standard check-in time is after 3pm and check-out is before 10am.
The tour and its optional programs may require minimum numbers to operate.
The operating schedule and itinerary may be impacted without notice by adverse weather, seasonal factors, closures, local conditions, COVID-19 or other factors beyond our control including force majeure. If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, alternatives will be provided where possible. The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed appropriate by the operator for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation. Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.
It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour according to the prescribed program. Departure from the group or deviation from the set itinerary are not permitted unless written prior approval is provided.
Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure of the respective travel component.
Travel insurance is not included and is strongly recommended. Ask our holiday experts for great coverage options.
Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control. In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, the supplier reserves the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.