Spirit of the Outback (Queensland Rail) - Australia

Spirit of the Outback (Queensland Rail)

The Spirit of the Outback is a long-distance passenger rail service in Queensland, Australia, operated by Queensland Rail's Traveltrain division.

Spirit of the Outback Route

Debuting in November 1993 by combining the former Capricornian and Midlander trains, this 1,325 km rail journey operates between Brisbane and Longreach. The Spirit of the Outback travels along the east coast of Queensland, from Brisbane to Rockhampton, where it heads west through Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine, to Longreach.

The Spirit of the Outback passes through coastal landscapes and then travels into the Outback, through mountain ranges, sunburnt plains and historic towns and to attractions such as the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Outback Museum. The train operates twice weekly. In January 2015, the service was upgraded with refurbished L series carriages. At this time the M series carriages and Motorail services were also withdrawn.

Spirit of the Outback Classes of Travel

The Spirit of the Outback has three classes of travel:
  • Economy seats
  • Economy single sleepers
First class sleeping berths:
  • 'First Class Single Sleeper' , with a seat and fold-down bed
  • 'First Class Twin Sleeper' , with two seats that convert into two lower single beds.
Spirit of the Outback Overview

Service Type: Passenger train
The Midlander

First Service: November 1993
Current Operator(s): Queensland Rail
Ridership: 18,216 (2010/11)
Route Start: Brisbane
Route End: Longreach
Distance Travelled: 1,325 kilometres
Average Journey Time: 26 hours
Service Frequency: 2 x per week
Line Used:
North Coast
Central Western

Spirit of the Outback Route Map
  • Brisbane
  • Caboolture
  • Nambour
  • Cooroy
  • Gympie
  • Maryborough West
  • Bundaberg
  • Miriam Vale
  • Gladstone
  • Mount Larcom
  • Rockhampton
  • Duaringa
  • Dingo
  • Bluff
  • Blackwater
  • Comet
  • Emerald
  • Anakie
  • Willows
  • Bogantungan
  • Drummond
  • Pine Hill
  • Alpha
  • Jericho
  • Barcaldine
  • Ilfracombe
  • Longreach


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