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Scenic route

We took the train from Brisbane to Longreach in September. The food was good but way too big a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mckeough7
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Mollymook, Australia
A great experience

We took the Spirit of the Outback on a one way journey from Brisbane to Longreach. For a splurge... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
NauticalDreamer3010
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Buddina, Australia
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Enjoy an up-front view of Queensland's captivating Outback, in air conditioned comfort onboard the Spirit of the Outback. This fascinating journey between Brisbane and Longreach offers a unique insight into the history and culture of early Australia...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Longreach Railway Station | Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Queensland, Australia
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+61 1800 872 467
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife Corinne and I have just finished a trip on the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach on 3rd October 2018 and thought you might be interested in this photo I took of the train from the window of our dining car....More

Thank David H
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you had a fabulous experience aboard our Spirit of the Outback train. We are happy that you found the staff and food magnificent.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the train from Brisbane to Longreach in September. The food was good but way too big a portion. The beds were OK but sleeping over the wheels meant you had a bumpy ride. The staff were very friendly and helpful. It was an...More

1  Thank mckeough7
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing such a detailed and glowing account of your experience aboard our train and, your journey into the outback! We're delighted you had such an enjoyable time and, we hope you devoured the delicious chef-prepared meals ;) We'd love to have you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Experience this before it's gone. The last Queensland travel travel with private-cabin sleeping cars for first class and great value when you consider that your first-class ticket buys you overnight accommodation, Dinner-breakfast-lunch meals and travel from Brisbane to Longreach (another great destination for another review)....More

1  Thank mandrtravels
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and fabulous experience aboard the Spirit of the Outback.. our little outback treasure. We're glad you enjoyed your journey in our First Class Sleepers, cosy but comfortable - we agree the food is quite delicious :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travelled recently on the QLD rail service to Longreach from Brisbane on First class single cabins, with a elderly parent, First Class cabins were lacked space, the door will not fully open when the bed is down.Very dated. Do not take a large bag...More

Thank helen23504
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We'd be lying if we said we weren't a little disappointed you didn't thoroughly enjoy your journey however, we do understand bed comfort (or discomfort) is a very personal thing. We hope that it hasn't impacted your holiday experience too...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

It is a comfortable but long slow trip to Longreach from Brisbane - some 25 hours! Having a sleeper you are well looked after and for the price it is hard to criticise the meals, service and attention you receive. I do think it is...More

2  Thank Lindajwil
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

The Spirit of the Outback is all about the journey however, and having the time to relax in the First Class Lounge Car while mingling with other guests is often a highlight for many of our customers. The meals provided in our First Class Dining...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018

Spirit of outback . First class. NO WAY The worst train journey we have experienced. Redesigned cabins are third world. No room uncomfortable beds , cramped and far below clean. Opened the small draw compartment and food craps still in there. Complained and told they...More

Thank eireid
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for providing your feedback. We're disappointed to hear that this was your experience - we'll be passing this on for review within our Customer Feedback Team. You are welcome to call them directly on 13 16 17, pressing option 4, if you would...More

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We missed out on sleeper compartments due to heavy bookings so forced to sit up in what turned out to be reasonably comfy layback seats similar to airline business class that were much wider than those in the sleeper compartments. We weren’t disappointed. Toilets were...More

1  Thank 755revs
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Sales at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We're delighted you enjoyed your journey, and thank you for sharing your feedback on our seats and food, we are proud of our customer service aboard the Spirit of the Outback and the menu offered by our onboard chef. Sorry...More

Reviewed 21 August 2018

We took the Spirit of the Outback on a one way journey from Brisbane to Longreach. For a splurge we opted for a first class sleeper cabin. We left right on time (or 9 seconds early actually) at 6.10pm after loading at 5.45pm. After spending...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thank you for sharing such a detailed and glowing account of your experience aboard our train and, your journey into the outback! We're delighted you enjoyed your journey, and thank you for sharing your feedback on our staff and food, we are proud of our...More

Reviewed 19 August 2018

Something you have to experience at least once. The food in first class is excellent, staff friendly and approachable and nothing is too much trouble. Sleeper cabins a little tight, bed not so comfortable and the air con a bit cold but it's only for...More

Thank karenarb2017
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you for your review. We're delighted you enjoyed your journey, and thank you for sharing your feedback on our staff and food, we are proud of our customer service aboard the Spirit of the Outback and the menu offered by our onboard chef. The...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Myself and my partner travelled from Brisbane to Longreach on a Tuesday and then travelled back from Emerald to Brisbane on Thursday the following week. We had a first class sleeper. First of all the meals are absolutely top notch. Thank you. The dining car...More

Thank JdkGad
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Spirit of the Outback Train, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Thank you for your review. We're delighted you enjoyed your journey, and thank you for sharing your feedback on our staff and food, we are proud of our customer service aboard the Spirit of the Outback and the menu offered by our onboard chef. The...More

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Diana L
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Response from liz255068 | Reviewed this property |
No smoking. But you can outside when stopping at a station
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Response from Ron G | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Please contact QUEENSLAND rail
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Hi Rebecca, Thank you for checking. Your best point of contact for these types of queries is our Customer Contact Centre. When circumstances such as these are out of our customers' control, there are a number of options... More
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